DTE Foundation Donates $1M to Michigan Science Center


DETROIT — Demonstrating its support of educational institutions across Michigan, the DTE Energy Foundation has pledged to donate $1 million to the Michigan Science Center. The donation will span a five-year period starting this year, and assist the center to achieve its vision of inspiring Michigan families with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math.

“Contributions such as this are vital to sustaining the Michigan Science Center and its educational impact on the community; it’s truly an investment in Michigan’s youth,” said Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center.

In addition to this recent contribution, the foundation committed $250,000 in 2012 to support the reopening of the center. Furthermore, the DTE Energy Sparks Theater, a fun, live demonstration area of the museum, was made possible by a grant and in-kind support from the foundation.

“The science center is an educational gem that attracts and inspires thousands of Southeastern Michigan families every year,” said Fred Shell, chair of the DTE Energy Foundation and vice president of DTE Energy’s Corporate and Government Affairs group. “The Foundation’s contribution is part of DTE Energy’s broader support of STEM education initiatives preparing the future workforce of our state.”