The AEP Foundation to fund new traveling outreach exhibit for Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, La.

The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation is funding a new traveling outreach exhibit with a $300,000 donation for Sci-Port Discovery Center to take on the road to educate children on the basics of energy and the importance of sustainability. The exhibit will explore different means of energy and the science behind them, along with other important energy issues as our energy future increasingly depends on creative minds and a new generation of problem-solvers.

“The AEP Foundation is proud to support Sci-Port in its mission to provide informal science education to students in the region,” said Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “Through the Foundation, we are equipping students with the tools needed to understand the future of energy, so they can be a part of the educated workforce in the future.”

Slated to make its local debut in Spring 2017, the exhibit will reach children in northwest Louisiana through school outreach programs and will be adaptable to all grade levels and groups, though it will primarily serve elementary school-aged children. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the exhibit will begin traveling to Title I schools in every county and parish throughout the SWEPCO service area, which extends from North Texas to East Texas, central Louisiana and western Arkansas.

“Our current outreach exhibits have been well-loved and well-used. We’re thrilled to be gaining a brand new exhibit to bring to thousands of new children thanks to the AEP Foundation’s generous gift,” said Ann Fumarolo, Sci-Port’s president and chief executive officer. "The impact of a gift this large is far-reaching. This exhibit will serve kids in Arkansas all the way to North Texas and Louisiana, and continue to reach students for many years past the end of the project funding period.”

The exhibit is a much-anticipated addition to Sci-Port’s current traveling outreach exhibits, Gee Whiz and Space Journeys, which explore physical sciences, math and space sciences.

About the AEP Foundation

The American Electric Power Foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by American Electric Power and its regional utilities in support of AEP's community relations goal: "To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work." The AEP Foundation was created in 2005 to continue to support that goal. The Foundation generally considers requests for multi-year commitments from organizations in the communities served by AEP's regional utilities or where AEP has major facilities.

About Sci-Port Discovery Center

Sci-Port Discovery Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center featuring 290 hands-on exhibits, 70 interactive programs and demonstrations, a Space Center and the Space Dome Planetarium, IMAX® Dome Theatre, gift shop and café. Accolades include Best Science Attraction for Kids in Louisiana, Attraction of the Year in Louisiana, and one of Parents magazine top ten science centers in the nation. Sci-Port is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the LA Space Consortium. The Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the downtown Shreveport Riverfront. Visit sciport.org.





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