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Pump House Steam Museum partners with W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics

June 17, 2015 -

The Pump House Steam Museum  at 23 Ontario St. is partnering with W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics  to offer new  science and technology-themed events and programming starting this summer.

W.A.F.F.L.E.S. stands for Wild About Family & Friends Learning Engineering and Science. Operating since 2006, this community organization runs local FIRST robotics teams and events for youngsters from age six through high school. (See wafflesrobotics.com for more details.)

"We are incredibly excited to be able to expand our reach through our partnership with the Pump House Steam Museum. We have a strong culture of giving back to the community and now we have a platform that will allow us to grow these initiatives faster and in directions we have only been able to dream of up until this point," says Christine Bibic of W.A.F.F.L.E.S.

She notes that the two W.A.F.F.L.E.S. summer camps being hosted at the museum this August are already full – but the public can look forward to enjoying W.A.F.F.L.E.S. events this fall, including:

  • W.A.F.F.L.E.S. breakfasts on September 19 and November 21 (and, yes, there will be waffles).
  • LEGO Inventioneers Day on October 21. Admission to the museum will be free on this day.

"We welcome W.A.F.F.L.E.S. as a partner to the Pump House Steam Museum.  The City of Kingston shares this organization's commitment to engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and math. By sharing resources, we have the potential to reach more people and expand programming that embodies our belief in Kingston as a place where history and innovation thrive," says Colin Wiginton, cultural director for the City of Kingston.

The City is inviting anyone interested in becoming involved in the W.A.F.F.L.E.S. programming at the Pump House Steam Museum as a mentor, sponsor or student to contact Christine Bibic at 613-532-8898 or email wafflesrobotics@gmail.com.

For more Pump House Steam Museum events and programming, see steammuseum.ca

About the City of Kingston

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.