The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation on Wednesday said it awarded a $3.5 million grant to the Arkansas Discovery Network, a network of seven Arkansas museums that promotes interactive learning for children.
The foundation said it has given the museum collaborative almost $14 million since the network was launched in 2006. The latest grant will continue support for the network's 40-ft. mobile museum truck, which delivers hands-on science education exhibits to rural areas Arkansas.
The grant will also provide stipends for underserved schools to visit partner museums and the establishment of Tinkering Studios at partner museums. Tinkering Studios are designated museum spaces in which visitors can interact with paper, circuits, magnets and a variety of materials.
"Open-ended experiences like tinkering activities are great ways for kids to experiment with basic science principles and for families to connect," Arkansas Discovery Network Director Kathleen Lawson said. "We appreciate the continued support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation."
Arkansas Discovery Network partners include the network's managing museum, the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, and Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs; Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff; Texarkana Museums System; Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover; Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro; and the Northwest Arkansas Children's Museum, Amazeum, which will break ground soon in Bentonville.