SCHENECTADY – The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) will be providing 210 free memberships to Whispering Pines Preschool students and their families, a gesture made possible by a donation from the Jane Golub Fund.
“It’s a wonderful program funded by organizations and donors in the community to fund STEM education for kids who may not have it otherwise,” said Caelynn Prylo, vice president of education at MiSci.
Whispering Pines has learning centers in Amsterdam, Cobleskill, Delanson, Gloversville and Schoharie, serving students with special needs — an audience that is also a focus for MiSci. In October, SenseAble Science, a program for children on the autism spectrum will return.
Also coming in the fall is the re-launch of Little Edisons, a hands-on science program for preschool children.
Previously, MiSci has provided free memberships to children in the Schenectady City School District. The Whispering Pines partnership began after the school contacted MiSci to see if it would be interested in doing something similar for its students.
“It felt like a really good fit for students and their families,” Prylo said.
With the membership, students and their families will be able to visit MiSci whenever they want, and purchase planetarium passes at a discounted rate.
The membership is also a reciprocal membership with other member museums in the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Some of the included institutions are the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Sciencenter in Ithaca, and the Rochester Museum of Science.
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