The project received $55,000 from The Eaton Charitable Fund. The announcement came Wednesday, stating the grant will go towards operational efforts for the new science center.
Senior Vice President Jeff Finch of Eaton in Maumee said this support directly impacts his employees and their children.
"We are a company that depends heavily on workers skilled in technical fields, and this is a great opportunity to get kids excited about those jobs and the technology associated with them,â?? Finch said."This is a great opportunity for Eaton to support a cause that benefits Northwest Ohio and the families of Eaton Employees directly."
The Idea Lab had presented three concepts back in November after planning the project for two years. It is anticipated to open in 2015, which will feature multiple exhibits like 3D printing or circuit building on the lower level of the science center.
Children can learn hands-on to find solutions for specific problems.
The Science Society, Eaton, NAMSA, and Zenith have sponsored the Idea Lab.