444 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

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Something New Is On The Horizon at the Children's Museum at Holyoke!

The Children's Museum at Holyoke is thrilled to announce the opening of a groundbreaking exhibit: The Automotive TECHnician Center, presented by Marcotte Ford. This eagerly anticipated addition marks the museum's first new exhibit since 2018, bringing innovation and hands-on learning to children of all ages.

The result of over two years of planning and collaboration, this exhibit is made possible through the generous support of Marcotte Ford. Their dedication to Holyoke and its young residents has been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.

The exhibit features a fully functional Ford donated by Marcotte and locally fabricated to ensure an authentic experience. Children can immerse themselves in the world of automotive technology, changing tires, diagnosing issues, and even enjoying the radio. A tool wall, equipped with modified REAL tools for safety, enhances the interactive learning experience.

"Hands on stuff is great for a lot, there are a lot of kids who have sitting in a classroom all the time," shares Natalie Colón, electrical trade student at Dean Technical High School. "I think having something hands on and a place where you can experience what being in a trade is like will definitely open the kids eyes up to trade schools."

At the Children's Museum, exhibits are carefully crafted by education professionals to be hands-on and engaging. Through interactive experiences, children explore, discover, and learn by doing, fostering curiosity and creativity.

In addition to the new exhibit, the museum will continue to offer their classic exhibits including many interactive exhibits, such as the Curvy Climber, World of Motion, Shop & Scan Grocery Store, Art Studio, and more. Each exhibit is designed to stimulate learning and exploration in a fun and dynamic environment.

To celebrate the unveiling of the Automotive TECHnician Center we are holding a public event!

WHAT: Community Celebration debuting the Automotive TECHnician Center

WHEN: Saturday, April 27th, 2024; 10 AM - 12 PM

WHERE: 444 Dwight St, Holyoke MA

(Free event, open to all community members and media)

"The Children's Museum at Holyoke is committed to promoting STEM education because we recognize its vital role in preparing children in our community as the future workforce," shares Kate Caligaris, President, Board of Directors. "Incorporating STEM learning helps the children we serve because it not only develops their technical skills but also fosters critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork. In addition, providing STEM education supports the Museums' other stakeholders, the business community, who are seeking a developed workforce in order to continue with visionary regional economic growth."

Join us in celebrating the power of hands-on learning and exploration at the Children's Museum at Holyoke. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

For media inquiries or interviews, please contact Meghan Rothschild at (413) 218-4994 or meghan@chikmedia.us.