The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto has awarded Chabot Space & Science Center a $300,000 grant to support the fabrication and installation of Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory, an exhibition designed to increase climate change science literacy. The exhibition is scheduled to open at Chabot Space & Science Center in fall 2010.
Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory will offer an optimistic, solutions-oriented, highly interactive educational experience. Featuring Emmy-award winning science educator Bill Nye as the Commander of the Clean Energy Force, visitors will join an urgent mission to thwart climate change by discovering exciting new clean energy opportunities and solutions.
"Chabot is pioneering a new model to advance how we educate the public about climate change. Through personalized learning that connects science knowledge to real world actions, we intend to encourage visitors to act upon what they learn in Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory and help move us toward a sustainable future," said Alexander Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was established in November 2000 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty to create positive outcomes for future generations. Their science and technology museum grants within the San Francisco Bay Area Program seek to promote science literacy among Bay Area students and the general public. The projects funded have a strong emphasis on science education for students, including curricula development and professional training for teachers.
"The support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation allows Chabot to continue its rich tradition of science education, through hands-on, fun, interactive exhibits," said Tamara Schwarz, Exhibits Manager for Chabot Space & Science Center.
Chabot's new 4,100 square foot exhibition will include air, water, and land galleries exploring how climate change affects Earth's interconnected systems, and how to use the Sun, wind, land, and water to generate clean energy. Two Bill Nye laboratories will feature innovative technology and design in transportation and the built environment. The companion website will provide a global reach for the project, allowing visitors worldwide to join the effort by signing up to take part in ongoing missions. Over three to five years, Chabot expects to reach a combined science center and website audience of more than two million visitors.
Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe. The Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills. On the Web: http://www.chabotspace.org.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and to improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit http://www.moore.org.