Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Kelly Mendez (415) 379-5133



California Academy of Sciences’ Elizabeth Babcock to receive honor for leadership in digital learning lab collaboration
with San Francisco Public Library, KQED and Bay Area Video Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC (June 10, 2013) – On Tuesday, June 11th, the White House will honor twelve people as museum and library “Champions of Change.” This Champions event will focus on libraries and museums who make a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation. The honorees are providing powerful learning experiences. They are reaching young children and their families with early learning opportunities, offering exciting experiences for teens to develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math, helping immigrants learn English and pursue citizenship and providing services for hard-to-reach populations so that everyone can succeed in school and in life.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

To watch this event live, visit at 1:00 pm PST (4:00 pm ET) on June 11. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit

Elizabeth Babcock, Ph.D.
Chief Public Engagement Officer and Roberts Dean of Education, California Academy of Sciences
Elizabeth Babcock oversees the creation and implementation of the museum’s exhibits and education programs, including developmental resources and engagement opportunities for teachers, youth, families, and adults. She leads a team of dedicated educators, designers, and biologists who deliver a variety of programs aimed at increasing scientific literacy, developing digital skills, communicating critical science topics, and inspiring public engagement both at the museum and in the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Public Library, California Academy of Sciences, KQED, and the Bay Area Video Coalition have created a digital learning lab and regional youth program network designed to equip young people with 21st century skills, empowering them to make contributions to their own communities. Generously supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the involvement of many other organizations and foundations, the collaborative learning network has a STEAM focus (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in order to leverage the unique attributes and resources of San Francisco and the Bay Area, known for its cutting edge technology, science, and art.