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Archive 2010

Still time to donate for a 2010 tax deduction!

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The end of the year is a wonderful time to make contributions to the causes you care about. It is also a great time to think about reducing your 2010 taxes. When you itemize your tax deductions, charitable gifts may be able to be used to eliminate some of your federal income tax.

So, during this holiday season of giving, please remember the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and then please give the most generous, tax-deductible contribution that you can to help us continue this important work – for our kids, for our community, and for our future. Even the smallest gifts can be combined to have a big impact, and, if you direct your gift to our endowment, it will have an even bigger impact because the Wabash Valley Community Foundation will match $1 for every $2 that you donate!

Donations can be made securely online, or you can download a donation form to submit your gift by mail. Brick sponsorships are also considered tax-deductible donations, and those can be submitted online or by completing and mailing a brick order form.

As a valued Museum patron, we want to thank you for all that you have done so far to support our efforts. Whether you have purchased a brick, volunteered, visited the museum, made a donation, or purchased a membership, your support has had a positive and lasting impact on our museum, our children and our community. We thank you for your past generosity, and we offer our sincere gratitude for any support that you are able to provide this year!

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

 

Children’s Museum adds new robotic arm exhibit

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armVisitors to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will soon get an opportunity to interact with a new robotic arm exhibit that is being added to the museum’s third floor. The exhibit, called the Lunar Arm, was sponsored by Time Warner Cable and created by students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with support from Rose-Hulman Ventures and Ivy Tech Community College. It will make its public debut at the museum on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

“Robots and robotics have been around for many years, but the fascination and technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. That’s why this exhibit is a perfect tool to help us accomplish our mission of enriching our children’s lives through the exploration of science and technology,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. “The new robotic arm exhibit will help children appreciate science and math while having fun and learning at the same time.”

The arm is 24 inches tall, has a 42-inch arm length, a sweep length of 120 degrees and a payload of five pounds. Features of the exhibit include an intuitive user interface, five degrees of freedom, and objects to pick up and move. The arm was designed and built by Rose-Hulman students as a multidisciplinary robotics senior design project.

“I am impressed with both the students’ design and implementation of the lunar arm,” said Matt Boutell, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering at Rose-Hulman and one of the faculty advisors for the project. “Like any other robotic system, creating it required knowledge of mechanics, electronics, controls, and software. The students took the requirement that the arm be robust very seriously; it’s built like a tank! I also appreciate the recent efforts of many at Rose-Hulman Ventures to carry this project across the finish line.”  

The robotic arm will also be used as a tool in an afterschool program for third through fifth grade students that focuses on the topic of robots and manned space flight. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is currently engaged in the Virtual Space Community, which is a partnership led by Space Center Houston, in coordination with NASA and partner science centers across the United States. As a partner, the museum receives specific space-themed curriculum to help fulfill the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) National Education Standards and our individual State Education Standards. Through the afterschool program, which will be launched in the spring of 2011, students will learn that robots are tools for astronauts and scientists to safely gather information about the planets and moons. They will also learn about recent robotic investigations on Mars, build a robotic-like arm and compare robotic functions to human body functions.

Shannon Mullen, Regional Vice President of Operation for Time Warner Cable, said this sponsorship ties nicely to the company’s new philanthropic focus called “Connect A Million Minds.” The company’s community outreach program is designed to inspire young people to build the skills they need in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Eighty percent of jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills, so we must build excitement in these areas to help the students of today succeed in the future,” Mullen said. “As part of Time Warner Cable’s commitment to building that excitement right here in the Wabash Valley, we are pleased to sponsor the Lunar Arm exhibit and afterschool robotics program at the new Terre Haute Children’s Museum. With the excitement about the new museum, this is the perfect location to help raise awareness and visibility for STEM so that local students can gain the experiences and skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.”

In addition to the public debut of the robotic arm exhibit on Dec. 14, there will be a sneak preview of the exhibit for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum on Monday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Members of the museum must present their membership card to be admitted to Dec. 13 sneak preview event. For more information about becoming a member of the museum, call 812-235-5548 or visit www.terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

 

Children’s Museum adds new robotic arm exhibit

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armVisitors to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will soon get an opportunity to interact with a new robotic arm exhibit that is being added to the museum’s third floor. The exhibit, called the Lunar Arm, was sponsored by Time Warner Cable and created by students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with support from Rose-Hulman Ventures and Ivy Tech Community College. It will make its public debut at the museum on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

“Robots and robotics have been around for many years, but the fascination and technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. That’s why this exhibit is a perfect tool to help us accomplish our mission of enriching our children’s lives through the exploration of science and technology,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. “The new robotic arm exhibit will help children appreciate science and math while having fun and learning at the same time.”

The arm is 24 inches tall, has a 42-inch arm length, a sweep length of 120 degrees and a payload of five pounds. Features of the exhibit include an intuitive user interface, five degrees of freedom, and objects to pick up and move. The arm was designed and built by Rose-Hulman students as a multidisciplinary robotics senior design project.

“I am impressed with both the students’ design and implementation of the lunar arm,” said Matt Boutell, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering at Rose-Hulman and one of the faculty advisors for the project. “Like any other robotic system, creating it required knowledge of mechanics, electronics, controls, and software. The students took the requirement that the arm be robust very seriously; it’s built like a tank! I also appreciate the recent efforts of many at Rose-Hulman Ventures to carry this project across the finish line.”  

The robotic arm will also be used as a tool in an afterschool program for third through fifth grade students that focuses on the topic of robots and manned space flight. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is currently engaged in the Virtual Space Community, which is a partnership led by Space Center Houston, in coordination with NASA and partner science centers across the United States. As a partner, the museum receives specific space-themed curriculum to help fulfill the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) National Education Standards and our individual State Education Standards. Through the afterschool program, which will be launched in the spring of 2011, students will learn that robots are tools for astronauts and scientists to safely gather information about the planets and moons. They will also learn about recent robotic investigations on Mars, build a robotic-like arm and compare robotic functions to human body functions.

Shannon Mullen, Regional Vice President of Operation for Time Warner Cable, said this sponsorship ties nicely to the company’s new philanthropic focus called “Connect A Million Minds.” The company’s community outreach program is designed to inspire young people to build the skills they need in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Eighty percent of jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills, so we must build excitement in these areas to help the students of today succeed in the future,” Mullen said. “As part of Time Warner Cable’s commitment to building that excitement right here in the Wabash Valley, we are pleased to sponsor the Lunar Arm exhibit and afterschool robotics program at the new Terre Haute Children’s Museum. With the excitement about the new museum, this is the perfect location to help raise awareness and visibility for STEM so that local students can gain the experiences and skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.”

In addition to the public debut of the robotic arm exhibit on Dec. 14, there will be a sneak preview of the exhibit for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum on Monday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. Members of the museum must present their membership card to be admitted to Dec. 13 sneak preview event. For more information about becoming a member of the museum, call 812-235-5548 or visit www.terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

 

Math adds up to good time plus learning

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December 3 2010

Laughter rolls out in peals and waves from the room on the second floor of University Hall on the Indiana State University campus.

It may seem incongruous as the room is dedicated to math.

"Wherever we are and teaching mathematics, there's a lot of laughter," Marylin Leinenbach, associate professor of elementary education, said. "The two haven't been known to go together."

That fun and mathematics could be paired stems from the three women sitting at the table in Indiana State's Center for Math Education. Leinenbach along with Liz Brown, associate professor of mathematics, and Patty Butwin, chairperson of the center's advisory board, have worked together to move their students and math beyond the university classroom into Vigo County and the Wabash Valley.

"What flows through here is the belief of Indiana State," Leinenbach said.

"And in the Wabash Valley and Vigo County, they are making a difference," Butwin said.

As a stone hitting water sends forth waves from its impact so do different programs extend from the Center for Math Education to Vigo County public school students and beyond. The goal of the center and those who run is simply to assist math learning throughout the area.

"Really, it's about a ripple effect," Butwin said.

"It helps ISU students. It helps children. It helps teachers," Brown said of the center.

That assistances comes from adding together the programs of Go Figure to M2 for Girls to SMART, which then equals fun and learning for Vigo County elementary and middle school students.

In Go Figure, Indiana State students teach math through sports, poetry and more at the Terre Haute Children's Museum. Katelynn Moats a junior elementary education major from Terre Haute, helped develop the first Go Figure program held earlier this year. Seventeen Indiana State students work as docents preparing and teaching lessons around common themes.

"It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to have many individuals' insight on the program," Moats said.

"It gets our students more involved in lessons and the project in addition to delivering the materials," Butwin said.

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Rose-Hulman students put EcoCar and more on display at TH Children’s Museum

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“It’s always great to be able to partner with Rose,” Terre Haute Children’s Museum director Lynn Hughes said in the facility’s classroom. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students dressed in various team shirts pulled their wares up on stage for area school children and explained the various workings with a PowerPoint presentation and hands-on demonstrations. The one-hour presentations began at 2 p.m., breaking every hour before starting up again for a new group.

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Downtown comes alive tonight with holiday spirit

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The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The ‘Miracle on 7th Street’ event is tonight, Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at several downtown locations.

Special Event Times

  • 4 p.m. — Vigo County Public Library “Around the Tree” celebration with live reindeer
  • 5 to 6:15 p.m. — ArtReach; free children’s card making
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Clabber Girl; bake cookies with Mrs. Claus
  • 6 p.m. — Santa Arrives on Seventh and Wabash
  • 6 p.m. — Book Nation; Tom Roznowski book-signing and presentation
  • 6:15 p.m. — Crossroads Plaza; Santa lights the community Christmas Tree
  • 6:30 p.m. — Historic Indiana Theater; performance by Terre Haute Children’s Choir
  • 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. — Old National Bank; Film “Holiday Baggage” $7 admission fee
  • 7:10 p.m. — Historic Indiana Theater; Get your photo taken with Mrs. Claus
  • 7:30 p.m. — First Congregational Church; Holiday Pops concert

Participating Sponsors and Vendors

  • Miracle Market Place; start or finish holiday shopping
  • Hilton Garden Inn; donate to Toys for Tots or Clothe-A-Child
  • Terre Haute Children’s Museum; Vote for favorite gingerbread house
  • Corner Grind; coffee, snacks or a great gift
  • River Wools; buy handmade gifts from local fiber artists and knitters
  • Gopalan Art Gallery; gallery opening
  • Swope Art Gallery; Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, gallery talks with architect Harold Baker and a trunk show
  • Halcyon Art Gallery; gallery opening
  • Heinl’s Flower Shop; open house
  • Crossroads Cafe; holiday dinner, last seating at 8:45 p.m.
  • Market Bella Rossa; dinner served 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Second Floor Boutiques — Cocoa Modern Charm and Passion Window (above Corner Grind)
  • First Financial Bank-ATM 
 

Rose EcoCAR to visit Museum Saturday

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ecocar_Page_01The Rose Hulman EcoCAR team, along with the Advanced Transportation Systems, will be at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum from 2-5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The teams in attendance include the Rose Hulman EcoCAR, FSAE, and the Human Powered Vehicles team. The EcoCAR will be on display outside in the front of the museum while the other vehicles will be shown inside.

Beginning at 2 p.m., a presentation will be given at the top of every hour by each team. All attendees will be able to see the vehicles and interact with members of the teams.

EcoCAR is a three-year vehicle challenge that is established by General Motors. The competition involves 16 universities across America. The purpose is for the students to learn to build vehicles that help the environment. The students need to use their engineering skills to design the cars and make the solutions using a GM-donated vehicle.

 

Museum hosts holiday “Drop-N-Shop” events

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On Thursday evenings in December leading up to Christmas, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., will hold its second annual holiday “Drop-N-Shop” events.

These unique events , which will be held Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., give parents the opportunity to do holiday shopping while their children enjoy an evening of fun at the Children’s Museum.

The evening events will include the museum experience, crafts, movies and dinner. The cost for a child to participate each week is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Each additional child from the same household is $15.

Children ages five through 12 are welcome to participate. Children must be potty trained. Space is limited, so reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting Abby Koester at 812-235-5548, ext. 24, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To download the reservation form, click here.

 

Holiday hours

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During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the museum will operate on the following schedule:

  • Monday, Dec. 20: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 24: Closed
  • Saturday, Dec. 25: Closed
  • Sunday, Dec. 26: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 27: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 30: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 31: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 1: Closed
  • Sunday, Jan. 2: Closed

During the week of Jan. 3, the museum will resume its regular hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Museum admission is free for children under 24 months and $7 for adults and children over 24 months.

 

Tribune-Star: Terre Haute native ‘pays back’ $450K to hometown

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http://tribstar.com/news/x2014324027/Terre-Haute-native-pays-back-450K-to-hometown
 

Museum Announces Grand Opening Schedule

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The Terre Haute Children's Museum has announced the schedule of events for its Grand Opening September 24-26. Activities will be going on both inside and outside the Museum, with Bill Nye the Science Guy® and SpongeBob SquarePants highlighting the event.

In addition, children and parents can experience all the new exhibits in the Museum's new space at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute. The first 100 children visiting the Museum each day will receive favors, beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 12 noon Sunday.

Event Schedule:

Friday, September 24, Museum open 1p.m. to 8 p.m.

Outside on 8th Street: Hobson's Farm Straw Bale Maze and Corn Box; Pony Rides and Petting Zoo; FREE Pepsi (1 to 6 p.m.); Biofuels Mobile Marketing Unit

10:30 a.m. - Color Guard
11 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with local dignitaries
1 p.m. - General Public Opening; favors for the first 100 kids
4 p.m. - Nature demonstration by Dobbs Park staff
5 p.m. – Aquatic life presentation by Inland Aquatics
6 p.m. - Weather and Science Talk with Jesse Walker, WTWO-TV

Saturday, September 25, Museum open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Outside on 8th Street and Ohio Street: Hobson's Farm Straw Bale Maze and Corn Box;
FREE Pepsi (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Biofuels Mobile Marketing Unit; Bill Nye appearance

9 a.m. - Union Hospital's Children's Classic Run begins
10 a.m. - Museum opens; favors for the first 100 kids
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - FREE souvenir photos from MillerWhite
11 a.m. - Bill Nye the Science Guy, presentation at 8th and Ohio (outside).
Presented by Cobblestone Crossings, Indiana State University, Minton's ATA Black Belt Academy, Roshel Family Dentistry and Toyota of Terre Haute
12 noon to 5 p.m. - Meet SpongeBob SquarePants!
1:30 p.m. - Magician Jason Brewer performs
2 p.m. - Health Careers presentation by West Central Indiana - AHEC
2 to 4 p.m. - Face painting
3 p.m. – Solar energy demonstration by One Planet Solar
4 to 8 p.m. - Face painting and balloons by Fundazzlers 

Sunday, September 26, Museum open 12 noon to 6 p.m.

12 noon - Museum opens; favors for the first 100 kids
12:30 p.m. - Elanco Lilly Science Live!
12 noon to 5 p.m. - Meet SpongeBob SquarePants!
2 p.m. - Elanco Lilly Science Live!
2 to 6 p.m. - Face painting and balloons by Fundazzlers
3 p.m. - Solar energy demonstration by One Planet Solar
3:30 p.m. - ISU Science Live!

 

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