For Immediate Release
January 7, 2016
Contact: Megan Fischer
Director of Communications
(401) 273-5437 ext. 126
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Amgen Foundation Gives Major Support
to Providence Children’s Museum


PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Children’s Museum, an active place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together, has received a $40,000 grant from the Amgen Foundation to support hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities at the Museum. 

The grant will help inspire children and families to love learning by bringing education to life through engaging, interactive exhibits and programs and during Museum Learning Clubs.  Conducted by the Museum’s AmeriCorps members, Learning Clubs bring inner-city elementary school-age children from Providence neighborhood community centers to the Museum after school and during the summer. Through guided, hands-on math activities, children discover the joy of learning and come to see themselves as learners.

Since 2004, the Amgen Foundation has supported Providence Children’s Museum with more than $440,000 in grants, benefiting 488,223 children. 

“The Amgen Foundation is committed to making grants to programs that help children develop an interest in and appreciation for science,” said Anthony Pankau, Vice President, Site Operations, Amgen Rhode Island. “We are proud to support Providence Children’s Museum’s commitment to delivering innovative STEM initiatives that engage children in hands-on experiences that instill an interest and enthusiasm for math and science.”

“Learning Clubs help children from disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy informal science learning, and better understand fundamental math concepts,” said Cathy Saunders, Providence Children’s Museum Education Director.  We are deeply grateful to partner with the Amgen Foundation to help children see themselves as learners and positively impact the rest of their lives.”


About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated over $200 million to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through several signature programs, including Amgen Scholars, Amgen Biotech Experience, and Amgen Teach. For more information, visit www.amgeninspires.com and follow @AmgenFoundation on Twitter.



Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful!
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District. September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM. April through August, open 7 days. Unless indicated, programs are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; admission is always free for Museum members. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.