With the start of the 2015-16 school year, SciWorks is pleased to announce the return of free admission for all Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ field trips.
“With a vibrant local economy and an expansion in allocated budget from the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, SciWorks is once again able to offer all schools within the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system admission to the science center for scheduled field trips free of charge,” says Paul Kortenaar, Ph.D., SciWorks Executive Director. “We are so pleased and grateful to the commissioners for their recognition of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the educational development of the children of Forsyth County.”
SciWorks has seen a tremendous growth in annual attendance over the last four years—from approximately 74,000 in fiscal year 2011-12 to more than 93,000 during fiscal year 2014-15, which ended on June 30. “As part of our mission, we want to increase the attendance among our local public schools with populations who may be unable to afford to visit SciWorks and take part in the informal, hands-on scientific learning available for our community,” Dr. Kortenaar says. “In addition, the WS/FC schools who participate in the 2015-16 Title 1 program can receive a grade-level curriculum-related program free of charge as well, which is due to the generosity of those who have donated to our ‘Adopt-a-School’ program.”
The goals of the SciWorks Adopt-a-School Program are to provide students, teachers and families with new ways to foster creativity and innovation; lessen the burden on families and schools by fully covering the cost of a curriculum-related program during a visit to the museum; and to build lasting relationships between local schools, SciWorks and organizations which share the mission and passion for educating today’s youth.
Individuals or schools who would like to participate in the SciWorks Adopt-a-School program may contact Jennifer Hudson, Director of Development, at (336) 714-7110 or via email at email@example.com.
To schedule a field trip to SciWorks, please contact Christy Ferguson at (336) 714-7105 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SciWorks is a 501(c)3 corporation that promotes scientific literacy, lifelong learning and an appreciation of the sciences through innovative educational and recreational experiences. For more information, visit www.sciworks.org.