Igniting Minds in the Rural North
Fighting seasonal depression, low incomes, limited opportunitites, and long dark winters, families in rural Northern Michigan need something inspiring and beneficial to do together in every season. COGNiTiON is creating an interactive science playground, captivating the community and life long learners. Before COGNiTiON was opened last year (by a local mother-daughter duo and a small board of directors), a visit to a science center or interactive museum for the whole family would require a few hour's drive downstate. Many kids in the area never get this opportunity. Local families must rely heavily on limited school and library programming for any kind of enrichment.
In the meantime the local economy is stunted during the winter, as many families leave the small tourist towns of the northwest coast of Lake Michigan to seek entertainment in the wayside cities. And the city options are typically movies, bowling, or small entities geared at one specific age group. Thus, COGNiTiON's Mission is to be a fun place to expand minds through hands-on experiences for kids of all ages. And being open all year is an important part of this mission, because that's when the local residents need opportunities the most.
Our fun little startup center is nearing it's first year anniversary! We have had a grand adventure welcoming over 2500 guests, gaining 92 member families, running 13 weeks of day camps, participating in local festivals and community events, and so much more. The need is real, the welcome has been enthusiastic, and our BIG IDEA has been validated! The BIG IDEA is to have a much larger space (moving from just 800 sq ft into 8,000 sq feet of exhibit space!), that is an enticing destination for our five county region, maintains a wide variety of changing exhibits and programs, and has a robust presence and engagement level in our community. And the perfect space, a beautiful brick warehouse with big daylight windows, sits on three beatiful creekside lots, just a block away from our current location in downtown Beulah.
In order to embark on the campaign for our BIG IDEA our first goal is to fund the Science and Discovery Center through the winter. Once our winter hours and programs are financially supported, we can continue to grow and thrive, and focus more effort into expanding our programs and campaining for our larger space before it is no longer available. If we reach our goal of $50,000 we will be funded through at least April and have raised a substantial part of the downpayment to secure the ideal future location. We need the help of our community and patrons of children, family, education, science, STEM, art, rural comminities, and broaded opportunities, to help us on this important mission. With your support, COGNiTiON can expand minds and expand opportunities in beaurtiful Northern Michigan, for exponential impact!
$1 provides two batteries to help power our tinkering projects.
$10 powers the lights, heaters, and pumps for the plants and animals each month. $25 provides food for all of the animals at the center for a month.
$30 sponsors the operation for COGNiTiON for 1 hour.
$40 helps spread the word: ink, paper, and communication materials are key.
$50 provides Maker Space matierials for projects and experiments for weeks.
$100 sponsors exhibit improvements and future exhibits.
$250 sponsors a unique weekly program for the month.
$500 sponsors an entire week of COGNiTiON
$1000 sponsors the Discovery Center for two whole weeks.
$2000 sponsors a unique exhibit for an entire year
*These are examples of what your gift can do for COGNiTiON. All funds will be allocated towards the current needs of keeping COGNiTiON open, inspiring, and thriving at the given time. Thank you for your consideration!