GREENVILLE, SC – June 11, 2015 -The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate to support the museum’s STEM education programs.
STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is a core component of the museum’s programming. Annually, the museum provides more than 700 hours of STEM programs including STEM lessons for visiting school groups, STEM-focused summer day camps, afterschool FIRST® LEGO® League, and Rad Lab science programs.
“The Children’s Museum of the Upstate plays an important role in providing high-quality, hands-on learning experiences for children in the Upstate,” said Linda Hannon, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy. “We are proud to support their efforts to promote STEM education to the next generation of our region’s workforce.”
A study recently completed by Competing Through Knowledge indicated that if current rates do not change, South Carolina will have a shortfall of more than 100,000 graduating students with the necessary post-high school education to be hired.
One suggested factor for this alarming statistic was reported in the 2010 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report which states that, “The problem is not just a lack of proficiency among American students; there is also a lack of interest in STEM fields among many students.”
“The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is equipped to engage in the earliest stages of workforce development by providing elementary school students the opportunity to explore their interests and develop 21st century skills at that critical time when they are just beginning to define their interests,” said Nancy Halverson, TCMU President and CEO.
Spaces are still available for the museum’s STEM-focused summer day camps for elementary school students. All details can be found on the museum’s website, as well as information about upcoming STEM public programs, at www.tcmupstate.org.
Linda Hannon, Government & Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy; Nancy Halverson, TCMU President and CEO; and students from Concrete Primary School in Anderson, SC, who were visiting TCMU for a STEM field trip.
About the The Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the Foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy.
For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/community/foundation.asp.
About the The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) TCMU’s mission is to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. Conveniently located in downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, visitors experience 19 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. At 80,000 square feet, TCMU is the nation’s 7th largest children’s museum and 10th largest in the world. As the nation’s first children’s museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, there are new and exciting programs developed for every age level to stimulate creativity and stir the imagination. For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.