- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The National Science Foundation is raising money to acquire the Canaan Valley Institute building and operate it as a regional STEM hub.

The foundation needs to raise $150,000 by Feb. 9 to show that it can maintain and operate the $8 million building. The building near Davis is owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

National Science Foundation director Andrew N. Blackwood tells The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1CnjFyT ) that the organization has created a crowdsourcing website similar to Kickstarter to help raise money. He says the foundation is soliciting pledges from both individuals and corporations.

The proposed STEM Education Center would become the permanent home of the National Youth Science Camp. It also would be the centerpiece of the foundation’s planned National Center for Youth Science Education.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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