Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gives $12 Million to Support Science Education Centers

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced $12 million in grants to science museums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, and other informal science education centers around the country.

The grants, representing the fourth round of HHMI funding for science education program originating outside the traditional elementary or secondary school setting, are designed to strengthen the science literacy of children and their families; to provide resources for better science teaching; to engage families and communities in science education; to stimulate an interest in careers in research and education; and to foster collaborations between informal science education centers and other community institutions.

Recipients of the grants include (but are not limited to) the Arizona Science Center ($480,000); the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park ($450,000); the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum ($495,000); the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose, California, ($500,000); the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Alabama ($455,000); the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut ($480,000); the Missouri Botanical Garden ($265,000); the Boston Museum of Science ($465,000); the National Aquarium in Baltimore ($390,000); the Rock Creek Nature Center In Washington, D.C. ($500,000); the Science Museum of Minnesota ($465,000); the Seattle Aquarium ($465,000); the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas ($275,000); the Staten Island Children's Museum ($250,000); the University of California Botanical Garden ($500,000); and the University of Wisconsin-Madison ($500,000).

"Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $12 Million in Grants for Informal Science Education" Howard Hughes Medical Institute Press Release 07/10/2001.