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.
To help address this pervasive problem, ASTC’s Fund-A-Bus minigrant program subsidizes transportation costs for children and youth so that they may visit the museums.
Our 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.
The most recent application cycle has closed. To learn more about how you can become a Fund-A-Bus sponsor, contact Wendy Hancock, Senior Program Manager, Professional Development.
Photo courtesy the Ecotarium