The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) to support STEM education programs.
STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is a core component of the museum’s 19 permanent exhibits. Annually, the museum provides hundreds of hands-on STEM programs including STEM field trips for visiting school groups, STEM summer camps, afterschool FIRST® LEGO® League, Rad Lab science programs, and special one-day events like Maker Fest.
Pictured from left to right are:
Addy Matney, TCMU Board Chair
Nancy Halverson, TCMU President & CEO
Michael Durham, Community Relations Manager for Piedmont Natural Gas.
“We need to equip our children with strong STEM skills so our country can remain competitive in the global market,” said Michael Durham, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. “The Children’s Museum does an incredible job of getting children excited about science and math, and Piedmont is delighted to support their efforts.”
“We are grateful for Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation’s support of our STEM programs. We are able to serve 200,000 children and families annually with interactive STEM exhibits and programs thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses who contribute,” said Nancy Halverson, TCMU President and CEO.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is open 7 days in the summer through Labor Day and closed on Mondays during the school year. Admission is just $9 for children and $10 for adults. The STEM program schedule and all details can be found on the museum’s website, www.tcmupstate.org.