ACTON — Discovery Museum and Middlesex Savings Bank announced that their long-running community support relationship has expanded to include a $100,000 investment in the new Discovery Museum, which opened in March, 2018.
Middlesex Savings Bank is the main sponsor of the museum’s Community Gallery, a 1,200-square-foot exhibit space designed to host an ongoing series of rotating exhibits and community events.
Velocity Engineering Lab, a hands-on, interactive exhibit using balls and ramps, opened on Jan. 12, replacing the Bricks, Sticks & Arches building exhibit that had been in the space since the museum’s opening.
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550-square-foot treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land 20 miles west of Boston.
The gallery is named the Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery.
Middlesex Savings Bank and the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation have funded the museum and its access programs consistently since 2011, funding free museum admission on Friday nights as well as supporting the museum’s fundraising galas and speaker series events.
Additionally, the bank was the first corporate funder to join the Campaign for the Discovery Museum, with capital gifts totaling $100,000 beginning in 2014.
“Middlesex Bank has been an impactful supporter of the museum for many years, and this latest gift underscores the bank’s deep commitment to investing in the community we both serve,” said Discovery Museum CEO Neil Gordon. “The Middlesex Savings Bank Community Gallery is a space where our visitors will come together to play, explore, and share; it will be a hub of interesting and inspiring community programs and STEAM-based activity and learning.”
“This investment in Discovery Museum is really an investment in the kids and families of the region,” said Mike McAuliffe, president and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “Community support is at the heart of our charitable investments, and we view Discovery Museum as a tremendous community asset. We are thrilled to support their work to support kids’ informal learning through play.”
Blending hands-on experimentation with real-world applications, Velocity Engineering Lab teaches students key physics principles as they race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks, exploring how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. Visitors conduct their own experiments and compare the results of multiple test runs. Exhibit components include a roller coaster and serpentine, jump track, loop track, half-pipe and dish.
Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835 and headquartered in Natick, has 25 offices including Groton and Westford.