Finally: Cognition cuts official ribbon as programs grow – Davie County Enterprise Record

By Jeanna Baxter White

Word Master Media Group

Cognition Davie celebrated its first full year of promoting learning and exploration in childhood with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re always excited about Awareness,” said Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin. “We know this is something that’s been in the works for years. COVID put the brakes on it for a while, but we’re glad to see it now have new life. Awareness is a wonderful asset to the city and we’re grateful to everyone who helped make it happen.”

119 N. Salisbury St. in Mocksville. Cognition Davie, located at Cognition Davie, is a community-driven, interactive space that fosters exploration, learning and innovation with the goal of investing in current and future generations.

Top floor features Interactive exhibits for ages 9 and under and Hope’s Kitchen, an educational kitchen for all ages. The farm-to-table theme takes kids from farm to market to buy a balanced plate and prepare it in a food truck. From making clothes to laying bricks to examining slides under a microscope, kids learn about some of the industries in Davie County.

Downstairs, the Grady L. McClamrock Makerspace is equipped for arts and crafts and hands-on exploration for ages 10 and up.

Young people will be able to explore their trade and career interests with hands-on learning opportunities.

Classes and workshops on a variety of topics will provide opportunities for all age groups to discover and learn new skills.

Those interested in textiles can learn how to sew and embroider on various fabrics on sewing and embroidery machines.

A laser cutter, 3D printer, easels and art supplies, and a computer lab offer exploration of a variety of interests; whether for personal enjoyment or to explore potential careers.

In addition to its 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 participated in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities including a chance to meet a 100lb African tortoise before the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Board member Mike Ernst, speaking on behalf of Cognition, thanked the event participants for coming.

“We’re glad to see you all here for the slightly delayed ribbon cutting ceremony. If you happened to be here when we held our VIP event (Spring 2020), we were looking forward to the rocket launch. Two weeks later, the brakes went on for almost two years … but we’re back.”

He urged the crowd to remember that Cognition, like every other children’s museum in the country, is a nonprofit organization and relies on donations.

“What we really need to do is expand our community awareness and expand our donor base, which will make us successful in the long term, and we can bring in more people not only from Davie County, but from Rowan County, Davidson County and Forsyth. Come and experience it.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to appreciate and enjoy this addition to the community. When you get a museum, you can go out because you have something different that other cities don’t have. The only small 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 the donors and urged the participants to encourage others to donate. “We want to expand this facility and do a lot of great things.”

Becca Lard, education center manager, shared about school trips and other programs planned for next year.

“When I was a teacher, what I loved most was instilling a love of learning in young people. I look forward to continuing this by building great apps and classes at Cognition.”

He also invited everyone to the Cognition Carnival and Touch-a-Truck fundraiser on September 24th. from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “This fundraiser is a great way to show your support. The whole point is to raise money to support Idrak, while having fun and reaching new people.”

The Cognition Carnival and Touch-A-Truck will give families the opportunity to experience some of the fun and engaging activities Cognition offers all year long.

The grassy lawn will be the “Midway” with fair-themed games and contests.

Inside the Cognitive Building, attendees will see the space transformed into an “Exhibit Hall” where kids will enter STEAM-related projects to earn ribbons.

There will be fair food and other family-friendly entertainment for shopping.

The Touch-A-Truck showcase will be held across the street in the town hall parking lot and along Salisbury Street. Kids and adults alike will be able to explore all types of vehicles – public service, emergency, utility, transport, recreational, farm, construction, delivery and truck – all in one place.

Tickets are $20 for a family of four (tickets for additional family members are $3) and $6 for a single person. Buy tickets online

Jessica White Huyett, site coordinator, expressed her gratitude for the support Cognition has received.

“Without him, we could not have survived the pandemic. We are truly grateful to everyone and truly excited for everything to come. Yesterday, Becca and I were walking around the museum thinking about 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, these upgrades will cost extra money.

“I hear too many people say to me, ‘Is there a children’s museum in Mocksville?’ I had no idea,” he said.

“In addition to monetary support, please spread the word. It’s a beautiful place that doesn’t have to be a hidden gem, just a gem. Donations of any size are welcome and every penny counts.”


Admission is $5 per person for the upstairs exhibit area with separate access to the Makerspace.

Annual memberships are: $100 for a family of two, $150 for a family of 4, and $25 for each additional family member.

Follow Cognition on Facebook and Instagram for more events and updates. visit www.Cognitiondavie.orge-mail info@Cognitiondavie.orgor call (336) 753-1046.

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