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