Detroit, Mich., Oct. 17, 2023 – The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) has received a generous grant from Bank of America that has enabled Mi-Sci to open their popular Sponsors of Science program a month earlier than anticipated. The program is currently accepting applications.
Sponsors of Science offers varying grant scholarships and is specifically designed to support schools and community groups serving low income, Title One students and children. Each allocation can cover up to 100 percent of a group’s field trip visit to Mi-Sci.
“We are deeply grateful to Bank of America for their valuable and timely gift,” says Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “Their support not only recognizes the importance of informal hands-on STEM education for children but also ensures that we can continue to promote intergenerational learning with families.”
“Making these scholarships accessible and supporting students and STEM education through the Sponsors of Science will help develop top-tier Michigan talent,” said Matt Elliott, president of Bank of America Michigan. “This exceptional program builds on Bank of America’s partnership with the Michigan Science Center that we hope will continue to be long and impactful.”
To be eligible for the program, groups must consist of 20 individuals or more, belong to an educational program such as a school field trip, community group, or social service and predominantly serve children from high-need/low-income backgrounds. All Mi-Sci’s exhibits, special traveling exhibit, science shows, and demonstrations are included in each field trip experience. Additionally, schools can incorporate films in the IMAX® Dome Theatre, Toyota 4D Engineering Theater, or shows in the Planetarium into their schedule if time allows.
The Planetarium shows include:
· Big Astronomy: Dive into the world-class observatories in Chile’s Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert, getting acquainted with the individuals who make these incredible discoveries possible. Suitable for ages nine and up.
· A Lunar Journey: Embark on a voyage to understand our closest celestial body, the moon. Discover its various phases, delve into the phenomenon of eclipses, and learn about other intriguing moons in our solar system. Ideal for children aged six and above.
· One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure: Join beloved characters Big Bird, Elmo, and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu on a mesmerizing journey exploring the night sky, all the way to the moon and back!
Interested groups are encouraged to apply via a website form, while funds are still available, with field trips commencing as soon as November 1st.
For more details on the Michigan Science Center and its initiatives, please call 313.577.8400 or visit Mi-Sci.org.