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Time capsule project to help fund new Greenville science center

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - As part of our 60th anniversary, we're partnering with the organization Go-Science to help raise funds to build an all new state of the art science center in Greenville.
And you can get involved on the new facility that will change eastern Carolina.

The Go-Science Technology Center is looking to raise money by selling time capsules to everyday people and organizations looking to mark their place in history. It's a project that organizers say will impact the east in more ways than one.

Years of planning became reality after officials broke ground for the new site of the Go-Science Regional Science and Technology Center in the uptown district of Greenville.
What looks like an abandoned building at the corner of Dickinson and Ficklin will soon become a state of the art science facility for children and adults.
"Right now, were in phase one of what will be Phase 1 of the center,” said Roger Conner, the executive director for Go-Science. He says the group plans to completely remodel the facility to house more than 20 core programs, provide cutting edge, informational and educational activities for children, teachers, and citizens alike, to help put eastern North Carolina on the map.
“[It] helps our student and children be more proficient in math and science technology and ultimately be more competitive on both nationwide and global scale,” explained Conner.
There are $2 million worth of exhibits in storage. The absence of a physical location hasn't stopped Go-Science from making an impact on the area.

“We've been working to develop the center itself,” said Conner. “At the same time, we’ve been providing outreach activities through the region. We reach about 20,000 people already without a facility.”
The group has held workshops on telescope building. They host astronomy nights and portable planetariums. And when the last phase of the project is completed, Conner says the sky is the limit and eastern Carolina will become a hub of economic transformation, providing young people with the skills necessary to fulfill the growing needs of a 21st century workforce.

“The goal is always something new, something fun, something exciting and something relevant,” said Conner.

The Go-Science organization will expand in 3 phases as funding grows. If you're interested in making your mark in history, you can pitch in and buy your own time capsule, pack it with historical records or objects representative of our current culture.  Click Here to learn more about the opportunity!

If you decide to purchase a time capsule, you can join us in burying them together next year. We'll keep you posted on the dates.
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