MENOMONEE FALLS — Milwaukee’s
Discovery World is the recipient of a three-year, $1.5 million grant
from Kohl’s to fund science, technology, engineering and math
education for children and families in Milwaukee’s most vulnerable
communities through Kohl’s Design It!, a hands-on, educational
program that encourages students and families to use technology to
turn imagination into reality.
“Kohl’s is proud to continue our partnership with Discovery World to
provide opportunities for students and families to participate in
free, interactive STEM programming, increasing their knowledge of
the disciplines and exposing them to careers in the field,” said Jen
Johnson, Kohl’s senior vice president of communications, in a
“We applaud the work Discovery World is doing in bringing hands-on,
age-appropriate learning centered around design and creativity to
kids in our community,” Johnson said.
Discovery World will use the funding to bring STEM education to the
■ Free School Visits to Discovery World: Students from more
than 250 qualifying local schools, with 50 percent or more of the
student population living in poverty, will have the opportunity to
visit Discovery World to participate in Kohl’s Design It! Lab at no
cost. At the Kohl’s Design It! Lab, students harness their
creativity by partaking in collaborative art- and design-focused
■ No-Cost Community-Based Programming for Families: The
Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab will travel to organizations in
Milwaukee communities and qualifying schools, with 70 percent or
more of the total student base living in poverty, to introduce
families and students to the intellectually stimulating STEM field
through engaging demonstrations and a variety of hands-on learning
activities, including product development.
“Kohl’s Design It! has become a pivotal resource for local students
and families to receive hands-on educational programming focused on
creativity, innovation and design,” said Amy Panicucci, Discovery
World’s director of marketing, in a statement. “Kohl’s generous
support helps us educate, motivate, mobilize, and inspire the
innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow by providing impactful and
engaging educational experiences today.”
Since 2010, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have committed $7.5 million to
Discovery World to launch and support the Kohl’s Design It!
educational program, which includes the Kohl’s Design It! Lab and
the Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab.