Volkswagen of America has announced that it has donated a VW Routan minivan to the Children’s Science Center in Northern Virginia. The donation was made in an effort to promote the center’s purpose to further science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at local schools, museums, and community events.
Children’s Science Center will utilize the van to bring its Mobile Labs to 40 elementary schools in 2014. Part of the organization’s Museum Without Walls initiative, Mobile Labs include all of the equipment and supplies needed to serve 40 elementary schools by transforming gyms into interactive hands-on STEM learning labs.
“This is just one example of how all of our Museum Without Walls programs are now mobilized for greater impact and reach, enabling us to serve over 15,000 visitors in the coming year”, said Nene Spivy, Executive Director of the Children’s Science Center.
To note, the mission of the Children Science Center’s is “to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired.” Currently, the organization arranges the Museum Without Walls program (such as the Mobile Labs), which provides engaging, hands-on, STEM-focused activities for children by taking its program to schools and other events throughout the region. It’s also planning an interactive children’s museum focused on STEM programs for Northern Virginia.
“Volkswagen is pleased to donate a Routan to help the Children’s Science Center continue its mission of shaping the minds of youth with insightful and stimulating science, technology, engineering and math programs,” said Gerhard Kiewel, a member of Volkswagen Group of America’s Charitable Contributions Committee. “It is our hope that this vehicle will be a significant resource for the Center and for many children throughout Northern Virginia who have promising futures in the sciences or engineering.”