OSWEGO – The Children’s Museum of Oswego is pleased to announce that it has received a $200,000 gift from Novelis for the Build, Play, Grow Campaign.
The $200,000 gift will be used for continued development of permanent exhibits at the museum, to include the Novelis Aluminum exhibit.
This exhibit will challenge children to be inquisitive and eager to find out how things work, as well as learn about an important local industry.
Through a series of interactive experiences, children will gain an appreciation for how aluminum is processed and used as an important building material.
Recycling messages will also be featured in this space.
At additional station tables in the factory space, CMOO will offer changeable “maker” activities as well as engineering activities using large building blocks and other materials.
The types of activities throughout this space will challenge children to solve problems and develop creative solutions.
“Novelis is excited to help early learners build a foundation in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Kevin Shutt, plant manager of Novelis. “As a corporation, Novelis believes in and supports STEM education for children. We want to stimulate curiosity and learning in the sciences so the next generation of leaders will pursue further education in these much needed fields at Novelis and other area industries.”
To date, the campaign has raised more than $760,000.
The Build, Play, Grow Campaign allows the museum to build permanent exhibits for a year-round learning and recreational setting for the benefit of children, families, educators and caregivers.
CMOO will inspire children to learn, discover, create and explore through the power of play.
“This is also a wonderful opportunity for our employees to give back to the community,” said Shutt. “We know that they want to be involved in the community and the museum will provide many different opportunities to volunteer.”
Jillian Shaver, executive director of CMOO said, “We are so excited to have Novelis’ support for our Build, Play, Grow Campaign. This is a wonderful partnership as Novelis shares CMOO’s belief that STEM education is important to children as a STEM-literate child is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues.”
The Novelis aluminum exhibit not only focuses on STEM education, but will teach children about an important industry in the Oswego area.
For more than 50 years, Novelis has been a proud member of the Oswego community.
Novelis is the world’s premier producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in aluminum recycling, producing more than a billion pounds of high-quality aluminum sheet each year.
Novelis Oswego is an important part of a global network of aluminum recycling and rolling facilities, producing aluminum for products like the all-new Ford F-150, beverage cans and architecture.
More information about the Build, Play, Grow campaign, including the full case statement, can be found on CMOO’s website at www.cmoo.org.
CMOO is currently open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 West Bridge St.