More than 250 kids blast off on simulated space mission at MiSci

February 24, 2017 06:42 PM

SCHENECTADY - Thanks to a $10,000 grant from GlobalFoundries, more than 250 kids from local Boys and Girls Clubs got to experience MiSci in Schenectady.

"This partnership with MiSci is a natural fit. We both share the same desire to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers," explained Dr. Thomas Caulfield with GlobalFoundries.

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During this week off from school, the museum did just that. The children were part of a simulated space mission at the Challenger Center.

Each student is given a different job and they have to work together to make sure the mission is a success.

"All of our kids here can see that learning can be fun," pointed out Jimmy Bulmer with the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club.

"This was by far the most amazing experience our kids have been on in quite some time," acknowledged Jessica Rowell with the Boys and Girls Club of Rensselaer County.

"A lot of what you learn is not in school, so we're there for those leisure time activities to add enriched STEM enrichment to families and children's lives," explained Dr. William "Mac" Sudduth, the MiSci president.

"They had an amazing time. We were sitting over in the museum, building something with the blocks there and the kid looked over to me and said to me, ‘Mr. Jimmy, I just want to say thank you for this. When I first heard we were coming to a museum, I thought this was going to be boring.’ But then he said, ‘I’m having a lot of fun,’" pointed out Bulmer.

GlobalFoundires isn't there only to see the kids smile.

"We have selfish reasons. We need the next generation of innovators for our company," admitted Caulfield.

So maybe all the fun the kids are having can turn into a career down the road.


WNYT Staff

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