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Congresswoman Johnson Announces CARES Act Grant for Perot Museum of Nature and Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced today that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a CARES Act Grant for Museums and Libraries in the amount of $496,860 to

the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science TECH Truck.

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will adapt its mobile makerspace program to deliver STEM education to 45,000 youth from diverse, at-risk populations with high rates of poverty and lower rates of educational attainment. The museum's TECH Truck Program consists of three mobile makerspaces providing hands-on, interactive STEM-based experiences focused on skills such as creative problem solving, iterative design, and technological literacy. Currently designed for community-based educational activities in large group settings, the museum will convert these programs to in-person and virtual formats that require minimal handling of materials by more than one person and increased social distancing capabilities for the comfort and safety of participants. The program is designed to help tackle educational inequities by bringing hands-on STEM education activities directly to communities in the North Texas region.

      “This injection of funding from the CARES Act will help to ensure that the Perot Museum can continue to be a beacon

      of knowledge in our local community,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This additional funding will help the

      Museum expand its STEM education program making it accessible to low income students across North Texas.

      As the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I know the critical role STEM

      education will play as we develop the workforce of tomorrow.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries

      and museums.

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