Kate McGroarty, who was picked as the winner from 1,500 applicants, moved into the museum Oct. 20 and will complete her experience Thursday after a month of museum experiences shared with the public on her Facebook, Twitter and blog.
"These 30 days have been a whirlwind of 'firsts' for me, and it's been such a great experience," McGroarty said. "It's hard to believe that this adventure is coming to a close, but I have definitely discovered my inner science geek during these 30 days and met some incredible people. I know I will think about science in a different way from now on, and I have created memories that I will never forget."
McGroarty's time at the museum included a breakfast with Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell, watching an open heart surgery, and interacting with teachers and students visiting the museum's various exhibits.
"As Kate leaves MSI, she leaves with the $10,000 prize as part of the competition, but she also gets something pretty amazing and intangible -- 30 days of unique experiences, and a newfound sense of wonder about science," said Rob Gallas, vice president and chief marketing officer of the museum.
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