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Discovery Science Center to take over Children's Museum of L.A.

Orange County's Discovery Science Center received the final pieces of funding Friday to take over the defunct Children's Museum of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles City Council approved $3.9 million from the Department of Water and Power and $3.6 million from the Bureau of Sanitation, because both will have exhibits in the new center, city officials said.

That makes a total of $21.2 million provided by the city for the Discovery Science Center to take over the Children's Museum, left uncompleted after a bankruptcy in 2009.

The new center, in the San Fernando Valley, is tentatively named DSC-LA. The building is two stories tall and spans 58,000 square feet. It is to become a science center open to all ages, much like the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.

"It's going to be kid- and family-friendly," said Dan Nasitka, spokesman for the Discovery Science Center. "It's going to be much more than a standard children's musem – very interactive, hands-on, technological events."

Part of the idea behind the new center is to fill gaps in science, technology, engineering and math education, known as STEM.

Permanent exhibits will focus on the environment, children's health and literacy, as well as a "Making the Grade" gallery for state science standards, according to a statement from the Discovery Science Center.

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