Conner Prairie to help fuel interest in science

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A suburban Indianapolis living history museum could become a model for building interest in science, technology, engineering and math through a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the Conner Prairie Interactive Historical Park in Fishers has received $2.3 million to find a way to encourage other history museums to incorporate science and the other often daunting fields into their exhibits.

The three-year venture will revolve around a science lab called "Prairie Science" and will include a wind- and water-energy exhibit that will allow children to learn how a wind turbine works.

Wyn Jennings of the NSF says the grant is rare for history museums but reflects the foundation's desire to find alternative ways to drive people into STEM fields.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal

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