Great Lakes Science Center grant for 'fracking' exhibit

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation.

The Great Lakes Science Center is accepting one of the 244 awards through the agency's grant programs.

It receiving $80,579 through Museums for America, for a brand-new interactive, multimedia exhibit that features "hot topics" of Northeast Ohio.

The new "hot-topics" exhibit at Great Lakes Science Center will provide impartial, clear facts about a controversial subject of relevance to Northeast Ohio, such as hydraulic fracturing drilling, also known as fracking.

The goal is not to offer opinions, but to present the facts on fracking's benefits, challenges, and impact, both economically and environmentally, and allow visitors to form their own conclusions.

The exhibit will utilize interactive, touch screen technology to provide users with the facts about fracking and the impact on their own community.

"We appreciate the grant from IMLS, which will enable us to give our members and visitors an interactive experience that will stimulate curiosity about a hot topic such as fracking and provoke scientific discussion," said Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and CEO, Great Lakes Science Center.

"It's an important addition to our permanent offerings at the Science Center, not only for highlighting the science behind this trending subject, but also for its relevancy to Northeast Ohio."

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