Visitors to SciWorks will find out about money, math and more when they explore the vibrant city of MONEYVILLE, SciWorks’ new traveling exhibit. With highly-interactive activities, games and simulations, children — and adults — can build essential problem-solving skills and learn priceless lessons in money management. MONEYVILLE features a Store, Bank, Anti-Counterfeiting Lab, Stock Market and Shipping Dock.
MONEYVILLE at SciWorks is supported locally by the PNC Foundation and will be open through January 11, 2015.
“MONEYVILLE is an exciting exhibition because it will be fun and instructive for our youngest children and their families,” says Weston M. Andress, PNC regional president of Western Carolina. “We hope that by getting children to think about saving, spending and sharing at a very young age, these ideas and habits will stay with them as they grow.”
The exhibit uses the fascinating subject of money to build math skills and economic expertise in a fun and immersive setting, explains Paul Kortenaar, PhD, Executive Director of SciWorks. “Visitors will take a tour of money’s many forms and functions, and learn how different cultures used different kinds of things for money; for example, the Yap Islanders used 500-pound stones, and the ancient Aztecs used chocolate. They can also see currency samples from pounds to pesos, put their faces on dollar bills, run their own lemonade stand and play the stock market — all right here at SciWorks.”
On Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 4 pm, SciWorks is holding a special “Math Madness” event at the museum. The special activities are included with museum admission and will challenge your brain as you measure, predict, estimate, graph and more!
MONEYVILLE was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation. MONEYOPOLIS is a registered trademark of Ernst & Young. The MONEYVILLE trademark is used under license.
About PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
SciWorks is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes literacy, lifelong learning and an appreciation of the sciences through innovative educational and recreational experiences. For more information, visit www.sciworks.org.
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