ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, an innovative science centre and lake aquarium, received a $100,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation in support of its early learning science initiative Champ Lane. ECHO’s Champ Lane is a 2,200 square-foot exhibit and classroom designed to support early learners, educators and caregivers. The exhibit will serve as the platform for development of the critical STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) early learning focused curriculum.
Through this grant, ECHO will reinforce its value as a community asset by increasing access to early science learning and extending its reach as a provider of STEM education. The space, which was opened in February, brings visitors from birth to six-years old a learning-through-play experience with hands-on opportunities that spark curiosity in their world.
Cox Automotive’s Chief Product Officer, Rick Gibbs said “As a technology company, we understand the importance of STEM programs. We also know that early learning puts children on a path to success. By providing STEM and early learning programs, ECHO is enriching the community’s children for a bright future.”
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honour of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where its subsidiaries are located.