The Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay will break ground in spring 2020 on a 4,000 square foot addition—the Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics/medicine) Education Center. “Adding the arts to STEM is really brilliant,” says UF President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “Much of what goes into designing and producing children’s literature is representative of all aspects of STEM. This will be experiential learning at its best.” The center will benefit students in grades K-12 and will include hands-on learning with picture books in an interactive, state-of-the-art learning environment. For example, students may explore the physics and engineering behind paper engineering (pop-up books), digital art formation through computer science, or the chemistry involved in the creation of paint. The addition, which will be built on the east side of the museum, is named after lead donors from Perrysburg. The Condas are strong supporters of the museum’s offerings and literacy mission. They are “enthralled and excited” to be part of the innovative project—one of the first in the nation to blend a campus art museum with the hard sciences. A $350,000 State of Ohio grant earned with Findlay City Schools and other fundraising efforts will also support the project.