BENEFITING: Michigan Science Center
ORGANIZER: Michigan Science Center
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Donate to the Sponsors of Science Program at the Michigan Science Center, and help us bring the joy of a creative, dynamic STEM learning experience to those who cannot afford to visit us on their own.
Our Sponsors of Science (SOS) program offers free field trips and outreach to under-served and under-resourced communities in Detroit and across the state. Historically, this funding primarily serves Detroit Schools with field trips to the Michigan Science Center --schools that generally have 80%+ of their students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. In addition to serving schools, SOS funding is also used to offer free admission for after school programs and community organizations that serve at-risk youth. Additionally it offers MiSci summer camps free to kids in need, provides free outreach programs to struggling schools, and assists with transportation/bussing expenses to the Michigan Science Center.
The mission of the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) is to inspire children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment.
MiSci is a unique and fun hands-on STEM learning and exploration center featuring over 250 exhibits and interactive experiences located in Detroit, Michigan. Our inquiry-based exhibitions are complemented by five STEM theater and performance spaces – the FCA IMAX® Dome Theater, Dassault Systémes Planetarium, Toyota Engineering Theater, DTE Energy Sparks Theater, FCA Science Stage – along with two science labs, a discovery kitchen, and multiple mini-demonstration experiences throughout the facility. MiSci also has an extensive outreach program that serves schools, community centers, and festivals in the greater Detroit region and throughout the state of Michigan (35 counties and counting, including our annual U.P. library tour!).
Through an interactive approach to STEM with engaging exhibits, shows and activities, MiSci strives to help launch the next generation of Michigan’s engineers, scientists and innovators, and significantly impact the cultural and economic renewal of Detroit and Michigan – and to encourage the amazing, the entertaining, and the creative side of science that makes those “aha!” moments possible.
MiSci has been offering free and reduced field trips since opening in 2012. Since opening, SOS has served approximately 25,000 students and chaperones with field trips as well as provided free summer camps for 30 4-8th grade students and expending $20,000 in transportation support.
Our $100,000 goal for the 2016/2017 school year is to:
- Serve 10,000+ students and chaperones through free field trips.
- Impact 75 children (k-8) with free camps and workshops.
- Offer up to 40 free outreach programs to local schools, after school programs and other youth serving organizations.
- Offer $10,000 for bussing support.
- Expand engagement in all 7 counties of SE Michigan plus provide outreach to regions across the state of Michigan.