Google announces $1 million award to Museum of Science
July 13, 2011
In April, Google announced a $1 million award to the Museum of Science, Boston. Google has supported the Museum since 2009 through its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) with funding to develop Engineering is Elementary® teacher training videos and to create engineering teaching materials for middle school. The $1 million grant is one of several totaling $12 million which Google awarded seven United States and British science museums to encourage science education.
The April Google award will help provide the Museum with the resources to address the human-made world through its informal education programs. One possibility is to create an inspiring and fun participatory exhibit on the theme of computer science. The Museum would build one version of the exhibit to tour, while permanently installing some components at the Museum.
According to an April 6 blog post by Google chief technology advocate Michael T. Jones, many Googlers "cite their own experiences in science museums as a positive influence on their decision to become engineers. By transforming the curious learners of today into the innovators of tomorrow, museums perpetuate both creativity and accomplishment." He explained in supporting "these beloved institutions," the company "gravitated towards museums in communities where Googlers volunteer and have ties." With so many Googlers working with these museums, said Jones, the company is "excited" to find more ways to help them "educate adults and spark a love of science in children."
The other six science museums are the Museum of Mathematics and New York Hall of Science, both in New York City; the Science Museum of London, the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences, both in San Francisco; and the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago.