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Posted on April 10, 2020 at 8:35 AM by Wendy Long
IL – April 9, 2020 – The Children’s Discovery
Museum in Uptown Normal might be closed, but its staff members are still
serving their mission to Inspire the Love of Learning through the Power of
With support from State
Farm’s annual grant for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
education, the Museum is building take-home kits for families to use during the
shelter-at-home order that has closed schools across the state. Museum staff
will deliver 1,000 kits to be distributed at Unit 5’s free lunch sites and at
the Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington.
Each kit will include
multiple playful STEAM activities and supplies for families to do them
together. Families receiving meal assistance at the Boys and Girls Club on
April 10 can pick up the first batch of kits and the Unit 5 kits can be picked
up during the week of April 13 meal service.
“We want to support
families and schools with fun and playful science activities that will
supplement and support the current school curriculum,” said CDM Education
Manager Rachel Carpenter.
“We’re using some of the
funding through our Innovation Institute grant we received in January of 2020.
State Farm has graciously allowed us to find unique ways to utilize these funds
to serve families,” Carpenter added. “This flexibility along with the generous
support from the Town of Normal and the Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation
will keep the Power of Play in our kids’ curriculum.”
During the shutdown, the
Museum is also offering free resources on its website www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net. Families can find a Daily Dose of Play
that includes playful learning activities for different ages, video challenges
led by CDM Education staff, and a dozen links to help enhance e-learning.
the Children’s Discovery Museum The mission of the Children’s Discovery
Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The
Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation exists to support the mission and vision
of the Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community at l. To
learn more visit ChildrensDiscoveryMuseum.net, Like us on Facebook, follow @DiscoveryMuseum
on Twitter, and follow @cdmnormal on Instagram. #CDMPowerofPlay