FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2018
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PSEG SUPPORT INCREASES OPPORTUNITY ACROSS NEW JERSEY
FOR NEWJERSEY MAKERS DAY
New Jersey Makers Day continues to grow heading into its fourth year
The New Jersey Makers Day Executive Board is proud to announce the grant support of the PSEG Foundation of the 4th Annual New Jersey Makers Day.The statewide event is scheduled to take place at hundreds of locations throughout New Jersey on March 9 and 10, 2018.
With participation steadily increasing since 2015, last year’s event boasted 306 sites across all 21 counties of New Jersey with a reported total attendance of over 85,000. Participating locations included schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and other educational organizations.
In its fourth year, New Jersey Makers Day, now a 501(c)(3) New Jersey nonprofit, is able to offer grant opportunities to sites to provide additional resources encouraging making, designing and engineering. New Jersey Makers Day also focuses on providing impactful, professional development and support for participating sites.
The $10,000 grant by PSEG enables New Jersey Makers Day to strengthen its support for hands-on opportunities for creating, crafting, programming, tinkering and a large variety of STEM and STEAM-based learning for all ages in communities statewide.
In a recorded message to 2017 New Jersey Makers Day participants, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) congratulated makers for being engaged in this proud New Jersey tradition of entrepreneurship and discovery.
“This is an important part of our economy,” said Sen. Booker, “an important part of job creation, an important part of innovation, and pushing the envelope of humanity. This is a day truly to celebrate, and I love that we, in New Jersey, are keeping it going.”
New Jersey Makers Day Board President and co-founder Doug Baldwin says, “We are ecstatic to have PSEG’s support of our statewide initiative bringing STEM and making experiences to communities across New Jersey. Their generous commitment demonstrates an unwavering support for STEM and maker-centered experiences, education and careers for all New Jerseyans.”
“PSEG is proud to support this ever-growing program that brings science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities and learning to students of all ages,” said Ellen Lambert, President of the PSEG Foundation. “We are happy to continue to support New Jersey Makers Day as it provides hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy STEAM-based learning.”
For more information on sponsorship and support opportunities for New Jersey Makers Day, please visit http://njmakersday.org/index.php/become-a-sponsor/
About NJ Makers Day
New Jersey Makers Day began in 2015 to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and other organizations to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences. In 2016, New Jersey Makers Day was expanded to be a two-day event. New Jersey Makers Day is now an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and aregistered New Jersey Charity, and thereby able to accept tax-deductible donations to grow the event across the state. More information about participating in or supporting New Jersey Makers Day can be found at www.njmakersday.org.
About the PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG). The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries. More information about the PSEG Foundation can be found at www.pseg.com/info/community/new_site/giving.jsp.