Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Receives Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation

Funding to subsidize field trips and outreach programs in Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 -- ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation for the Discover Science Assistance Fund. The grant will subsidize school field trips to the Museum and outreach programs in the company’s service areas throughout Michigan.

“Support from organizations like the Consumers Energy Foundation helps to fill the resource gap for schools, and gives them access to the Museum’s field trips and outreach programs,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “We know that teachers appreciate programs like those offered by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum that align with science curricula. Most importantly, experiences like those offered by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum encourage students to become excited about studies and careers in STEM fields.” 

In the past fiscal year, almost 12,000 students, teachers, and chaperones benefited from donations to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Discover Science Assistance Fund.

“In the past year, the Museum has fielded an unprecedented number of requests for support from the Discover Science Assistance Fund,” Drumm added. “As budgets continue to be constrained, programs like the Museum’s that subsidize learning experiences are absolutely vital to education.”

The Discover Science Assistance Fund subsidizes field trips to the Museum for qualifying schools. It also subsidizes outreach programs for programs that the Museum brings to schools across the state. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s award-winning outreach programs address objectives outlined in Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.

The Consumers Energy Foundation’s mission is to help Michigan students “unleash their passion for learning.” The foundation provides funding for educational programs, including mentoring opportunities, specialized classes and scholarships, to enhance students’ academic experiences.

 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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