Expansion of Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History funding

If the additional funding is approved, it could help the museum host fun events for the community throughout the summer and beyond.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The City of Corpus Christi will vote this week to expand funding for the Museum of Science and History to $500,000 for 2022 and 2023. It will come from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund if approved by the city council this week, and help the museum to organize fun events throughout the summer and beyond.

Alan Wilson shared his excitement about the additional funding. “This will allow us to create a dynamic and creative attraction for tourists and locals to come and experience science and history.”

“As a parent, you know, we want our kids to always be learning,” Rebekah Everhart said. “Obviously during the summer they want to have fun. It combines the two, it’s fun while learning.”

Children had the chance to get hands-on experience at the museum on Saturday for the first of two Valero STEM days. Days like this are made possible through funding and partnerships; They give Collegiate High School sophomore Sai Varshini Chinnasani a chance to share her passion with other kids.

“I’m teaching other little kids to spark their interest in STEM. I feel like this is a great opportunity to do that because kids really love making ice cream and that’s the one of the best ways to let them know about STEM, and get them involved in STEM-related activities when they enter school,” Chinnasani explained.

The Museum of Science and History offers a nine-week summer camp that children can attend with a new theme each week. Alan Wilson said it was special for him to see children excited to come to the museum, just like he and many others were at that age.

“There’s nothing quite like watching wide-eyed kids get wowed by a chemistry experiment or some other presentation. It just makes you feel really good,” Wilson added.

Wilson said the new funding will help them manage the more than 450,000 items they have in their archives and help them continue to update exhibits. The museum has so far received $150,000 from the city and will receive the additional $350,000 if approved by city council.

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