NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Corning Incorporated Foundation. Funds will be used to establish new programming for the Simple Machines field trip program for seventh grade students. The Museum will offer, at no cost to students, a field trip for approximately 1,000 seventh graders focusing on how simple machines are part of everyday life and work to make life easier. The goal is to encourage middle school students to engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content through hands-on materials and inquiry-based activities. Through active learning at the Museum, New Hanover County students will build enthusiasm for key middle school science standards.
The program components of Simple Machines will be demonstrated through engaging experiments and activities utilizing group teamwork. Students will learn how simple machines make work easier by testing pulley systems, measuring the force required to complete tasks and challenging each other on a custom windlass system. Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays says, “We are grateful to the Corning Foundation for their committed partnership and are excited and eager to engage students in fun, inquiry-based STEM activities.”
Established in 1952 to administer the charitable contributions of its sponsoring company, Corning Incorporated Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities where Corning Incorporated is an active corporate citizen. Katie Gloe, process manufacturing engineer for Corning and Cape Fear Museum associates board member, said, “I am proud and grateful for the Foundation’s commitment to our local museum as we share a long-standing commitment to education in our community and providing tools to help young students build a bright future.”
The Corning Incorporated Foundation is a charitable contributions organization established by Corning Incorporated in 1952. Through leadership and collaboration, the Foundation strives to foster vibrant, enriching, and supportive Corning communities. The Foundation focuses on education, human services, culture, and volunteerism in Corning business locations.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended summer hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. through Labor Day; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
Photo: From left to right: Kitty Yerkes, Katie Gloe, Sheryl Mays and Lynore Young
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