By Jeanna Baxter White
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Cognition Davie celebrated his first full year of promoting childhood learning and discovery with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.
“We are always excited about Cognition,” said Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin. “We know this is something that has been worked on for years. COVID put the brakes on it for a while, but now we’re happy to see it’s been given a new lease of life. Cognition is a great asset to the city and we are grateful to everyone who helped make this possible.”
Located at 119 N. Salisbury St. in Mocksville, Cognition Davie is a community-driven, interactive space that promotes exploration, learning, and innovation with the goal of investing in current and future generations.
Features above interactive exhibits for ages 9 and under and Hope’s Kitchen, a learning kitchen for all ages. A farm-to-table theme takes kids from the farm to the market to buy a balanced plate and prepare it in the food truck. From sewing clothes to laying rocks to examining slides under the microscope, kids get a basic introduction to some of the industries in Davie County.
Downstairs, the Grady L. McClamrock Makerspace is equipped for crafting, crafts, and hands-on exploration for kids 10 and older.
Young people will be able to explore trade and career interests with hands-on learning opportunities.
Lessons and workshops on a variety of topics offer all ages the opportunity to discover and learn new skills.
Those interested in textiles can learn to sew and embroider on various fabrics on the sewing and embroidery machines.
A laser cutter, 3D printer, easels and art supplies, and a computer lab all offer exploration for a variety of interests; whether it be for personal pleasure or for exploring possible careers.
In addition to the interactive spaces, Cognition has programs and demonstrations for all ages, such as Beekeeping and Sheep Shearing, Camp Cognition, wine and DIY classes for adults, and Adulting 101 for teens. Children took part in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities, including the chance to meet a 100-pound African spurred tortoise before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
On behalf of Cognition, board member Mike Ernst thanked those present for coming.
“We’re glad to have you all here at the ribbon cutting, which has been delayed a bit. If you happened to be here when we had our VIP event (Spring 2020), we were looking forward to a rocket launch. Two weeks later, the brakes were on for almost two years, but we’re back. ”
He urged the crowd to remember that, like any children’s museum in the country, Cognition is a non-profit organization and relies on donations.
“What we really need to do is raise our community awareness and expand our donor base, which will make us successful in the long run and we can bring in more people not only from Davie County but also from Rowan County, Davidson County and Forsyth County to to experience this.
“This is a great opportunity for all of us to cherish and enjoy this addition to the community. If you get a museum, you can get out of it because you have something different that other cities don’t have. The only other town I know of in the area that has a museum is Statesville, and it’s not a children’s museum,” Ernst said.
He thanked donors and urged those in attendance to encourage others to become donors. “We want to be able to expand this facility and do a lot of great things.”
Becca Lard, manager of the education center, talked about the school trips and other programs she has planned for the coming year.
“When I was a teacher, my favorite thing was to encourage the love of learning in young minds. I look forward to continuing to do that by building great programs and lessons here at Cognition.”
She also invited everyone to the Cognition Carnival and Touch-a-Truck fundraiser on September 24 from 10am-1pm “This fundraiser is a great way to show your support. The whole purpose is to raise money to support Cognition, while having fun and reaching new people.”
The Cognition Carnival and Touch-A-Truck offer families the opportunity to experience some of the fun and engaging activities that Cognition offers year-round.
The grassy lawn becomes the “Midway” with carnival themed games and competitions.
In the Cognition Building, attendees will see the space transformed into an “Exhibition Hall” where children will enter STEAM-related projects to win ribbons.
There will be honest food for sale and other family-friendly entertainment.
The Touch-A-Truck showcase will be held across the street in the City Hall parking lot and along Salisbury Street. Kids and adults can explore all types of vehicles – public service, emergency, utilities, transportation, recreation, farm, construction, delivery and trucks – all in one place.
Tickets are $20 for a family pass for four (tickets for additional family members are $3) and $6 per person. Buy tickets online at bit.ly/cogcarnival.
Jessica White Huyett, site coordinator, expressed appreciation for the support Cognition has received.
“We would not have survived the pandemic without it. We are very grateful to everyone and are looking forward to everything that is to come. Yesterday Becca and I walked through the museum and wondered how we could make it even better. This place is already great, people love it, kids love it, but how can we make it even better? As Mike mentioned, those improvements will cost extra money.
“I hear too many people say to me, ‘Oh, does Mocksville have a children’s museum? I had no idea,'” she said.
“Spread the word in addition to financial support. This is an amazing place that doesn’t have to be a hidden gem, it just has to be a gem. Donations of all sizes are welcome, and every cent counts.”
Admission is $5 per person for the upstairs exhibit space, with separate entry for the Makerspace.
Annual memberships are: $100 for a family of two, $150 for a family of 4, and additional family members $25 each.
Follow Cognition on Facebook and Instagram for additional events and updates. Visit www.Cognitiondavie.orgemail menfo@Cognitiondavie.orgor call (336) 753-1046.