We’re Bringing a Children’s Museum to Macomb County
There is an alarming rate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)-related job openings that are not being filled in Macomb County. Students are losing interest in the STEM field because lack of exposure and preparation, especially in Science and Engineering. By providing children with an interactive museum that provides mental and physical stimulation through science and innovation, we are giving kids the early building blocks they need for a successful career in a STEM-related field.
In 2010, in the midst of the recession, a group of motivated business leaders came together with the idea of bringing a children’s museum to Macomb County, Michigan. They saw an opportunity to provide children with a hands-on educational experience that would highlight science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM. With a large percentage of manufacturing and technical centers in the area, it made sense to pursue the idea of a STEM-related, hands on children’s museum, benefitting the county’s community, children and future workforce. In 2012, the museum’s board of directors was formed, and a successful “First 40” campaign was rolled out to fund the museum’s feasibility study. Now, two years later, the board has continued to raise money with fundraising events and hopes to bring the museum to the community within the next few years.
Downtown Mount Clemens in Macomb County is the perfect location to establish a children’s museum. The downtown area offers cultural attractions, such as the Anton Art Center and the Crocker House. The area is also close to neighborhoods, such as the north suburban Detroit population. And downtown offers a wide amount of shopping, restaurants, and service businesses – all within a few blocks of walking distance.
How You Can Help
Would you like to be part of a highly passionate team that is motivated in bringing Macomb Children’s Hands-on Museum to life? Then help us by volunteering. We offer several opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in their community by lending a helping hand to Macomb County’s Children’s Hands-on Museum. If interested, please contact us to see how you can make a difference in Macomb County.
Partner with Us
Do you see a future exhibit that you would like to sponsor? Then Partner with us! We’re currently looking for partners that share the same passion we have in providing children with the building blocks for a successful future in STEM-related fields. So, if you think you or your company would like to make a difference in the Macomb County community, then contact us to see how we can become partners.
With a kind donation, you can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children. One dollar or a thousand dollars, it doesn’t matter — every donation counts. We’re a community. And it’s up to us to reach out and address our community’s needs. So please help us, and together we can build something exciting and educational for our children today, and for our STEM workforce of tomorrow.
Once you read all the benefits of a Children’s Hands-on Museum, you’ll understand why we’re so determined to bring one to the children of Macomb County.
Prepares Future Workforce (STEM): Children’s museums prepare children for STEM-related jobs by providing interactive science and technology exhibits, which lay the foundation for a child’s learning development.
Keeps Children Focused: Children’s Museums keep children entertained and engaged with exciting exhibits. This allows children to learn and retain information outside of the classroom (ACM).
More Accessible: The closest Children’s Museum to Macomb County is about an hour away. By bringing a Children’s Museum to Macomb County, we are offering local families and schools a convenient venue to experience an interactive museum, saving both on time and money (FS).
Improves Brain Development: Children’s museums offer children beneficial “brain stimulating interactions,” which is crucial for intellectual growth, because the most brain cells are formed during the first three years of a child’s life (ACM).
Improves Learning With Adult Interactions: Children’s Museums encourage child and adult interactions, which sparks imaginative curiosity, for not only the kids, but for the parents as well (ACM).
Offers School Collaboration: Children’s Museums provide opportunities for teachers and schools to come together and create a teaching partnership, such as field trips and after school programs.
Boosts Local Economy: Over 30 million people visit Children’s Museums each year around the world. And many Children’s Museums are the center of attractions, restaurants, and retail stores. This attracts tourists from all over, which is great for the local economy (ACM).
Builds a Strong Community: Children’s Museums can provide communities with children’s libraries, after-school enrichment centers, summer camps and voting precincts. This brings familiar faces together and encourages community interaction (ACM).
Lakes and Rivers
Macomb Children’s Hands-On Museum Board of Directors
Monika M Rittner, President Financial Advisor, Design Financial Mount Clemens
Steve Guc, Vice-President Insurance Agent, Steve Guc State Farm Insurance, Mount Clemens
Anida Sabanovic, Treasurer Banking Center Manager, Comerica Bank, Shelby Twp
Mike Klein, Secretary Science Curriculum Coordinator, MISD, Clinton Twp
Kate Cole, Director Early Childhood Studies Program Advisor, Macomb Community College
Barb Dempsey, Director Mayor, Mount Clemens
Christine M. Johns, Ed.D., Director Superintendent of Schools, Utica Community Schools
Marilyn Lane, Director State Representative Michigan House of Representatives, District 31, Fraser
Pamela Lavers, Director Deputy County Executive, Macomb County
Bonnie McInerney–Slater, Director Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, New Baltimore
Daniel Moore, Director Volunteer Coordinator, HOPE Center in Macomb, Fraser
Gregory Vishey, Director Owner Operator Inspector, Vishey Consulting and Inspection