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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!


Updated 5/8/2020.

Portal to the Public

Portal to the Public provides professional career development opportunities designed by a national network of museums to bring scientists and the public together in face-to-face interactive programs. As a partner organization, Science Central provides local STEM practitioners with the opportunity to become part of this exciting, growing network of science professionals who have participated in this program since it first launched in 2007 with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

(takes place on location at Science Central)

 webedit ThisIsWhatIDid DSC 0105STEM Communication Fellowships

  • Are you a researcher, engineer, or medical professional looking to do broader impacts and outreach? Become a STEM Communication Fellow!
  • Join a team of STEM professionals at Science Central who are dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math.

 webedit 2016 Cassie and GroupWhat are the Benefits?

  • Enhance your professional communication skills in a dynamic and engaging workshop setting.
  • Develop a hands-on educational activity which you can use in multiple educational settings at and beyond Science Central.
  • Opportunities to network with local STEM professionals committed to public engagement and education professionals.
  • Receive STEM Communication Fellowship certification

Participate in Portal to the Public Professional Development

  • 4 part workshop series
  • 1 (one) Meeting, one-on-one, with Science Central staff

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  • A portion of workshop time will be focused on materials and activity development
  • The majority of development will occur outside of the workshops
  • Showcase your hands-on activity during our annual Science Fair Recognition Day

calendar tempDates for Fall 2017 Portal to the Public workshop series:

  • September 16 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

  • September 30 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

  • October 28 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm

  • November 18 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

How to Become a STEM Communication Fellow?

 webedit details DSC 0009What are the time requirements?

  • 18 hours direct professional development with Science Central Staff
  • 10 hours reflection and project development

What does it cost?

  • $250 per partiipant

 How do I learn more?

  • Click here to visit the program website for additional information on the network.
  • Click here to see what others have to say about the program.