Amendment supports educational science programs for people of all ages at the Acton museum
BOSTON—Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) sponsored and helped pass an amendment that provides $150,000 for development of an educational program for children and parents at The Discovery Museums in the town of Acton.
“I am pleased that the Senate voted in support of funding that would go towards educating the tens of thousands of children from across Massachusetts and beyond who visit The Discovery Museums every year,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “The Discovery Museums have become a national model for inclusive learning, and I’m proud to help support the museums that I loved, growing up in Acton.”
“We are honored to have the support of Senator Eldridge and the Senate for expanding our educational programs to serve more families,” said Neil H. Gordon, CEO of The Discovery Museums. “Early experiences that foster creative and curious young learners are critical to our children’s future. The Discovery Museums uniquely combine play with the integration of science and art in a family-centered, joyful environment. These funds would help us impact more families in this important way.”
“Learning is a lifelong pursuit,” said Representative Cory Atkins. “The Discovery Museums make an invaluable contribution to our community by helping children and adults to learn about the world around them. I am delighted to support increased funding for the museums.”
“I applaud Senator Eldridge’s sponsorship of this amendment, and I am pleased that the Senate has voted to include this funding in their FY16 budget,” said Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg). “The Discovery Museum in Acton strives to foster a love of learning and science in the thousands of children who visit every year, and this funding will support that important goal.”
The Discovery Museums are comprised of two buildings on a 4.5 acre campus. At the Children’s Discovery Museum, younger children (toddlers through early grades) learn while they play. At the Science Discovery Museum, children and adults of all ages explore scientific concepts and hands-on creativity. The museums’ outdoor spaces reconnect everyone to the joy of nature and outdoor play.
Senator Eldridge will continue to advocate for this funding in the budget as the FY16 Senate budget will be sent to conference committee next, where House and Senate conferees will meet to continue negotiations on a final version of the state budget.