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$300,000 donation will help KidSenses give kids a chance to explore advanced technology

$300,000 donation will help KidSenses give kids a chance to explore advanced technology
Facebook is giving KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum $300,000 that will go toward a 2,000-square-foot technology lab called The Factory. (Photo credit: KidSenses)

Facebook is giving a local children's museum $300,000 to help get kids interested in math and science.

The money will go toward a 2,000-square-foot technology lab called The FACTORY. It will be set up at the KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum in Rutherfordton.

Children will have access to things like 3-D printers, laser cutters, robots and more.

“Facebook is thrilled to deepen its partnership with KidSenses by supporting this imaginative project,” Katie Comer, Community Development Regional Manager for Facebook, said in a news release. “The FACTORY’s advanced maker space will help ignite children's imaginations, develop their technical skills and seed a long-term interest in STEM technology careers, and Facebook is proud to help bring this experience to our community.”

KidSenses executive director Willard Whitson said the museum is targeting ages 11 and up, building off of the model it has had with getting young children excited about learning.

"We thought, ‘Well, let’s take our same philosophy of engagement and try to reach this older audience and give them a sense of possibility and self empowerment for the future,’" Whitson said.

The museum is temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more about KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum.

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