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The Da Vinci Science Center gave thanks on the day before Thanksgiving to companies that have contributed $143,000 in its 2014-2015 fiscal year to date through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).
The EITC program allows eligible companies to receive tax credits for contributing to educational improvement organizations like the Da Vinci Science Center. Companies providing EITC support to the Center for 2014-2015 to date are UGI Utilities; PPL Susquehanna, LLC; Capital Blue Cross; TEVA Pharmaceuticals; Susquehanna Bank; and Weis Markets.
The Da Vinci Science Center uses support through EITC for its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs – including its school field trip workshops and Outreach Programs. These hands-on programs excite students about science; strengthen their understanding of science content; and raise their awareness of STEM careers.
Approximately 25,000 Pre-K-12 students participated in Da Vinci Science Center field trips during its 2013-2014 year and nearly 25,000 students participated in outreach programs, said Lin Erickson’s the Center’s Executive Director and CEO.
“By awakening young minds and engaging them in vibrant STEM subjects through school field trips and outreach programs, the Da Vinci Science Center is impacting the educational experiences received by students in eastern Pennsylvania,” Erickson said. “The Center’s programs also raise awareness of lucrative and stable STEM career opportunities as part a regional effort to develop a successful 21st century STEM workforce.”