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The Da Vinci Science Center plans to double the number of students served through their outreach programs over the next five years. A $25,000 grant from the PPL Foundation will help science center to purchase two outreach vehicles to deliver STEM programs to more students.
“We cannot thank the PPL Foundation enough for their generous support. With their gift, we will be able to reach many more students with exhibits and programs that will capture their interest in STEM and STEM careers and spark a lifetime love of learning” said Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center.
In the 2016-17 school year, science center delivered STEM outreach programs to more than 40,000 students. The outreach vehicles will allow staff to take exhibits such as robotics, liquid nitrogen, and health exhibits such as the SynDaver (synthetic cadaver), sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield and pop-up MEGABrain, sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network, on the road to schools that would otherwise not be able to experience these exhibits at the center.
“PPL is committed to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Electric Utilities’ regional affairs director. “Supporting organizations like the Da Vinci Science Center, which is making STEM education accessible to more youth, is something we strongly support. We believe it will have a lasting benefit in our region.”
About the PPL Foundation
Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are doing innovative and groundbreaking work to create vital, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. Since its inception in 2015, the PPL Foundation has contributed more than $4 million to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.
About Da Vinci Science Center: Open for ExSCIting Possibilities
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning science center that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science. An independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501©(3) status, the Da Vinci Science Center engages more than 140,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships.