AEP Foundation announces grant for Science Central planetarium

Since Science Central's founding, I&M has played an important role in developing the former City Light & Power building.

Posted: Apr. 24, 2019 9:56 PM
Updated: Apr. 25, 2019 8:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NEWS RELEASE) - Science Central is one step closer to constructing the region's only public planetarium, thanks to a grant presented by Indiana Michigan Power on behalf of the AEP Foundation.

“Indiana Michigan Power and the AEP Foundation are very pleased to continue to play a role in serving our community and region by helping develop and enhance Science Central,” said Toby Thomas, I&M President and Chief Operating Officer. “The planetarium will significantly contribute to the science education that Science Central offers for all people of all ages.”

Through this grant, the AEP Foundation is giving $300,000 to Science Central's planetarium capital campaign. An official announcement of the grant was made at Science Central this morning in the AEP Foundation Science on a Sphere Demonstration Theater.

"We're honored that the AEP Foundation supports Science Central on this exciting project," said Martin S. Fisher, Science Central's Executive Director. "So many people are thrilled by space. They remember the national attention from the total Solar Eclipse two years ago, the amazing research and imagery of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the international attention from the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Installing the only public planetarium in the region inside the only science center in the region will have a tremendous impact on science education for our visitors."

Since Science Central's founding, I&M has played an important role in developing the former City Light & Power building. The contribution to the planetarium continues a long history of projects, including the removal of excess power plant equipment, building improvements, contracts for environmental remediation, and more. In addition, the AEP Foundation gave $500,000 to Science Central's first capital campaign, Science on a Sphere, in 2013. All of these projects were invaluable to Science Central's Mission of providing inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages.

Science Central thanks the AEP Foundation for their generous contribution to the planetarium capital campaign.

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