Sci-Quest Receives $100K from Foundation, But Still Needs Help to Relocate

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Sci-Quest is taking a giant step toward its new home.  That transition to Madison will be a little smoother thanks to a big contribution from a prominent foundation in town.  Sci-Quest just received a $100,000 grant from the Jane K. Lowe Foundation.

The big plan for the museum is to lure in even more children to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

Drew Crocker, a seven-year-old from Huntsville, punches a knob that sets a ball in motion on his favorite exhibit at Sci-Quest.  He loves watching the ball gain momentum, similar to the momentum building to get Sci-Quest to its new home.

"We're very optimistic," said Sci-Quest Executive Director Cyndy Morgan.  "We know it's going to happen."

Morgan has renewed energy after the Jane K. Lowe Foundation made a huge contribution to the science center's capital campaign.

"A shot in the arm like that, $100,000 at one time, really gets us excited and hopefully it'll spread and get the community excited," said Morgan.

The fund now stands at about $800,000 which is half of what Sci-Quest needs to get a construction loan to renovate its new more visible location.

"We'll be moving over on Highway 20 right next to the Old Time Pottery," said Morgan. "It's a very visible location from Wall Triana but also from 565.  The city of Madison is going to put out directional signage for us.  So, we feel like it's going to be easier to get to."

That's the goal for Sci-Quest: to reach more children like Drew, from two years old up through the college level.

"It helps people learn about how things move and what's in your body and stuff," said Crocker.

Morgan sees Crocker and others as the future of this area.

"These kids, if they stay with us, they will understand the importance of technology and science," said Morgan.  "And they'll be excited about it and then they will be our future workforce here."

With the potential to more than double the size of the current facility, the staff is confident community support will keep rolling in.

Sci-Quest is a non-profit funded by donations, grants and income from admission.  The hands-on science center needs to raise another $800,000 in the next few weeks in order to be able to move to the new location by the end of this year.

Click here to find out how you can make a donation to help Sci-Quest meet the goal.