Cognition museum gaining momentum

Published 8:50 am Friday, August 2, 2019

COGNITION of Davie County is working to create an interactive, educational space for children, families, and the community.

In May, WXII12 News shared the story of COGNITION. Kim Crawford, president of the COGNITION board, was interviewed.

A week later, parents and educators were welcomed to COGNITION feedback events, where visitors from the community were able to view designs, ask questions, and give feedback, so that improvements can be made as development continues.

In June, COGNITION volunteers participated in Davie County Parks & Recreation’s Kids Pedal Parade through downtown Mocksville. All ages joined in the fun, riding decorated pedal-powered modes of transportation. Spoke decorations and bubbles were offered by COGNITION volunteers to assist in decorating.

The community and Design Dimensions of Raleigh are collaborating to develop exhibits that reflect the industries of Davie County, from agriculture to textiles, to manufacturing, and everything in between. The exhibits are being designed to equip the next generation with enthusiasm for STEAM concepts (Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math) and help facilitate a qualified workforce for.

At COGNITION, young learners will have early opportunities to explore real-life STEAM situations and hands-on learning as they build skills.

The downstairs of the COGNITION building will be devoted to the makerspace. This will be available to visitors from ages 10 to 100, where they can tinker and problem-solve to their heart’s content. There will be many areas of exploration offered to visitors. Classes, workshops, summer camps, and more will be offered to engage youth and adult learners. Programming will be built around the materials and capabilities of the Makerspace. There will be ample opportunity for questioning, experimenting, and problem solving.

On Sept. 21, COGNITION will host Touch-A-Truck, a hands-on event that will serve to financially support the opening of COGNITION of Davie County in early 2020. If you have a cool truck and would like to participate, email info@cognitiondavie.org.

The exhibit designs are nearing completion, the makerspace concepts are developing, and a capital campaign for $500,000 is under way. Named COGs may be purchased for display in the space for $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000. Exhibit sponsorships are available. Contact Jane Simpson at 336-753-6903.

For more information about COGNITION, check out the Facebook page, COGNITION Davie, and website CognitionDavie.org. Send gifts to COGNITION of Davie County at PO Box 816, Mocksville.