Statement issued Thursday by Science Central:
FORT WAYNE, IN – Paul Chodak III, president and chief operating officer of Indiana Michigan Power, presented a check for $500,000 to Science Central on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation, which is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: ADP) and its utility operating units, including Indiana Michigan Power.
“I am very pleased to present Science Central with this gift,” said Chodak. “The AEP Foundation is proud to be an instrumental part of making Science Central the home of the first Science on a Sphere exhibit in the State of Indiana.”
Accepting the gift for Science Central was Martin Fisher, executive director. “Science Central is a unique regional resource,” said Fisher. “Thanks to the generous donation of The AEP Foundation, we will continue to build on that resource by providing visitors with a unique, high-tech exhibit that will help them to understand how science impacts their lives every day.”
The gift will be used to support the design, fabrication and installation of Science on a Sphere (SOS) at Science Central as well as provide a theater setting for the exhibit. Science on a Sphere is a dynamic, animated global display system that uses computers and video projectors to show planetary data on a six-foot diameter sphere. SOS was developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SOS provides individuals the ability to see and understand, in real-time, how a hurricane forms and makes landfall, or link to a live Spherecast from a museum in Hawaii to observe tsunami action, compare the geography of the Earth to Mars on the six-foot globe and understand the direct connections between world resources and the economic development of countries.
“Instilling a love and curiosity for science, technology, engineering and math in our children will pay huge dividends in their future,” said Chodak. “We are pleased to be a partner with Science Central in bringing this unique learning tool to our community and Northeast Indiana.