Your donation is vital to inspiring today's children to invent tomorrow.
It was the last week of summer programs and a number of key staff members were out sick. Busses of young people from throughout our region were headed to our mountaintop campus for a challenging, engaging, and fun STEM learning experience. With little time to prepare, I was tasked with leading our youngest students through Camp Invention.
After the anxiety of being “thrown in” on short notice wore off, I looked around the room as the future inventors, engineers, astronauts, paleontologists, and entrepreneurs were hard at work. I was struck by something that endears me more and more, day after day, to the TMSC community: the group of students was truly diverse.
Throughout its history, TMSC has provided young people possessing a passion and interest in STEM with a place where they not only come to learn, but also where they belong. Creating these opportunities for children from all backgrounds is as critical as ever. Consider some of these realities:
- According to the public policy journal American Affairs, employment in STEM occupations has increased by 79% since 1990, and the U.S. Department of Labor expects an additional 9% of growth before 2029.
- While nearly 75% of middle school girls express an interest in STEM, the Society of Women Engineers reports that less than one-third of women who earn degrees in STEM fields pursue related careers.
- The National Science Foundation notes that federal investments in providing STEM education in communities of color are noticeably missing in K-12 education, despite evidence that shows that students participating in STEM summer learning are more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and earn a four-year degree in a STEM field.
Greater Hartford and the State of Connecticut at large NEED the Talcott Mountain Science Center. TMSC has provided and continues to provide truly life-altering STEM learning opportunities for young people from all backgrounds. As our mission calls us, we are “Inspiring today’s children to invent tomorrow.”
Your gift to Talcott ensures that a girl can spend Saturdays on the mountaintop participating in a competitive robotics team. Your donation ensures that scholarship funding is available for a child from a low-income family so they can spend their summer studying topics like entomology, climate change, and kitchen chemistry with the expert instructors at TMSC.
No matter the amount, your generosity has a direct impact on the lives of the young people we serve and makes a profound difference in the trajectory of their lives. Your gift will help to ensure that enriching and engaging STEM learning is available to children throughout our region.
Thank you in advance for your support of Talcott Mountain Science Center. Again, your gift will help to ensure that enriching and engaging STEM learning is available to children throughout our region.
P.S. Gifts can also be made by phone by calling 860.677.8571; or you can mail your check to Talcott Mountain Science Center & Academy, 324 Montevideo Road, Avon, CT 06001.