The John McConnell Math & Science Center integrates teaching and hands-on experience in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning environment. The Center is seeking $5.5 million to secure its future in the $26 million Engineering Building on the Colorado Mesa University campus to ensure western Colorado students are exposed to STEM and inquiry-based education that helps develop technical and critical thinking skills. Your contribution will make a difference in this extraordinary opportunity.
In 2015, more than 15,000 children engaged in math and science education through the center. Class field trips to the Center brought in another 7,000 students from Mesa County and other West Slope communities. The Center also provides after school classes, no school day camps, and over 30 annual summer camps critical to continuing academic achievement. During the 2016 school year, the Center will provide elementary science resource kits quarterly to over 10,000 students and their teachers in 25 district schools.
Exhibits, experiments, demonstrations, displays, resource kits, and knowledge hungry kids take up a lot of space! The number of children and the number of lessons has outgrown the center’s current facility. Too many young students, eager to learn, are disappointed because classes and camps fill quickly and collect long waiting lists.
The new Math and Science Center will have a home in the new Colorado Mesa University Engineering building a 60,000 square foot structure planned for the west side of the campus on 7th street. The Math and Science Center will have 13,000 square feet on the first floor that will be dedicated to the Center’s hands-on exhibits and two classrooms, as well as a workshop, storage, meeting, and administrative space.