Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards $1.2 Million Grant to Chabot Space & Science Center

       OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 8 — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of San Francisco has awarded Chabot Space & Science Center a $1.2 million grant over three years to increase Chabot’s reach and impact of informal science education programs within the Bay Area. The grant will be used to support and expand Chabot’s educational programs to the general public, with a focus on increasing the number of students served.

       “Recent studies of California schools have shown that students lack adequate science instruction,” stated Alexander Zwissler, Chabot Space & Science Center Executive Director & CEO. “Chabot’s innovative programs, exhibits and classroom field trips can reverse that trend. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s funding will ensure that our impact on students’ lives will continue to grow with their education.”

       Chabot Space & Science Center is a non-profit institution that traces its roots to 1883, when hydraulic engineer Anthony Chabot donated a refracting telescope to the City of Oakland. Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Chabot serves over 150,000 visitors annually in an 86,000 square-foot complex perched atop the Oakland hills. As a teaching center for science and space literacy, Chabot features a world-class planetarium, interactive exhibits, giant-screen MegaDome movies, and the only research-level telescopes regularly available to the public for live viewing in the Western U.S.

       “Chabot Space & Science Center is a unique and valuable educational resource in the Bay Area and we are pleased to support their efforts to increase science literacy among students, teachers and families,” said Soo Venkatesan, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation project manager for its San Francisco Bay Area Program. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supports Bay Area science and technology museums and the development of new programs and exhibits that engage the public in science and technology.

       “Chabot proudly upholds a legacy of serving the community through our field trips, science camps and community outreach focusing on Earth, life, environmental and astronomical sciences,” noted Zwissler. “This grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will enable us to transform even more students’ lives.”


       Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Founded in 1883 and currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off highway 13 in the Oakland hills. For more information, visit http://www.chabotspace.org .

       The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world and to improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation’s Science and Technology Museum area of focus supports a number of Bay Area museums to increase scientific awareness and literacy among students, educators and the public. For more information, visit http://www.moore.org.

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       CONTACT: Robert Ade, 510-336-7310, rade@chabotspace.org

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