Children’s Museum Receives $5,000 Grant

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. —Jennifer Spaude from Consolidated Communications joined staff from the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota to present a $5,000 Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation grant award. This grant award will be used to provide enhanced STEM-powered program offerings at the Museum during no-school days, in order to engage more children more deeply in the power of STEM play – increasing the capacity of the Museum to better serve families, to provide unique out-of-school experiences that support classroom learning, and ultimately – to ignite the potential of the next generation of STEM innovators. 

Children and families will have the opportunity to make the most of no-school days by participating in a variety of STEM-powered activities that will spark their curiosity and engage them in critical thinking and creative problem-solving in the Museum. These activities will continue to be embedded in the Museum’s exhibit areas.  With ongoing facilitation provided by Museum staff and volunteers with a passion for STEM; the full potential of STEM-powered play will be activated to ignite the potential of children outside the boundaries of the school classrooms and calendars.    

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato, has welcomed nearly 100,000 visitors during each of its first two years of operation. The success of its efforts to engage diverse audiences of Museum visitors from across our region, and enrich children and families with opportunities for hands-on play, would not be possible without the support of funders such as Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.

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