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Gilead Grant Supports CuriOdyssey in the Classroom

San Mateo, CA–April 2019–CuriOdyssey, a science playground and zoo, received a grant from the Gilead Foundation of Foster City, CA in support of the school science program, including a low-income component to serve underprivileged children. The program will offer STEM curricula and field trips for schools and groups as well as hands-on workshops, both on-site and in classrooms. All offerings support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

CuriOdyssey’s mission is to teach essential science to young children as a foundation for developing the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers. To accomplish this the organization offers a comprehensive array of science education programs, hands-on interactive science exhibits and a wildlife program. Ensuring that youth have equal opportunities to experience the transformative program is essential to the mission. Executive Director Rachel Meyer notes, “We believe science education is a right not a privilege. I am delighted that Gilead has partnered with us to help bridge the gap in science education for today’s children.”

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines. The Gilead Foundation provides grants to programs in the United States and internationally. “This grant is closely aligned with Gilead’s priorities,” comments Kate Wilson, Director of Public Affairs. “Making sure that kids today get engaged in science early and that it is fun in the way the CuriOdyssey makes it, will help to create a lifelong interest in the topic.”

Young children join an educator in observing the process of erosion via a box of sand and water falling from a source. The grant to CuriOdyssey will support education efforts like this.

About CuriOdyssey

CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground where more than 100,000 kids each year observe wild animals and experiment with real scientific phenomena. As a science and wildlife center, CuriOdyssey helps children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world. We are dedicated to giving more kids the superpower of science and believe that kids learn about science and animals best out in the world and not behind a desk or a screen. CuriOdyssey is located at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo.  For more information, visit

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San Mateo, CA 94401

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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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