Amazement Square is awarded the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award
by the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

Amazement Square’s work on the Amazing Adventures of Scorpy Bug was awarded The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). The award is presented in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments that not only enhance the performance of the awarded institution, but that significantly advances the mission of science-technology centers and museums worldwide.

Amazement Square’s President/CEO Dr. Mort Sajadian accepted the award at the ASTC annual conference in Baltimore, on October 15, 2011.  Amazement Square competed against science and technology centers from around the globe for this award.As a new member of ASTC we are honored and delighted to be recognized for this international award and are energized to continue our science and technology related exhibitions and programs at a time in our nation when there is a real need to emphasize science education. This award brings great recognition to Lynchburg and the children of Central Virginia who are benefiting from these educational opportunities available here at Amazement Square,” said Sajadian.

The Amazing Adventures of Scorpy Bug isa curriculum-based cartoon series designed to help educators take an interactive and interdisciplinary approach to teaching challenging concepts. The series has been made available free-of-charge to teachers and families through publication in the regional newspaper and through a comic book series that addresses specific scientific topics. Scorpy is integrated across all museum platforms: exhibitions, outreach programs, website, and community and school partnerships. For more information about the Amazing Adventures of Scorpy Bug, please visit Scorpy’s website at

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