Ball’s commitment to museums across the country!

Ball’s 140+ year legacy of innovation stretches all the way to the cosmos. To showcase and share this innovation, Ball works with a number of nonprofits to share its commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and sustainability, including support of museums in local communities.

Why Ball supports museums

Supporting local museums is an excellent opportunity to reach a vast amount of people of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring the next generation of innovators.

"Ball is able to reach millions of people through our engagements with museums each year," said Chris Chavez, director of corporate relations for Ball Corporation and Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) board member. "Ball's support of our museums is an efficient way to scale our involvement and a fantastic return on investment.”


Innovation on display 

Ball inspires our community to pioneer their own discoveries through exhibits showcasing our great accomplishments. At the Museum of Boulder, both locals and visitors can admire the suspended Kepler Space Telescope model built and donated by Ball Aerospace. In Denver, visitors can take advantage of the annual Space Day Free Day event at the DMNS. Last year, Ball volunteers greeted and educated about 8,000 DMNS visitors at the Ball JPSS-1 exhibit. They also participate in Earth Day events.

History buffs can visit the Museum of Boulder to learn more about the Ball brothers and the founding of Ball Aerospace. Later this spring, beer enthusiasts can imbibe in the history of beer in Colorado at the Ball-sponsored Beer Here exhibit at the Colorado History Museum. Museum-goers in Colorado also can check out the one-of-a-kind Ball-Bartoe Jetwing at Wings Over the Rockies.

Ball innovations also are displayed at museums all over the country. Visitors to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., can check out numerous Ball engineering feats, such as Hubble's COSTAR instrument, the Columbia shuttle Star Tracker and a 1/10 scale model of the Spitzer Telescope. In California, the public can see another Ball-built Kepler model and learn about this highly successful mission at the NASA Ames Exploration Center.


Sustainability and outreach

Ball's involvement ranges from Ball Foundation grants and sponsorships and STEM-focused outreach to employee volunteer and sustainability activities.

"One of our impactful programs is the Healthy Planet Heroes school program at Denver's Children's Museum," said Chavez. "Through a grant from The Ball Foundation, Ball helps kids learn how to be good environmental stewards."  

Museum employees and visitors also are encouraged to recycle their aluminum cans with the proceeds going to purchase trees, which are planted in the nearby park.

A large tree made from aluminum cans brought in by employees and visitors reminds all viewers to use sustainably produced materials for the health of the planet. The museum uses the recycling proceeds to buy trees for its surrounding campus. On Earth Day, Ball volunteers plant those trees, and other volunteers staff a fun booth on satellites and sustainability for children and their parents.

Learn more about Ball's STEM outreach and how we inspire the next generation.
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