The Museum of Science, Boston has announced a $5 million gift from the Gordon Foundation in support of its efforts to transform engineering and technology education and inspire youth to embrace the rewards and rigors of becoming leaders in the engineering field.
The funding will provide support for the National Center for Technologic Literacy and many of its programs, including the Gordon Family Young Innovator Program, which will work to engage upwards of five hundred young people through an annual event and school-based activities; the Engineering Design Challenges Program; the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) teacher video program; and a new out-of-school-time program. Established by Bernard M. Gordon, founder of the Analogic Corporation, and his wife, Sophia, the foundation awarded $20 million to MOS in 2006, still the largest gift to the museum from a private donor.
“Our country's future depends on its ability to motivate and educate 'real' engineers," said Gordon. "Such people can lead, think creatively, relate to society, break complex problems into manageable tasks, and take risks that may result in new products benefiting society. With this gift, my wife and I continue to recognize the museum's important work, strengthening engineering as a discipline and encouraging talented young people to become engineers, thus helping to preserve our country's leadership in innovation."