BALTIMORE - Exelon and Constellation today announced a combined $1.8 million donation to the Maryland Science Center for the creation of a new, state-of-the-art exhibit that will educate visitors about how energy is produced and consumed.
"Exelon and Constellation are making a significant commitment to the Science Center, one of the jewels of our city, to create this exciting new energy exhibit," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "Public-private partnerships like this exhibit, which will draw hundreds of thousands of children from across Maryland, promise to help improve educational opportunities for students of the Baltimore City Schools."
Expected to open in late 2013, the exhibit will educate visitors about the full scope and complexity of how humans generate and use energy, from the power plants that produce electricity to the power lines that deliver it to customers' homes. In addition, the exhibit is expected to show visitors how they can use energy more efficiently to reduce their utility bills and how cleaner, alternative sources of energy can help reduce our impact on the environment.
"Exelon and Constellation believe deeply in the importance of science and math education to prepare young people to be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow," said Calvin G. Butler, Jr., senior vice president of corporate affairs at Exelon. "This new energy exhibit will help inspire Maryland schoolchildren to become the builders and operators of the nation's 21st century energy infrastructure. The Maryland Science Center is a world-class museum and the perfect home for the exhibit."
As part of its merger with Constellation in March 2012, Exelon committed to maintain charitable giving of at least $7 million each year in Maryland and Baltimore combined for the next 10 years. Exelon's gift to the Maryland Science Center fulfills part of this commitment.
In keeping with the museum's hands-on approach to learning, the new exhibit will feature interactive, multimedia displays, and the Science Center's own energy consumption and building - including its solar arrays and green roof - will be included in the exhibit.
"We commend Exelon and Constellation for their generous support in developing this innovative new energy exhibit," said Van R. Reiner, president and CEO of the Maryland Science Center. "With their partnership, the Science Center will be able to give our visitors an engaging and educational experience that will shed light on where the energy they use comes from and how they can do their parts to help conserve energy."