Ingram Planetarium at The Museum of Coastal Carolina is one of 41 science centers in the state to receive funding as part of the $2.44 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.
“These funds are critical to our museum and planetarium operations in providing STEM education to our patrons and students," Little River Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Bryant said. "We are very appreciative of these state funds."
The awards, which ranged from $51,912 to $76,912, were awarded based on criteria that promoted the priorities of state government, with a primary goal of enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education opportunities for the public, particularly in low resource communities, officials said.
“These museums are critical resources for schools and communities in providing learning experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance science literacy,” Charles Yelton, chief of regional networks for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and lead administrator of the grant program, said.
For more information about the North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program or to apply for consideration in next year’s program, go to ncmuseumgrant.naturalsciences.org.