Exploratorium Science Discovery Center
The Impact 100 grant funded DuBois Academy’s Exploratorium, a community science discovery and exploration center. Students are from economically disadvantaged families – 90% of students’ families’ incomes are below the poverty level.
The W.E.B. DuBois Academy was a charter school in Over-the-Rhine that served students throughout Cincinnati. Students were from economically disadvantaged families – 90% of students’ families’ incomes are below the poverty level. The DuBois Academy used the standard state allowance to cover tuition, transportation, meals, uniforms, school supplies, field trips and athletic activities.
The Impact 100 grant of $105,500 funded DuBois Academy’s Exploratorium, a community science discovery and exploration center. The center served 250 DuBois students and 150 neighborhood children. Programs occur during and after school and on weekends. The grant was used to prepare the facility for science use and acquire materials – hardware, science kits and supplies.
The Impact 100 grant was combined with a $2,000 grant from ING for equipping the facility and acquisition of learning materials. All salaries, operational and building usage costs are covered by the school’s budget. Local organizations committed volunteers to run weekend activities. In addition, The National Society of Black Engineers and The Ohio Math and Science Coalition partnered with the DuBois Academy for technical support and sponsored science competitions.