Brick Press Project Lets Kids Apply STEM
Skills While Having Fun
"The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation held a ceremony today announcing a $25,000 grant for the Greensboro Children’s Museum to establish “Outdoor Engineers,” an educational program for grades K-2 promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Representatives from the Greensboro Children’s Museum and Piedmont Natural Gas, joined by local officials and museum employees, celebrated the Outdoor Engineers program at a 10 a.m. ceremony today as students on field trips enjoyed the learning experience.
“Strong schools and excellence in STEM education are important for our children and our nation’s future, and that’s why supporting education is a core focus for the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation,” said Tim Greenhouse, managing director of community relations for Piedmont Natural Gas. “Piedmont is proud to partner with the Greensboro Children’s Museum to bring this hands-on learning opportunity to children.”
The program uses a specially designed brick press that allows students to examine the physical properties of soil and make their own bricks. Using the bricks, students learn how to build structures such as towers, walls, houses and anything else they can imagine. Piedmont’s grant will also fund scholarships that cover field trip costs and transportation for 1,000 students, and 200 teachers and chaperones from Title I elementary schools in Guilford County and neighboring counties.
“We are very grateful to the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation for enabling the Greensboro Children’s Museum to offer this exciting new field trip program,” said Marian King, CEO of the Greensboro Children’s Museum. “The Outdoor Engineers program will provide the opportunity for students to apply their classroom learning to real-life situations in interactive and fun STEM activities.”
About The Greensboro Children’s Museum
The Greensboro Children’s Museum (GCM) is a hands-on, interactive museum for children, their families and teachers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children. The 37,000-square-foot facility in downtown Greensboro, N.C., includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and the Outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences. It’s where play is a smart adventure!
For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.gcmuseum.com.