October 24, 2017
Interactive Programs to Benefit from Grant
Short Hills, New Jersey – Investors Bank and the Investors Foundation presented a $10,000 grant check to the Liberty Science Center (“LSC”). The grant from the Investors Foundation, which is provided annually, helps LSC create such innovative resources as the interactive MakerLab and the award-winning Live From Surgery program. The Investors Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank, provides grants to a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.
The grant check was presented by members of Investors Bank’s retail banking team in Hudson County and Investors Bank Director of Community Development Ada Melendez-McGuinness. The group also included Investors Bank Jersey City Branch Manager Paloma de Leon and Market Manager Ronnie Sevilla.
Following the grant check presentation, Investors Bank’s team visited LSC’s MakerLab. Currently, the MakerLab is offering a series of classes on weekends for families and on weekdays for school groups. The lab’s educators show children, age 10 and older, how to use the latest programming and fabricating tools. For example, students learn software coding to create costumes, wands or other objects. Then they “manufacture” the items using a 3D printer.
Later this fall, the MakerLab is presenting a weekend series called “Bloxels: 8-Bit Video Games.” Students will learn to design game characters, develop levels of play and combine both in an original video game using Bloxels.
Upon accepting the grant check, LSC’s Director of Grants Emily Pring said, “We are very grateful for the ongoing relationship that we have developed with Investors Bank and the Investors Foundation. We look forward to Investor’s generous assistance as we move ahead with our mission of inspiring tomorrow’s scientists and as we prepare to launch our incredible new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium later this year.”
One of the Investors Foundation’s early grants helped fund the Live From Surgery program. Annually, 9,500 high school students use two-way videoconferencing to watch real-time kidney transplants and other types of surgical procedures, while conversing with the surgery teams. The program is designed to expose students to a range of healthcare careers.
Investors Bank’s Mr. Sevilla said, “We have formed a valuable partnership with the incredible team at Liberty Science Center. Everyone here is focused on creating fully immersive exhibits that inspire children’s interest in science, technology, mathematics and the world around them. We are honored to be serving this world-class educational center, which is in our backyard."