Discovery World publicly launched a $150,000 fundraising community challenge on May 28 to fuel the institution’s ability to increase science literacy and accessibility through Discovery World @ Home, continue care for the animals in the Reiman Aquarium, and be able to thrive when the doors open once again.

Discovery World has so far raised over $100,000 of the proposed goal through support from its Board of Directors and community organizations. The challenge originated through Discovery World’s Board of Directors and leadership committees. Benjamin Wagner and Will Nasgovitz, Board Directors and Development Committee co-chairs, were instrumental in leading the efforts amongst board members to help Discovery World in these times of uncertainty.

“I’m a strong believer in Discovery World’s mission of furthering STEM education and I believe the museum is a centerpiece of recreation, education, and great family experiences,” said Benjamin Wagner, Discovery World Board Director. “When it felt like the world was closing, it was necessary to think towards the future and figure out how to invest in STEM and curiosity in order to ultimately benefit our community.”

Community partners like The Les Paul Foundation have also supported these efforts through sponsorships of Discovery World @ Home. Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation, said that supporting cultural institutions like Discovery World is important because they inspire the next generation of musicians, engineers, and community leaders.

“Learning about how Les Paul looked at his world and how he changed it can help each of us see our worlds differently,” said Braunstein. “Les Paul’s entire life was about hands on experimenting until he found a solution to an issue he was addressing. Discovery World provides families and students opportunities in the varied exhibits and educational programs to have hands-on fun experiences. This is Les Paul’s legacy.”

In order to reach the goal of raising more than $150,000, Discovery World is also asking for community support. Every donation, no matter how big or small, allows the organization to thrive when our doors are closed, so we can continue to create new educational offerings, institute new health and safety protocol, and maintain its staff.

“As a native of Milwaukee, and someone who has spent many Saturdays with my three children immersed in the museum’s exhibits and aquariums, I believe Discovery World is part of the solution towards overcoming the skills gap,” said Will Nasgovitz. “By supporting Discovery World, you’re bettering our community and helping local students learn necessary STEM skills that will one day lead them into the workforce.”

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