Give to The Franklin Institute through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit
The Franklin Institute's programs are Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) approved for the 2014–2015 school year. The EITC program gives generous tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an educational improvement organization, like The Franklin Institute.
If you have not taken advantage of the EITC program in the past, it is easy to participate. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website to apply.
The Franklin Institute's programs are signature educational experiences that give students from underserved communities the opportunity to experience in-depth science enrichment here at the museum. With your gift through the EITC program, you can help us continue to forward our mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. The following programs are EITC-approved for the current fiscal year:
Student Access Program
The Institute is committed to bringing individuals from underserved neighborhoods into the museum and to bringing science to them in their own communities. Through the Student Access Program, the Institute provides deeply discounted admission to more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year, including nearly 25,000 students from the region’s Title I schools—such as every public school in Philadelphia—who are admitted at no cost. Many students and schools would not be able to take advantage of the tremendous educational resources available at the Institute without this discount, and as part of each school visit, students engage directly with museum educators. Supported by a wide array of professional development courses for teachers, field trips to The Franklin Institute engages curious students throughout the region.
Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. As the Institute’s signature youth leadership program, PACTS mentors approximately 150 students each year in grades 4–12 through afterschool and weekend activities. Overall, PACTS students have an average 99% high school graduation rate, as compared to the School District of Philadelphia graduation rate of only 61%. Program activities consist of robotics, including participating in regional robot-building competitions; architecture classes that teach students how to use analysis and design as approaches to a multitude of problems; environmental science that emphasizes community partnership and service as well as scientific study; and other special classes and opportunities. In addition to STEM disciplines, PACTS students learn presentation skills and receive mentoring to help prepare them for future study.
STEM Scholars recruits high school freshmen who show a strong interest in STEM disciplines and engages them in afterschool and weekend activities to prepare them for STEM careers. Programming includes field trips to local science-based institutions, presentations and interactions with local scientists and engineers, and help with preparing for college entrance exams and admissions. STEM Scholars is highly competitive—in 2013 82 students applied for 15 openings. Now in its fourth year, 60 students work intensively with instructors and with each other to supplement their high school experiences with science and technology programming that helps them discover what careers they want to pursue, and how their work will help change the world. For example, an ongoing STEM Scholars project is exploring how to create a vaccine. Examining real-world problems and talking with actual scientists is an important part of this program that provides unique opportunities for its participants, most of whom come from underserved communities.