Barry Visel, manager of community relations with Indiana Michigan Power, talks about "The Energy Bike" with Susan Disch, assistant executive director of ETHOS Science Center, and Patsy Boehler, xecutive director of ETHOS Science Center. American Electric Power, which oversees Indiana Michigan Power, donated the funds for the bike three years ago. AEP more recently has received a $200,000 grant that ETHOS will receive over two years. (Truth Photo By Marlys Weaver-Stoesz)
The ETHOS Science Center will be able to expand several of its programs thanks to a grant from American Electric Power.
The science center has received the first of two $100,000 installments through American Electric Power’s Renovation and Renewal Grant. ETHOS will receive the second $100,000 next year.
ETHOS — Encouraging Technology and Hands On Science — works to train local school teachers, organize and support science activities in schools, such as robotics programs, and provide other science resources to schools.
The AEP grant will go to help fund science inquiry training for teachers, science summer camps, and improvements to the science center’s nanotechnology lab, planetarium, lending library, training rooms, hands-on science museum and other areas of ETHOS’ facility.
Patsy Boehler, ETHOS’ executive director, said that AEP has been a long supporter of ETHOS’ work, helping put on a number of teacher training workshops and seminars.
Boehler and Barry Visel, manager of community relations for Indiana Michigan Power, a unit of American Electric Power, also both spoke about “The Energy Bike” that American Electric Power helped provide. The bike allows riders to feel how much power it takes to run different types of lightbulbs, a fan and a hair dryer.
It’s one way the power company has used to teacher people about energy, Visel said.
“We think we get a big bang for our buck as far as getting our message out about energy,” he said.
Susan Disch, assistant executive director of ETHOS Science Center; Patsy Boehler, executive director of ETHOS Science Center; and Barry Visel, manager of community relations for Indiana Michigan Power, stand with a check for $100,000 from American Electric Power to ETHOS. ETHOS will receive another $100,000 from AEP next year. (Truth Photo By Marlys Weaver-Stoesz)