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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.

Science On a Sphere

SOS1Imagine walking into an exhibit gallery at Science Central and seeing a six-foot diameter sphere of the Earth. The sphere appears to be floating in mid-air, and even rotating on its axis!

You can see oceans and continents in their actual colors, just as our planet appears from outer space.  Tropical rain forests along the equator are dark green, mid-latitude deserts are light tan, and deep ocean waters are a dark blue.

Suddenly, at the flip of a button, the sphere shows the currents of the oceans in motion, or captures all of the Earth’s current storm systems in real-time!  Another press of the button and the sphere looks like the Moon, Jupiter or even Mars.

This amazing technology is known as Science On a Sphere, and it was invented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as a research tool to understand earth and space systems in a three-dimensional format.  This technology is now available for science centers like Science Central to use to educate our visitors.

Science Central's Science On a Sphere installation is the first of its kind in an Indiana museum, and one of only about 100 in existence around the world. This exhibit provides incredible opportunities to educate our region’s students, teachers, and families with cutting-edge technology and real-world applications of science!

Experience it today!


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