Bank of America supports DASEF’s Traveling Planetarium Program

Bank of America Grant will help DASEF deliver statewide programs and outreach

DASEF (Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation) has received a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Chartible Foundation to help fund DASEF’s statewide planetarium program. The portable planetarium consists of an inflatable dome, fan and a digital projection system. The accompanying astronomy curriculum and lessons will enable the DASEF staff to design and then create a multi-disciplinary program for schools, youth groups, and the general public.

Bank of America supports DASEF’s vision of creating an exceptional learning environment that inspires children and their families.  “The planetarium program is an exciting complement to traditional classroom learning,” said Chip Rossi, Bank of America Delaware market president.  “Exposure to the sciences is a critical part of a young person’s education.” 

Board Chair Gary Bell said that DASEF is pleased to partner with Bank of America to provide planetarium activities as a feature of learning experiences in astronomy.

Through programs at the Environmental Outpost and statewide outreach, DASEF provides schools, youth organizations and community groups with year-round, innovative applied learning. Children and their families and teachers engage in immediate and continuous experiences and activities that expose them to new technologies and scientific advances.

The non profit’s programming includes field trips, Eyes on the Skies astronomy programs, professional development, Family Days, summer academies, outreach and Saturday Explorations. Programs and outreach are available to all schools, youth groups, libraries, Scouts, Head Start, preschool programs and families.

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