MANCHESTER, NH — SEE Science Center earned a highly competitive $50,000 grant award during a special pitch competition last month in Concord. SEE Science Center’s operations director, Peter Gustafson, was one of five nonprofit leaders making his final three-minute pitch to members and guests of the Entrepreneurs Fund of New Hampshire (EFNH) during the AMP NH Award Competition. EFNH members and guests voted for nonprofit projects in “real-time” based on anticipated “amplified benefits” for the organizations and communities they serve.
This $50,000 brings a new exhibit to SEE focused on Genome. The Science Center is developing special programming to stimulate interest and develop hands-on learning opportunities — BiologYou. This positions the organization to inspire all, with a special focus on middle school students, to the wonders of science surrounding the life forces of DNA.
“This has been a great opportunity for SEE to participate in this learning and funding opportunity. The Entrepreneurs Fund coaches were terrific motivators and the process was fun, a little nerve-wracking and very exciting in the end.” said SEE executive director, Susan Howland. “This combined with our CDFA Tax Credit Award is bringing some amazing, fresh, state-of-the-art exhibits and programming to SEE Science Center-stay tuned.” she adds.
SEE Science Center has been inspiring minds to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for over 30 years in Manchester’s Millyard. Tens of thousands of families and students visit annually and the organization has nearly 1,000 members. SEE also partners with RiverStone Resources to fund every fourth grade student in the Manchester School District to come to the Center for a special field trip every year.
EFNH, an initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, channels the expertise, energy and passion of the state’s leading entrepreneurs to strengthen New Hampshire communities through innovative philanthropy.