Kids’ Dreams Helps Low Income Students Participate in STEM Science Passport Program at South Florida Science Center

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For release:  July 21, 2014
(Palm Beach, Fla.) –  Elementary-age students from Title I schools throughout Palm Beach County will be able to learn important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills thanks to a grant from Kids’ Dreams.   The Palm Beach County-based nonprofit founded by Broad and Cassel Managing Partner Patricia Lebow supports programs that enable students who attend low income (Title I) schools to gain exposure to enriching educational and cultural experiences they otherwise may not have.

A  $22,500 donation to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will be used to the STEM Science Passport program, which teaches students how to conduct simple experiments and learn critical problem-solving skills.  The program includes a tour of the Science Center followed by a one-hour science class.

“Because field trips are costly and public school budgets are tight, these funds will give students in Title One schools the opportunity to enjoy a field trip to the Science Center and have exposure to the STEM curriculum both in their classroom and during their field trip,” said Lebow.  “Our mission is to enable students to pursue their dreams.  We believe that support of the STEM Science Passport Program supports our mission by giving these students an opportunity to develop an interest in STEM subjects, an area that is critical to this generation.”

In addition to the field trip to the Science Center, the Passport program includes a preview visit by an educator to the participating school.  The field trip builds on that classroom instruction through exposure to the various exhibits and activities offered within the museum, including the planetarium, telescope, aquarium, ham radio shack and much more.

“The STEM Science Passport provides a missing link –the informal science learning component that comes from hands-on experiences in a museum setting that are simply not available in the classroom,” said Kate Arrizza, COO of the Center.

“We are grateful for the support from Kids’ Dreams that is allowing more children to develop a love of science.”

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About the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium:

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit.  Located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, the Science Center is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  For more information on the Science Center, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.  Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.