ECOTARIUM RECEIVES GRANT TO LEAD GSK “BE A PHYSICIST!” PROGRAM
Worcester, MA, August 15, 2023 – The EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature announced
the receipt of a generous grant of $16,000 from The Franklin Institute in collaboration with
GSK. This grant paved the way for the implementation of the exciting and educational “Be a
Katie Chappell, Director of Education and Exhibits, stated, “We are incredibly grateful for the
support of The Franklin Institute and GSK. This grant has enabled us to bring the captivating
“Be a Physicist!” program to life, providing young minds with hands-on exploration of the
fascinating world of physics and energy. At the EcoTarium, we are committed to sparking
curiosity, fostering learning, and inspiring future scientists, and this initiative aligns perfectly
with that mission.”
The “Be a Physicist!“ program is an innovative endeavor that invites children to step into the
shoes of scientists and embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of physics and energy.
With a focus on exploration, experimentation, and problem-solving, the initiative aims to foster
a deep appreciation for the principles of physics while providing children with a hands-on
experience of the scientific process.
Through a series of activities, participants have the opportunity to engage with various forms of
energy, investigate their properties, and discover how energy shapes our everyday lives. Guided
by the program’s core concepts, children explored the transformation of energy from one form
to another, its transfer from place to place, and its impact on the world around us.
With the support of The Franklin Institute in collaboration with GSK, the EcoTarium brings
scientific curiosity to young minds by providing engaging experiences that bridge the gap
between theory and practical application. This initiative aligns with the EcoTarium’s mission of
inspiring a lifelong appreciation for science, nature, and the world around us.
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