Austin Children's Museum Receives Grant from the Monsanto Fund

Educating the next generation in unique and innovative ways is what the Austin Children’s Museum is all about. The museum is working hard to mold the next generation into creative problem solvers by inspiring curiosity, rewarding risk and encouraging questions. To support this dedication to education, Monsanto employees in College Station, Tx. nominated the museum for a grant from the Monsanto Fund.

Austin Children’s Museum was presented a $5,000 donation from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, at a presentation at the museum on Nov. 12. The organization provides exciting opportunities for children to develop their creative thinking skills with the support of the adults in their lives.

The Austin Children’s Museum will use the grant to support the Discovery Weekends program, which features Engineering Saturdays and Science Sundays. Engineering Saturdays provides the opportunity for children and families to participate in engineering activities presented in collaboration with students from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Science Sundays hosts special guests who share their knowledge of science in a fun and kid-friendly way.

“The purpose of these programs isn’t just to satiate the need for kids who like engineering and science,” Judy Razo, communications manager for Austin Children’s Museum, said. “It’s also for kids who don’t know they love it yet.”

Rick Jones, Monsanto site lead at College Station, was excited to play a part in the donation.

“I am very pleased to support the Austin Children’s Museum on behalf of Monsanto,” Jones said. “We believe that only through excellence in educating the next generation can we work toward solutions for a growing planet, and the museum is an important contributor to this mission with its focus on education.”

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work.