B&W Y-12 recently donated $15,000 to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, a press release said.
The money will be used to turn the museum’s current space exhibit into a “Rocket Room,” taking children on an imaginary trip to Mars. An existing model rocket at the museum will be refurbished, and new interactive activities will bring outer space to preschoolers and other young children, the release said.
Y-12 also arranged for the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to donate excess NASA equipment, such as control panels and satellites, to the Rocket Room, the release said. That was possible thanks to Y-12’s involvement with the Oak Ridge Huntsville Partnership Office, a consortium including Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Alabama.
“B&W Y-12 wants to ensure that the Children’s Museum remains a vital asset in the region by supporting it with financial investments, as well as having our employees volunteer on a regular basis to ensure regular upgrades to the facilities,” said Chris Clark of B&W Y-12’s Strategic Program Development, who is also a current museum board member. “I encourage everyone in the Oak Ridge area to participate in ensuring the museum remains a vibrant part of our community.”