Science Center of Iowa

Our Impact

102,252 – number of visitors through SCI during FY21.
4,226 – number of school groups who visited SCI during FY21.
108 – number of 3-and 4-year-olds who attended preschool at SCI during FY21.


The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Key Services Provided

The Science Center of Iowa features interactive exhibits and programming to encourage learning and fun for all ages. In the SCI Preschool, children receive groundbreaking STEM education. SCI also brings innovative STEM learning to communities statewide through the Science @ Your Site outreach program and teacher professional development trainings.

Key Audiences Served

From the SCI Preschool to camps to educator professional development workshops, SCI has the incredible opportunity to inspire the critical thinkers and workforce of tomorrow, while advancing STEM Literacy. We are dedicated to serving the underserved and underrepresented audiences and developing new partnerships that inspire learners of all ages.

Ways to Give

  • SCI invites you to support our mission through volunteering, membership, leaving a legacy through a planned gift or giving a donation.
  • With programs, initiatives and opportunities for lifelong learners of all ages, your investment in SCI is key as we advance Iowa’s STEM ecosystem.

Board of Directors

Sheldon Ohringer, chair
Lisa Banker
Tom Rice, Ph.D.
Douglas Fick
Curt Simmons
Adam Douglas
Alyssa Saunders
Bick T. Carfrae, MD
Brent Hagan
Claudia Schabel
Doug Martin
James W. Dougherty
Joanne Lasrado, Ph. D.
Magan Lewis, Ph.D.
Muhammad Aadil Spocter, Ph.D.
Peter Dorhout, Ph. D.
Sue J. Mattison, Ph.D.
Suzanne Mineck
Tony Fenton

401 W. MLK Jr Pkwy | Des Moines, IA 50309 | (515) 274-6868 |

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