EdVenture Musuem awarded grant from NASA for new exhibit


COLUMBIA (WACH)--- EdVenture Childrenâ??s Museum has been awarded a grant of $893,308 to fund the creation of a new interactive exhibit gallery focused on the science and technology of flight.

Goals of the project include educating families about the principles and the future of aeronautics, providing hands-on and accessible opportunities to explore NASA technology and demonstrate the cultural impact of flight in our community.

The design of the permanent 1700 square foot exhibit will feature flight technology, materials science and NASAâ??s role in aeronautics for learners ages 3-12 years, their parents/caregivers and teachers.

"This support from NASA allows us to bring to life the science of flight through a state-of-the-art exhibit that will serve as the catalyst for new programs and STEM-based initiatives for all of our audiences including daily visitors, school and group field studies, and professional development for teachers and educators across the state," said Vice President of Education Nikki Williams.

EdVenture is one of only 12 organizations or science centers across the country to share $6 million in grants from NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities, a program that funds informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning experiences. Final funding is contingent upon NASA's approval of each organization's detailed business plan.