Transfinder has awarded a grant for $1,500 to the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium’s Powering the Future: The STEM Fund, to provide field trip transportation assistance during the 2011-2012 school year for underserved youth in Schenectady County whose lack of resources would otherwise prevent a visit to the Museum.
“We are delighted to partner with Transfinder; this grant helps the Schenectady Museum offer financial assistance to schools that might not otherwise be able to afford to send children to the Museum for a field trip,” noted Schenectady Museum Executive Director Kerry Orlyk. “Transfinder’s support is critical to the Museum as research increasingly supports the importance of informal learning environments, like the Schenectady Museum, helping children stay engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
About Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the Northeast, the Museum houses the GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 25,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers FETCH! Lab, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Schenectady, New York, Transfinder is a national leader in student transportation management and communication systems and services, offering routing and scheduling solutions for optimal transportation logistics. A business partner of MapInfo Corporation, Transfinder applies MapInfo’s industry-leading mapping technology and database management to deliver superior transportation and logistics management solutions. Transfinder products allow school districts to manage bus routes, provide safe and efficient student transportation, and to access a wealth of critical district information. For more information, visit www.transfinder.com.