Above / DuPage Children’s Museum receives $100,000 grant from Exelon Foundation to fund AWEsome Electricity exhibit at its location at 301 N. Washington Street, conveniently situated near the Naperville Train Station.

DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is pleased to announce a $100,000 donation by Exelon Foundation for its exhibit AWEsome ENERGY: A Bright Future Ahead.

The AWEsome ENERGY initiative represents over 20 years of research and testing with a team of educators, scientists, business leaders, parents, and children. DCM’s AWEsome ENERGY neighborhood creates an immersive, interactive experience in three integrated sections: AIR, WATER, and ELECTRICITY.  AWEsome ELECTRICITY opened in June 2012. AWEsome Air opened in December 2015.

DCM AWEsome Water exhibit will open June, 24, 2017

AWEsome Water will open on June 24, 2017, during DCM’s 30th birthday party celebration. AWEsome ENERGY is a massive permanent exhibit and education initiative that, when completed, will cover one-quarter of DCM’s 17,000 sq. ft. exhibit space with 3 million anticipated visitors over a 10 year period.

As children explore in a hands-on environment, discovering the scientific forces that power our world, they build creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will launch them into a bright future.

“The DuPage Children’s Museum provides a place for young thinkers and innovators to hone their skills and learn about energy and the science behind it,” said Chris Crane, president and CEO of Exelon and chairman of the Exelon Foundation. “Furthering education through hands-on learning and building stronger communities is central to the Exelon Foundation’s mission.”

The Exelon Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization funded solely by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). Exelon is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers and one of the largest, cleanest generation fleets in the United States.

The Foundation’s mission is to encourage respect for the environment and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community by supporting programs in the following three areas: innovative math and science education, environment and conservation, and diversity.

The progress we have made to date in bringing the AWEsome Energy exhibit to the community could not have been possible without this significant donation DCM received from the Exelon Foundation during the initial development,” noted Elaine Drikakis, DCM Director of Development. Their sponsorship plays a crucial role in making the exhibit a reality. It further advances DCM’s reputation as a leading education resource, providing needed and relevant S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming for early learners.”

Exhibits like AWEsome ENERGY would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, sponsors, grantors, and our nearly 9,000 member families. Fundraising opportunities are still available, and supporters to date include Exelon Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Molex, Dave and Dawn Kelsch, City of Naperville, Crowe Horwath, SunCoke Energy, Ecolab, and others. To find out more about how you can make an impact today, please contact our Development Department at (630) 637-8000.

dcmDuPage Children’s Museum

The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represents well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life.

The DuPage Children’s Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.

The Exelon Foundation

The Exelon Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization funded solely by Exelon Corporation, an energy company, through shareholder dollars. The organization supports non-profit, tax exempt organizations primarily within the service territory of Exelon and its operating companies.

News submitted by Dee Dee McDevitt, Director of Marketing and Sales, DuPage Children’s Museum.