Patty Lipka, program director for the Gainesville-based Cade Museum for Creativity+Invention, shared the museum's Early Entrepreneurs preparation program for youth as a panelist at the recent Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Annual Conference in Tampa.
ASTC is an international organization providing support and programming options for science institutions committed to innovative teaching techniques for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Lipka participated in a panel titled “Innovation and Entrepreneurship- Equipping Youth for the Future” at the conference, where she also presented a video showing the museum’s work that was made possible by the ASTC’s first $8,000 “Creative Garden Mini-Grant.” awarded to the Cade in February and funded by Disney.
With the grant funding, the Cade Museum conducted field trips and transportation for Gainesville’s Metcalfe Elementary School, letting fourth and fifth grade students explore the hands-on facility in alliance with their science curriculum.
“This (the conference) was an amazing experience and a great honor to be able to share our Early Entrepreneurs program alongside nationally recognized science centers,” Lipka said. “We are thrilled to be acknowledged and we know that the impact of our Early Entrepreneur program will only expand and grow as we move into our new museum.”
The museum is planning a new 21,000-square-foot building in Gainesville’s Depot Park that is expected to open in fall 2017. The new center will offer interactive exhibits, programming, events, rental facilities, a gift shop and opportunities to work alongside successful inventors.
“I can’t wait to see what our staff and students will do next,” Lipka said.
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