STEM Education for All Summer Scholarships

This fundraiser will also allow low-income students to experience the Discovery Center at no cost. Education is a key component to a child's success. We provide a quality STEM education through our programming that aids in stopping academic loss and can reduce the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth.

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Pledge Incentives


$10.00 Level

Your gift of $10 covers the reduced admission for 1 student in to the Discovery Center for a field trip. The true cost to operate the Center is $25 per person, so your donation helps one more student experience engaging STEM education!


$25.00 Level

3 Supporters

Your donation puts us $25 closer to our goal! Last year, we experienced more than $50,000 in requests for free admission or free/reduced programming and were only able to award just over $20,000 in scholarship funding for around 3,000 low-income students. Your donation puts us closer to our goal of ensuring all students have access to engaging STEM education.


$50.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your generous donation puts us $50 closer to our goal! Funding helps support students that qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program who cannot afford the $6 field trip reduced admission or the $150 - $250 camp or program fees.


$100.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your generous donation is helping us make sure income does not determine a student's ability to access engaging STEM education. The Springfield Public School District’s total for free or reduced lunch is 54.4%. In many of the rural schools surrounding DCS, 60% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. We know that funding is limited for schools where low-income families predominately reside. We want to make sure these students have the same educational opportunities students have in more affluent areas.

Project Overview

Who We Are

For almost 20 years, DCS has provided hands-on, project based STEM learning through flexible educational offerings to well over 1,000,000 kids. DCS promotes fun, inspiring, and interactive learning for students in the Ozarks by demonstrating science, technology, art, history, and culture through exhibits, programs, and collaborative efforts.

What We Believe

For some kids growing up in the Ozarks, the world is not a beautiful place. In fact, they have every reason to believe it is not because we are home to some of the highest rates of poverty, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect in the State of Missouri. Children walking into our Center get to discover that our world is more wonderful than they could have ever imagined. Creating experiences where their faces and minds light up during those moments of discovery are integral to our mission and provide hope for our future.

Activities like camps or trips are an unattainable luxury for many families in the Ozarks, making summer a time of isolation and educational loss for students. Summer programming provides a safe place for students to go during the day where their physical and educational needs can be met while parents focus on larger concerns. Economic status should not be the reason students do not have access to hands-on learning that engages them in fields like chemistry, computer science, and mathematics.

What We'll Do

This fundraiser will support students that qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program who cannot afford the $6 field trip reduced admission or the $150 - $250 camp or program fees to attend at no cost to their families. Our goal is to ensure that the students who are the least likely to get access to the quality education that will lead them to become the next great STEM mind can participate in the unique, educational activities DCS offers. While we do our best to raise scholarship funds yearlong, the need from the community is only growing as poverty levels continue to rise. 

We have over 20 students on our wait list at this time with more applications coming in each day; without your help, these students will miss out on engaging STEM summer programming.

This past year, we experienced more than $50,000 in requests for free admission or free/reduced programming for low-income public school children and low-income schools but were only able to award just over $20,000 in scholarship funding for around 3,000 low-income students.

How You Can Help

With a need this great, we are looking to the community to help ensure these students have access to inspiring hands-on summer education regardless of their economic status. Your donation allows for one more student to see why our world is one worth discovering.

Learn More

To learn more about our mission, please visit our website at discoverycenter.org

Be sure to follow our Facebook to see more stories of the students we impact in the Ozarks through hands-on STEM learning. 

 

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About Discovery Center of Springfield

Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive hands-on science museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world and our place in it.

We continue to grow and constantly add innovative, educational, hands-on exhibits for our visitors and classes for groups of students. We offer summer workshops for individual children, outreach programming, and distance learning through videoconferencing technology.

DCS currently houses 50,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space. Exhibits and programs currently in place interweave a broad array of:

  • Hard sciences
  • Technology
  • Math
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • Art
  • Communications
  • Traveling exhibits

Discovery Center of Springfield is the only educational resource center of its kind serving the schools and families of this region. Similarly, DCS is the only youth activity center in Southern Missouri that offers and utilizes such a wide range of exhibits, hands-on activities, special events, and programs that explore a broad spectrum of educational goals.

Discovery Center of Springfield

http://www.discoverycenter.org/

Springfield, MO
417-862-9910
rblevins@discoverycenter.org