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RMSC receives $10,000 grant from Avangrid Foundation to fund summer STEM Curiosity Camps

    ROCHESTER, NY—Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E)  in support of the Museum’s Curiosity Camps. The grant will subsidize the cost of one week of camp participation for 50 children who reside within the City of Rochester. The partnership enables the children to attend Curiosity Camps between Monday, June 24 and Friday, August 23, 2019, free of cost. With nearly half of all Rochester City School District students not graduating from high school—a problem often worsened by summer learning loss—RMSC’s Curiosity Camps play a critical role in helping children get and stay excited about learning.

    Every summer, nearly 2,500 children arrive at RMSC for Curiosity Camp programs—a phenomenal opportunity for children ages 2–15 to discover the excitement of science. Curiosity Campers have the opportunity to pursue passions in animation, archaeology, dinosaurs, electricity, forestry, gaming, robotics, space, virtual reality, water, wildlife—almost 90 topics in all—in hands-on, minds-on programs that pique their curiosity and get them excited about science.

    “We are thrilled to be investing in such a timely and important opportunity for young people,” said Nicole Licata Grant, director of Avangrid Foundation.  “It is exciting to be part of making a difference and contributing to the future of tomorrow’s young leaders and the workforce.”

    RMSC has offered camp programming for children ages 2–15 for more than 15 years. Now named Curiosity Camps, the program is critical to RMSC’s mission to stimulate broad community interest in and understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Curiosity campers enjoy unique educational experiences and interactions with scientists and other professionals under the guidance of experienced educators to further their inquiry into STEM topics.

    Openings are still available for select RMSC summer Curiosity Camps. To learn more or to register, visit or call 585.697.1942.

    For additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,

    About Avangrid Foundation

    The Avangrid Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic investments that primarily impact communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2002, the Avangrid Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $21 million in partnerships that focus on building sustainable, vital and healthy communities; preserving cultural and artistic heritage; advancing education; and improving people’s lives. The Avangrid Foundation is committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the United States. For more information, please visit

    About RG&E

    Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1848, RG&E operates approximately 8,800 miles of electric distribution lines and 1,100 miles of electric transmission lines. It also operates approximately 10,600 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 105 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 378,500 electricity customers and 313,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region in New York surrounding the City of Rochester. For more information, visit

     About Rochester Museum & Science Center

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.