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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!

TO HELP KEEP US STRONG DONATIONS AT THIS TIME WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

Updated 5/8/2020.

Fact Sheet

Thank you for your interest in Science Central.

Facility:

  • Opened November 5, 1995 in the historic, iconic former City Light and Power Plant, built in 1929
  • Original renovations and exhibits cost $9 million
  • 70,000 square foot building
  • 35,000-square feet of exhibit space, temporary exhibition area, three classrooms, demonstration theater, gift shop, exhibits repair shop and offices
  • Completed a $1.6M capital campaign in 2013, the first expansion since opening
  • Preparing to install a $2.2M capital project, the region’s only public planetarium
  • Replaced all exhibits on the lower level in 2018

Budget:

  • Approximately $2.1M
  • About 43% of the operating budget came from earned revenue and 57% from unearned
  • Receive no annual government funds for general operations, unlike other U.S. science centers
  • Debt-free since 2012
  • Net Assets of $6M, including $1M invested
  • Created a self-restricted Endowment, with plans to expand

Visitors:

  • Nearly 3 million people, including on-site and outreach visitation, have been served since 1995
  • Annual measurable impact of 135,000 people
  • Visitors came from 40 States in the past year
  • 49% of general public visitors and 82% of school groups were from outside Allen County 
  • Served 31 counties around the Tri-State region with school outreaches and study trips 
  • Almost 800,000 people have been served through outreach programs since opening
  • Approximately 2,300 Memberships

Distinctions:

  • The only science center in the region, and the most-visited Fort Wayne museum
  • Indiana’s first museum-based NOAA’s Science On a Sphere exhibit
  • Voted 4th Best Indiana Museum by the Indiana Department of Tourism in 2018
  • Partnerships with museums, universities, school districts, radio and television stations, after-school, libraries and government agencies
  • Staff serve on STEM-related boards, committees and community groups

Programs:

  • Student study trips, demonstrations, labs, outreach, birthday parties, science camps, teacher training, scout programs, overnights, science competitions, adult programs, themed festivals, homeschool activities
  • Specialized training workshops for nearly 8,300 pre-service and in-service teachers since opening
  • All school programs correlate to Indiana’s State Standards for Science
  • Featured in weekly radio and television segments hosted by the Executive Director
  • Educational Interactive Video Conferencing nationally and internationally
  • Host special abilities days for visitors with disabilities
  • Host free or reduced admission days, and provide free passes for nearly 14,000 people a year

Economic Impact:

  • Premier cultural institution improving the local quality of life, attract and retain new businesses and residents, and contribute to the educational development of the region’s future employees
  • Out-of-town visitors annually contribute approximately $1 million to the local economy
  • Provide jobs to approximately 60 people
  • Approximately 300 volunteers