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Science Matters Program Policy


Registration Deadline

All students must be registered for the program at least 7 days prior to each program date. This would be the Tuesday before the Tuesday program. You will receive an email confirmation containing barcoded tickets. Please bring them on the day of your program.


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a registration, you must call at least 7 days prior to the program. Refunds are only given 7 days prior to event day.


Walk-In Policy

Walk-ins will not be permitted on the day of the event.


Face Coverings Policy

Currently, face coverings are required for all participants due to hands-on activities that bring attendees into close contact with staff.


Programming Change

All programs are subject to change at Science Central’s discretion.




Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) Form

An EMA form must be filled out for each registered student. This form is where you will provide emergency contact information as well as any medical issues and/or allergies that we should be aware of to provide the best experience for your student. This form will be kept on file for the entirety of the school year, but will not be able to be used for other programs (ex: Camps, Coding Club).

We prefer that you complete the online form and submit it electronically at least 7 days prior to your first registered program date. You will receive information on how to access the form in your confirmation email.

For the safety of the students, students will not be permitted to stay for the program if they do not have a completed EMA form turned in at check-in.



Day of Program

Check-In Procedures

Science Matters check-in will begin at 1:30 each month. Check-in takes place at the Admissions desk inside Science Central, so individuals dropping off their student(s) MUST COME INSIDE with their students. Every month at check-in, you will first show your barcoded ticket to a staff member at the front desk to scan. Then you will need to sign-in your student. During check-in, if you didn’t already complete it online, you will also turn in your completed EMA form to the person at the front desk. After your student is signed in, they will receive a wristband for the program and then a Science Central staff member will escort them to their classroom for the afternoon program.


Check-Out Procedures

Science Matters check-out will begin at approximately 3:15. Please allow extra time for check-out. Check-out for Science Matters is inside Science Central, so individuals picking up student(s) MUST COME INSIDE to retrieve their students. Only approved (listed on the EMA) individuals may sign-out students. Guardians picking up students will be asked to sign a sign-out sheet with a staff member before they are able to take their student(s).


Late Pick-Ups

If you are more than 15 minutes late to pick up your student, you will be charged $15 for every 5 minutes past pick-up time, based on our clock. If you are more than one hour late to pick-up your child, the Fort Wayne Police Department will be notified.


Photo Policy

Science Central and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used for future Science Central promotions or publicity. These photos may be used without your consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid photographers and inform them of your desire. As a visitor, you are welcome to take photos for non-commercial use at Science Central.