An interactive children’s museum in Rutherford County has received a large grant to help it grow and offer a new free workshop for seventh-year science students.
KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum received a $ 9,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to purchase equipment to help the organization partner with Lake Lure Classical Academy to deliver a series of free workshops and STEAM-themed practices for students. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
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One of the main objectives of these programs will be to help young people understand sustainable practices in the production and use of energy. “Mastering these areas of study will help our children find their own sustainable futures,” said Museum Executive Director Willard Whitson.
This STEAM Energy program initiative began with an introductory workshop on October 4 and will continue throughout the school year. “We are extremely happy to partner with the professors at LLCA. The knowledge we gain from delivering these programs will be invaluable in helping KidSenses create successful future STEAM programs for the museum’s existing facilities and for The FACTORY, the museum’s new teen learning center, currently under construction, ”said Mandi Williams, Deputy Director of KidSenses.
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Mr. Whitson added, “We are very grateful to have the support of Duke Energy, widely recognized as a pioneer in developing best practices in the production and delivery of sustainable energy throughout the South East. Over the past five years, the Duke Energy Foundation has provided over $ 65,000 to support educational programs and free access through our Fantastic Fridays program. “
“Duke Energy is committed to supporting activities for young people that stimulate interest in STEM topics. Knowledge in these areas can enable children in our region to be successful in their future workplace, ”said Craig DeBrew, district director for government and community relations at Duke Energy of the Carolinas.