In 2015, a new initiative was sponsored by AAGW, Destination INNOVATION! Viewed as building upon the revitalizing success of Destination ARTS!, the program was created with a goal to focus on the past, present, and future of the Waynesboro area’s innovation and invention. It was felt with the stronger presence of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the school system this was another way to help connect our community.
Destination INNOVATION! featured an ongoing series of speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive displays of 3D printing, robotics, electric vehicles, drones, solar panels and other technologies, as well as an escape room, examples of work being manufactured by active local industries and historical displays illustrating the area’s rich innovative past, including companies such as Geiser, Frick, Landis and Grove.
In the summer of 2018, to help bring a renewed focus to Destination INNOVATION! the AAGW partnered with Beacon House Inc. to begin offering learning experiences for area children interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The goal for this partnership is continue providing the bridge between technologies and creativity to show future inventors and creators how to tap into both sides of their brain.