WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Corning Foundation. Funds will be used to establish a Robots After School program. The Museum will offer four after school sessions for New Hanover County middle school students to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will build LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots and LEGO WeDo ReadyGo kits featuring step-by-step instruction and encouragement from Museum educators through the building and programming of their creation.
This enrichment program will involve established curriculum designed to stimulate creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. Students will learn about STEM subjects while creating their own robot using engineering and basic coding. Student enthusiasm for engineering builds as they create interactive robots that respond to a range of sensors and the programming they designed. Museum Director Sheryl Mays says, “We are grateful to Corning and the Foundation for their committed partnership and are excited and eager to utilize their expertise in advancing STEM education in our community.”
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. Lynore Young, project manager, Corning, said, “As a Cape Fear Museum Associates board member, I am especially proud and grateful for the Foundation’s commitment to our local museum in support of science education for young students.”
Grants from Corning Incorporated Foundation to local organizations and to selected national institutions support programs and projects in the sectors of education, arts and culture, and health and human services and, on a case-by-case basis, disaster relief. To positively affect the greatest number of people over the longest period of time, the Foundation follows a strategy of shared social responsibility with other “investors,” focusing on projects that demonstrate broad appeal and strong local support.
Photo: Corning Project Manager and Cape Fear Museum Associates Board Member Lynore Young (left) and Cape Fear Museum Director Sheryl Mays (right)