Congratulating Fund-A-Bus Minigrant Recipients

fullsizerenderASTC is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fund-A-Bus minigrants, drawn at random at the ASTC Resource Center in the center of the Annual Conference Exhibit Hall during the 2016 Annual Conference.

All awards are contingent on subsequent eligibility review.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Asheville Museum of Science (formerly Colburn Earth Science Museum), North Carolina

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Boston Children’s Museum

California Science Center, Los Angeles

Cape Fear Science Center, Wilmington, North Carolina

Catawba Science Center, Hickory, North Carolina

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, Florida

Children’s Museum Tucson, Arizona

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

COSI, Columbus, Ohio

Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise

Discovery Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, State College

DoSeum, San Antonio, Texas

Duluth Children’s Museum, Minnesota

EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Edison Institute/The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

Explora Science Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Exploration Works, Montana’s Science Center, Helena

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, Vermont

Family Museum, Bettendorf, Iowa

Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan, Kansas

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Great Explorations, St. Petersburg, Florida

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware

Kentucky Science Center, Louisville

Kopernik Observatory and Science Center, Vestal, New York

The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah

Living Arts and Science Museum, Lexington, Kentucky

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina

Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, New Hampshire

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, Santa Barbara, California

Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville, Florida

Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida

Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico

National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay , Wisconsin

North Museum of Nature and Science, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Palouse Discovery Science Center, Pullman, Washington

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

Pensacola MESS Hall, Florida

Port Discover, Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Powerhouse Science Center, Durango, Colorado

Powerhouse Science Center, Sacramento, California

Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, Ashland, Oregon

South Dakota Discovery Center, Pierre

Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nevada

USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum, Alameda, California

Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology, Bloomington, Indiana

Fund-A-Bus awards of $1,000 each will be used at these institutions to subsidize transportation costs for children and youth so that they may visit ASTC-member science centers and museums.

ASTC-member institutions strive to make their programs open to widely diverse audiences across entire communities, but issues as basic as the cost of transportation can prevent children and youth from enjoying the benefits of exciting and educational science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Science centers and museums are invaluable resources to their communities as they strive to be key providers of science education for school field trips and out-of-school programs and camps. The majority of their budgets need to be allocated to essential operating expenses; they do not have additional funds to provide free transportation to the science center or museum for these programs.

ASTC members rely on programs like Fund-A-Bus to help bring underresourced children and youth to the science center for innovative, life-changing, hands-on STEM education.

Through your generous contribution, ASTC member science centers and museums across the globe will benefit from this program. To learn more about how you can become a Fund-A-Bus sponsor, contact ASTC President and CEO Bud Rock.