The new Microsoft STEM Lab at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, August 19th at 11:30 a.m. 

In a press release, The Discovery Museum says this $140,000 project will "allow kids in our community access to new technology." Microsoft Reno has made a $15,000 contribution to fund the Lab in addition to providing a $125,000 CyberGrant which will allow the Discovery Museum to bring it's 92 computers up to date and purchase 25 new devices. The Discovery is the first organization in northern Nevada to receive such a grant from Microsoft. 

The exhibit is called the "STEM Lab powered by Microsoft." STEM is the acronym used for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Discover museum emphasizes that more and more companies are seeking people with CS engineering skills and by increasing students access to these types of courses, "students can build their knowledge, skills, and aspirations and seize the opportunities of today's innovation economy."  

 “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this technology to our visitors,” said Mat Sinclair executive director of The Discovery said in a press release Friday. “Access to STEM activities is an essential part of the education process. To offer this opportunity at The Discovery is another step toward providing youth in our community with an opportunity to develop skills that will last them a lifetime.” 

The Discovery Museum is located in downtown Reno at 490 S. Center Street.