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Cade Museum’s own Patty Lipka and Cutting Edge Programs Highlighted at the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ 2016 Annual Conference

Cade Museum’s own Patty Lipka and Cutting Edge Programs Highlighted at the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ 2016 Annual Conference

The Cade Museum for Creativity+Invention participated in the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Annual Conference last weekend in Tampa, Florida. ASTC is a world-wide organization that provides professional support and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions who are dedicated to using innovative techniques to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and inspire students of all ages.patty

The Cade Museum’s Program Director, Patty Lipka, presented The Cade’s own Early Entrepreneur Series as a panelist for Innovation and Entrepreneurship- Equipping Youth for the Future.  She was joined by representatives from the New York Hall of Science, Connecticut Science Center and the Orlando Science Center. “This was an amazing experience and a great honor to be able to share our Early Entrepreneurs program alongside nationally recognized science centers. We are thrilled to be acknowledged and we know that the impact of our Early Entrepreneur program will only expand and grow as we move into our new museum,” said Ms. Lipka. “I can’t wait to see what our staff and students will do next!”

The weekend long conference kicked off with a general assembly of 1500 attendees, where the Cade Museum was featured in a highlight video for its work as a recipient of ASTC’s inaugural Creativity Garden Mini Grant program, which was awarded in February 2016 and is funded by Disney. The $8,000 grant allowed the Cade Museum to provide field trips and bussing for fourth and fifth grade students from Metcalfe Elementary to supplement their classroom instruction in a hands-on environment that promotes exploration and experimentation, while meeting educational standards.

The Cade Museum is proud to be a part of ASTC and to be recognized so early as a peer among great institutions across the country.  The Cade Museum’s new building located in Gainesville’s Depot Park is on track for an opening date of Fall 2017. The 21,000 sq ft museum will have interactive exhibits, programming, events, rental facilities, a gift shop and opportunities to work alongside successful inventors. To learn more, visit cademuseum.org.

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