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Arkansas State University Museum awarded grant from Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University Museum has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. The money is designated to fund the museum’s 2014 membership in the Arkansas Discovery Network and provide educational support for the exhibits and activities that come with this membership, announced Marti Allen, director of ASU Museum.

Established by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Arkansas Discovery Network provides children’s hands-on science and engineering exhibits that spark the imaginations of kids and adults alike. 

This year, due to the generosity the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, ASU Museum will exhibit “Science on the Move” (late February to August) and “Nano 2.2” in the fall, Allen continued.

“Science on the Move” enables visitors to learn about the factors that affect movement. In this exhibit, visitors will examine gravity, experience rotations, and even land a model space shuttle!

“Nano 2.2” is a hands-on exhibit that presents the basics of nanoscience and engineering through real world applications.  It also explores important societal and ethical implications associated with this new technology.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 10 a.m., ASU Museum will celebrate Black History Month with a special TinkerFest.  Participants at this event will learn about historic African-American inventors and examine and tinker with some of their inventions.

This is the second grant that ASU Museum has received from the King Foundation in support of its Network membership.  The earlier grant supported the Museum’s Network membership from 2011 through 2013.

“Network membership enables the Museum to collaborate with five other museums in Arkansas to develop and share children's hands-on exhibits,” Allen also said.  “Network membership has greatly accelerated our progress in making learning fun and introducing children to progressive fields of the future.”

“We’re so very grateful to the King Foundation for supporting our membership in the Arkansas Discovery Network,” added curator of education Jill Kary.  “Their support of our Network affiliation has made a huge difference in our ability to provide unique, informal learning opportunities for children in our region.”

ASU Museum is located at 320 University Loop Circle in the west wing of Dean B. Ellis Library.  One may visit the Museum online at http://museum.astate.edu or http://facebook.com/ASUMuseum.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Young lady learns quillingDuring ASU Museum’s TinkerFest, sponsored by the Arkansas Discovery Network, this young lady is learning the art of quilling, curling strips of paper into shapes and gluing them to a surface to create art.  Centuries ago, this art was practiced by upper class ladies to adorn lamp shades, trinket boxes, and other items.