Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Awarded Grant for Collaborative Program with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – DECEMBER 17, 2014 -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a three-year grant from The Carls Foundation to support its Healing Through Hands-On Science program. Offered in partnership with the Department of Child and Family Life at C.S. Mott Children’s & Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (Mott), the program delivers science and health-based activities at Mott and the Museum.

Healing Through Hands-On Science benefits Mott patients and their families, including siblings of patients, by providing fun, interactive, science-based activities they are missing by being out of school and in the hospital. In turn, Mott staff delivers health-based activities for public programs at the Museum.

“The response to Healing Through Hands-On Science, which launched earlier this year, has been phenomenal,” said Mel Drumm, executive director of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “It’s incredible to have the ability to extend the Museum’s mission of using playful discovery as a way to inspire young minds to those who most need time to just be a kid. Mott is a terrific partner to the Museum, and we are thrilled to continue to develop our collaborative program.”

The Carls Foundation grant will support bi-monthly weekday and quarterly weekend outreach programs at Mott, as well as two public programs at the Museum: Science is for Everyone on January 31 and March 1, and Mott Science Fest: Healing Through Hands-On Science on March 28-29.

The Carls Foundation was started by Bill Carls in 1961, and supports organizations providing health and human services to children.

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is an award-winning provider of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. It offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination and engage visitors of all ages. The Museum attracts more than 250,000 visitors every year. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Visit or call 734.995.5439 for more information.

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