PB Foundation supports STEM education

By Polly O’Brien Morrow

The Connecticut Science Center recently opened a new and exclusive exhibition, Our Changing Earth. The exhibit is presented by the Pitney Bowes Foundation, and features opportunities to understand Earth’s core, confront extreme conditions and observe dramatic interactions between earth and humanity. It explores the science driving change throughout Earth’s history and looks ahead at what might happen next.

“As a founding supporter of the Connecticut Science Center 10 years ago, we are pleased to support this exciting new exhibit, which has been thoughtfully designed to engage students with innovative, engaging and interactive science learning approaches,” said Kathleen Ryan Mufson, Director, Global Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Pitney Bowes, and President of the Pitney Bowes Foundation.

An array of new and enhanced exhibits will feature the most up-to-date scientific data and trends creating an immersive experience, focusing on earth science, its impact on humans and the influence of humans on the environment. Learning opportunities include exploring the impacts of Connecticut’s changing climate through the Center’s Geographic Information System enabled () (GIS) touchscreen, which allows visitors to layer in unique risk data that can help predict the future impact of big storms on the coastline or the effect of rising temperatures on our state. Software and risk datasets were provided by PB’s Software & Data Solutions, whose experts assisted in the implementation of this engaging exhibit.

“The Earth has been sculpted over hundreds of millions of years by powerful forces, including volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, ice, floods, and storms,” said Connecticut Science Center President and CEO Matt Fleury. “While some changes occur rapidly – even suddenly – others develop extremely slowly.. Our Changing Earth uses data to explain why, and how, in ways that will bring our world’s story and our role in its future very close to home.”

James Fairweather, Chief Innovation Officer and member of the CT Science Center board was instrumental in many aspects of the exhibit’s program development. “The Science Center is an incredible resource for both children and teachers across the state – and represents a great public/private investment in dynamic, hands-on STEM education for the children of our region.” James commented.

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