ABB (NYSE:ABB), kicked off Marbles' BIG IDEA Forum today with a “BIG” announcement that will educate and excite the next generation of engineers and help fortify the Raleigh-area's reputation as a leader in Smart Grid technology.
ABB,the global leader in power and automation technology group, is announcing a multi-year investment in Marbles Kids Museum to develop “Kid Grid,” a new interactive exhibit featuring playful activities in a pretend power grid. A check for $100,000 was presented today, the first installment of a seven-year pledge.
In addition to the monetary investment, ABB will provide the engineering expertise to ensure accuracy of the grid and will supply “real” power grid equipment—motors, towers, underground cables, transformers and control systems. Marbles, ABB engineers and children of ABB employees are working on design concepts that combine technical accuracy with the “fun factor” for the new exhibit, scheduled to open in 2014.
This announcement comes at an exciting time for Marbles Kids Museum as it celebrates its 5th birthday. An innovative non-profit institution, Marbles Kids Museum inspires young learners through imaginative exhibits and playful learning experiences. By partnering with organizations like ABB, Marbles is able to keep the power of play affordable and accessible for all.
“Kid Grid at Marbles, presented by ABB, is going to ‘wow’ children, students and families and inspire interest in power and energy,” said Sally Edwards, President of Marbles Kids Museum. “Marbles is thrilled to partner with an established leader in our nation’s energy industry.”
Kid Grid will be the first exhibit of its kind for children in the United States. This high-visibility exhibit will be located on the second floor of the museum, facing Hargett Street and overlooking Moore Square Park.
“We believe that the engineers ABB will employ and the customers we will serve in 2040 are playing at Marbles today,” said Roger Bailey, Regional President Power Products Division, ABB. “ABB is proud to invest in the next generation through Kid Grid. Marbles Kids Museum is one of the reasons why the Triangle is a great place to live, work and visit.”
ABB has a substantial presence in North Carolina, employing more than 2,000 people in eight locations – Cary, Huntersville, Kings Mountain, Marion, Pinetops, Raleigh, Shelby and Weaverville. ABB’s North American corporate headquarters are based in Cary, and ABB’s Power Products/Power Systems divisional headquarters are located on the Centennial Campus of NC State University in Raleigh.
Centennial Campus in Raleigh is also the site of ABB’s new “Smart Grid Center of Excellence” – a futuristic testing lab and demo center for utilities to test new equipment on a live, smart grid-enabled network – and home to the ABB Corporate Research Centers, one of eight CRC’s ABB operates around the world.
ABB funds new hands-on “Kid Grid” power exhibit; first of its kind in the U.S.