Google is now supporting science museums with a total of $12 million in grants to the Museum of Mathematics in New York, the New York Hall of Science, the Science Museum London (via Friends of Science Museums), Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago and Museum of Science in Boston.
Many of these museums have operated in our communities for quite some time, but another wave of science museums was built mid-century during the space race when the National Science Foundation realized the importance of getting the general public excited about scientific pursuits. The need for science and math museums is no less important today, as the U.S. has made research and development in biomedical research, information technology and clean energy technology a national priority. As leading destinations for school field trips, museums are touchpoints where students come into contact with science and math,” stated Google.
“Our collaboration with the museums won’t end by signing a check. With so many Googlers already working with these museums, we’re excited to find additional ways Google can help these museums educate adults and spark a love of science in children.”
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[Source: Google Blog]