SciTech To Give Away Supplies To Area Schools, Nonprofits This Weekend

The free-will donation event is set to happen as the museum is less than a month out from closing its physical doors for the last time.

AURORA, IL — As Aurora's SciTech Hands On Museum prepares to permanently shut its doors, staff will hold an educational supplies giveaway Friday and Saturday.

The giveaway is set to take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, 18 W. Benton St. At the "First Share" event, area schools and nonprofits can pick up new and gently used STEM and school supplies — science books, office and activity supplies, chemistry equipment and science kits, among other things. The items will be available for a free-will donation.

To gain entrance into the sale, guests will have to show a business card or ID from their school or nonprofit, according to organizers.

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A preview of available items can be found on the museum's Facebook page. Anyone with questions can contact Faith Slowinski at or 630-859-3434.

Museum executives announced in early May their decision to close the physical space in downtown Aurora. Nick Scanlan, SciTech's board president, said they held out closing for "as long as we could" but "quite simply have run out of options for a viable museum location and the associated funding for such a move," Patch reported.

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On June 3, the museum will participate in Aurora Downtown's First Friday event to offer visitors a free "last look" from 4-9 p.m.