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DSC to be Honored with 2016 Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy

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The Da Vinci Science Center has been named a 2016 recipient of the Inez and Edward Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy from Community Services for Children in Allentown, Pa.

The Donley award has been given annually since 1996 in recognition of public service that improves quality of life significantly for children locally, regionally, or nationally. The award is named after its first recipients – celebrated education philanthropist and former Air Products President and Chairman Edward Donley and his late wife, Inez. Community Services for Children provides early childhood education services throughout the Lehigh Valley area, including a Head Start program ranked one of the ten best in the United States by the National Head Start Association.

The Da Vinci Science Center will be honored on April 21, 2016, at DeSales University along with Marci Ronald, Executive Vice President of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center, will accept the award on the Center’s behalf.

The Da Vinci Science Center has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992 primarily by presenting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – also known collectively as STEM – to kids in informal, creative, and interesting ways that inspire excitement and exploration. The Center helps enrich the quality of life for children through its school field trip experiences and workshops, Outreach Programs, Summer Camp programs, Scout Programs, visitor programs, and mentoring efforts. The Center’s professional development programs also empower educators to inspire students through hands-on inquiry-based learning.

“The Inez and Edward Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy is an exceptionally meaningful honor for the Da Vinci Science Center because it reflects directly on the Center’s core purpose,” Erickson said. “By awakening children’s interests in STEM and promoting fundamental skills at a very young age, we seek to prepare them to consider STEM careers that meet growing industry demands and become educated citizens who strengthen to the quality of life in local, regional, and global communities.”

The Da Vinci Science Center has expanded its influence in recent years by deepening its dedication to advancing STEM education through partnerships with schools and community organizations; mentoring underserved students; and leading a regional initiative to support current female STEM professionals and encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

The Center’s annual participation – which includes its visitors, program, participants, and event patrons – reached a record total of 127,720 people in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and has increased more than 70 percent since its 2009 fiscal year.

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