The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium recently received a $50,000 boost from John Deere Foundation.

The funding will “support the creation of a design-based educational model for the museum’s new permanent exhibit, ‘River of Innovation,’” according to a press release issued by the museum Monday. The funding also will go toward a program providing museum access to the underserved local populations and to bus grants for field study.

The “River of Innovation” exhibit is expected to open next year and will include “a fully functional, 19th-century, belt-driven machine shop,” maker space and other hands-on exhibits.

Meanwhile, Andersen Corporate Foundation and Andersen Corporation’s Dubuque Plant recently donated $5,000 to support science, technology, engineering and math educational curriculum development in connection to the “River of Innovation” Maker Space. The U.S. Bank Foundation donated $2,000 toward the same effort.

The maker space is slated to open in the summer of 2020.

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