The Annual Fund supports the Da Vinci Science Center’s efforts toward bringing science to life and lives to science. Students and guests of all ages benefit from Annual Fund gifts through experiencing unforgettable exhibits and academic programs.
The last six months have been especially hard on our young people, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. While it has been challenging, the Da Vinci Science Center has been able to continue to reach this vulnerable population. For example, this summer, Da Vinci educators delivered STEAM kits to a local food bank where Lisa, a rising fifth-grader jumped with excitement when she realized she got to take the kit home. Without internet access at home, she was cut off from her school and friends. We were grateful to help her feel connected and continue her STEAM learning. Lisa said, “Now I can keep learning. I love doing experiments. I am really into science.”
Da Vinci Science Center is the leading provider of out-of-school STEAM learning for the Lehigh Valley, but the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Science Center’s operations has been difficult. It is the need to continue to bring STEAM learning to students like Lisa that we now write to you with some urgency. Will you help Lehigh Valley students continue STEAM learning with a gift to the Da Vinci Science Center today?
Thanks to many of you, last summer we delivered over 3000 STEAM kits for students like Lisa. Now well into the fall, we know that there will be no school field trips, school budgets are very tight, and hands-on science learning in area schools will be limited. Despite these obstacles, we remain committed to serving our community. We have developed a slate of virtual programs to help schools deliver strong STEAM curriculum and families enjoy online science experiences together. Our commitment to the community includes continuing to support our teachers with online professional development programs that give them tips and tools for engaging students in hands-on science virtually.
We also remain committed to the development of a new world-class science center in downtown Allentown, which will help create the future of the Lehigh Valley – a future where every student, no matter their economic or geographic circumstances, will be able to participate in Da Vinci’s high-quality STEAM educational programming.
Our goal continues to be bringing science to life for every young person in the Lehigh Valley despite these difficult times. We need your help so that we can deliver online experiences that transform lives, foster a love of learning, and inspire budding scientists to pursue their dreams.
With your commitment now, Da Vinci Science Center will be able to continue access to virtual STEAM programs for Lehigh Valley students from all backgrounds and provide STEAM kits like Lisa’s that students get to keep. These kits will provide hands-on experiences that are interesting, creative, and challenging whether at the kitchen table, in the classroom, or at a community site.
As a community, we will emerge from today’s challenges better than ever by working together. Today we ask for your continued support in helping Da Vinci Science Center emerge stronger. In partnership, we can continue helping students reach their full potential. Thank you in advance for contributing as generously as possible to help bring science to life for Lehigh Valley kids.
Jane and her family have been Da Vinci Science Center members and supporters since 2005. “We enjoy the fun and excitement of being around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programs and exhibits all the time.”
Support from members like Jane and her family are vital to the experiences at the Da Vinci Science Center. “I give beyond the annual membership fee because technology always changes and the Center must keep up with new inventions and ideas. Giving allows the Center to upgrade the experiences kids have when they visit.”
Jane’s grandkids, Alex, Nick, Lexi, and Jack, visit the Center numerous times each year. “I love the Da Vinci Science Center because it shows different ways science is used in your everyday life,” says 12-year-old Alex.
Jane is glad the Da Vinci Science Center exists for her grandkids every day. “If the Center didn’t exist, the kids wouldn’t have these opportunities to gain greater knowledge of science. Every parent wants to give their children the opportunity to achieve at their highest levels. By experiencing science at this level, kids are more encouraged, excited, and interested in STEAM fields.”
Mahx is an 8th grade student who has lived in Allentown his whole life. Thanks to donors like you, he had the opportunity to visit the Da Vinci Science Center for the first time this year.
He attended the Healthcare Career Connection Days with the Raub Middle School advanced science classes.
"At this workshop, we extracted DNA from strawberries, we examined the brain of a sheep, and we practiced injecting medicine into an IV. I learned a lot more than just hearing about science from a presenter.”
Mahx uses his passion for science to participate in state-level competitions. This year, he won first prize for his project on the physics of parachutes at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. He hopes to become a video game programmer after graduation. Help Students Like Mahx
"Da Vinci was really fun and interesting and I’d like to go back again with my family."
Shaiyan is a 15-year-old Girl Scout of Eastern Pa. She saved three years of Girl Scout cookie money to bring 15 underserved children to the Da Vinci Science Center.
It was the children's first visit to the Science Center, and they had a great time exploring the exhibits and having fun with science.
"It was amazing to see their reactions while learning something new,” said Shaiyan.
Shaiyan embodies the Science Center's mission of bringing science to life and lives to science. You too can support hands-on science experiences for the underserved.
Support STEAM Exhibits & Programs
In these uncertain times, many of us have had to find new ways to go about our everyday lives; from grocery shopping to doing our jobs, we have had to adapt.
While this has been challenging for all of us at Da Vinci Science Center, the good news is that with your help, we have been able to create new ways to “bring science to life and lives to science”.
We delivered over 3,000 STEAM kits throughout the Lehigh Valley
Our educators provided virtual programing to over 1,000 students
We held a Virtual Science Fair with over 60 participants
Our team provided Virtual and In-Person Summer Camps
We opened an outdoor, socially distanced, contact-free exhibit: BRICKLIVE Ocean
We provided virtual teacher professional development for over 100 teachers
This year, with your help, we can secure an even greater future. Please join our supporters in helping students gain hands-on experience in STEAM fields, especially the underserved where the need is the greatest.
We're doing a costume contest with B104! Visit Jack-O-Lantern Lane in costume now through Oct. 31 and enter to win a family membership or 4 tickets to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the PPL Center! More details at bit.ly/3b2VHiq. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our friends from the Lehigh Valley chapter of American Chemical Society are joining us on Saturday for a day full of chemistry fun! Experiment with pop rocks and glow sticks! All included with general admission or membership. Learn more at bit.ly/3vrL7e2. ... See MoreSee Less
Meet Annette Van Dien, one of the distinguished panelists at our Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum on Oct. 12.Annette is a Senior Engineer at D’Huy Engineering, Inc. (DEI), located in Bethlehem, Pa. Annette began her journey in engineering as an undergraduate at Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Meet Annette at the virtual WISE Forum Public Panel Discussion on Oct. 12. Learn more at bit.ly/3xVnif4... See MoreSee Less
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There are only a few spots left in Silly, Spooky Science Camp on Oct. 11. Kids will spend the day exploring, investigating, experimenting, and creating while kickstarting their Halloween festivities with a day of spook-tacular STEAM exploration. bit.ly/3l7NyyZ... See MoreSee Less
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Meet Dr. Jaye Gardiner, one of the distinguished panelists for our Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum on Oct. 12. Dr. Gardiner received her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she studied how HIV effectively spreads between cells and how that infection changed the cells behaviors. Now, she researches pancreatic cancer’s tumor microenvironment, specifically focusing on how the non-tumor cells communicate to support the tumor at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.Meet Dr. Gardiner at the virtual WISE Forum Public Panel Discussion on Oct. 12. Learn more at bit.ly/3xVnif4... See MoreSee Less
Meet Victoria Brifo, one of the distinguished panelists for our Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum on Oct. 12Victoria is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Air Products. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s Human Resources organization, including HR Operations, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Management, and Compensation and Benefits, as well as Global Health and Wellness, and Corporate Aviation and Corporate Transportation.Meet Victoria at the virtual WISE Forum Public Panel Discussion on Oct. 12. Learn more at bit.ly/3xVnif4... See MoreSee Less
Meet Kelly Beaver, one of the distinguished panelists for our Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum on Oct. 12.Kelly is currently leading the sales, marketing, procurement, and logistics of all gas and electric supply for the retail and wholesale operations at UGIES. She is also responsible for the management and optimization of natural gas storage and associated pipeline transportation, sale of peaking and related services, and purchase and delivery of liquid fuels (oil and propane). Meet Kelly at the virtual WISE Public Panel Discussion on Oct. 12. Learn more at bit.ly/3xVnif4... See MoreSee Less
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No school on Oct. 11? We've got you covered with Silly, Spooky Science Camp for grades K-5. Kickstart your Halloween festivities with a day of spook-tacular STEAM exploration. bit.ly/3kKWzxV... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Megan Frank and the team at PBS39 for receiving a 2021 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy® Award for Writer (NASA: The Future Is Female). We are proud to note that Da Vinci Science Center Senior Director of Education, Karen Knecht, took part in the program! #womeninstem ... See MoreSee Less
Join the CMB-S4 Collaboration for the Saturday Science Series, a virtual lecture series for high school students, beginning Oct. 9. Register at bit.ly/36XXoM8.The CMB-S4 Collaboration is a scientific organization of astronomers from around the world, who collaborate to design, build, deploy, operate, and analyze data from the upcoming CMB-S4 Experiment. The experiment will observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the oldest light in the Universe, which can be thought of as a literal baby picture of the Universe. The collaboration is supported by NSF (National Science Foundation) and DoE (Department of Energy). ... See MoreSee Less
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