Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO, Michigan Science Center, unveiled an all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon that will serve as the center’s traveling MiSci van. Donated by Ford Motor Company, the van will support the center’s traveling science program by allowing the museum to conduct hands-on research at schools, community centers and libraries in more than 25 communities across the state. Michigan Science Center aims to provide engaging, interactive exhibits that ignite passion for science, technology, engineering and math in Michigan’s youth. This summer’s program, the “Fizz, Bang, Traveling Science” tour, will give children the chance to build rockets and learn about chemical reactions. Ford supported the initial opening of Michigan Science Center in 2012, with a $400,000 commitment over three years. Read the full release below.
THE MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES 2014 FORD TRANSIT CONNECT VAN FROM FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Detroit, Aug. 7, 2014 – The Michigan Science Center (MiSci) today unveiled its new Traveling MiSci Van, a 2014 Ford Transit Connect van, donated by Ford Motor Company. The van will help support MiSci’s Traveling Science program, including its Fizz, Bang, Traveling Science tour that was developed in conjunction with libraries across the state of Michigan to help fight off summer “brain drain” and engage children in exciting educational activities.
"In 2013, our Traveling Science Program served nearly 50,000 students and families, and Ford’s generous gift of a new van will help us continue this momentum and become an even greater resource for communities across the state — especially those unable to visit the museum in person,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “We are thankful for Ford Motor Company’s donation and look forward to driving even greater success with our Traveling Science initiatives."
MiSci will finish out the summer’s Fizz, Bang, Traveling Science tour, which ends Aug. 27, in the museum’s new ride. Program attendees, along with help from the MiSci staff, will have the opportunity to create rockets, learn about chemical reactions and participate in explosive experiments. In addition to Fizz, Bang, Science, MiSci offers a variety of interactive traveling workshops, ranging from earth/space science to live animal programs, designed to encourage children and their families to explore and appreciate science.
Known for its fuel efficiency and versatility, the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect van will help the museum travel to schools, community centers and libraries to conduct hands-on outreach.