Town in talks with SUNY Poly’s Children’s museum

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By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — The children of Clifton Park and Saratoga County may eventually have a new place nearby to learn about science right in their backyard.

The town has confirmed that it is in talks with representatives from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Children’s Museum of Science and Technology to possibly move the museum into town.

Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said that the town had a discussion with museum representatives, and now the town is in the process of researching what it can do to provide possible incentives to the museum to relocate to Clifton Park, including the potential of tax breaks for the museum.

The matter, Barrett said, is still in its infancy. Talks began just a few weeks ago. But, Barrett believes the museum would be a “perfect fit” for Clifton Park.

“The museum has been a fun, interactive learning experience for thousands of students for many years.” Barrett said, noting that the town, and the county, have made strides in pursuing STEM technology and education opportunities. “We believe the museum moving here would allow it to take what it offers to the next level.”

The museum, which is part of SUNY Poly, seeks to provide children with hands on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by utilizing hands on programs and other exhibits. Right now, the museum is located in the Rensselaer Technology Park.

There is no word yet on where the museum would be located in Clifton Park, if it does end up being moved into town.

“The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology is an inspiring asset for the Capital Region community. SUNY Poly looks forward to learning more about the opportunity for the museum to enhance its sustainability through a new partnership that could help provide even more children with the chance to discover the excitement of a CMOST STEM educational experience for years to come,” SUNY Poly spokesman Steve Ference said in an emailed statement.