To ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning

That’s the nonprofit mission at the heart of everything we do at the Science Center — everything you make possible. St. Louis is part of our DNA, and for nearly three decades supporters throughout our city, community, and region have joined that mission to deliver science education to everyone from families and school groups, children and seniors, to underserved communities and more.

Today, your support is more vital than ever, as the Science Center continues to drive science learning for the St. Louis community even while facing the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your support. Your impact.

Memberships, supporting memberships, and donations to the Annual Fund and our Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program help in ways that directly impact our community and our world. Members and donors…

Provide access to science learning, which nurtures curiosity and sparks the innovations of tomorrow.

Provide access to science learning, which nurtures curiosity and sparks the innovations of tomorrow. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) plays a more vital role than ever in understanding our world and preparing for our future in important areas like healthcare, climate science, food production, sustainability and more.

Enable community outreach programs like Youth Exploring Science (YES). The Science Center’s Community Science department facilitates a range of engagement efforts for those in the St. Louis community who lack access to quality STEAM learning opportunities.

Prepare young minds...STEAM jobs of tomorrow

Prepare young minds today for the STEAM jobs of tomorrow by sparking their interest in science. A diverse STEAM workforce allows for more economic investment and employment opportunities across communities, all making for a stronger St. Louis.

Empower teachers to discover and adopt innovative methods for teaching science in classroom settings. Our professional development programs help educators connect their students with STEAM in new and engaging ways.

Give the Science Center the resources to care for its robust collection of over 100,000 genuine science artifacts. Comprising items from natural history, medicine, technology and more, the Science Center’s Collections are routinely displayed for guests, and many hold invaluable ties to St. Louis’ past.

Help our educators and team create exciting new ways to connect our community with science. Support means updates to our free galleries and more robust science programming as well as brand new experiences like GameXPloration and GROW.

Help our educators and team create exciting new ways to connect our community with science.

Ensure that the Science Center remains able to offer free admission to everyone

Ensure that the Science Center remains able to offer free admission to everyone. Your support allows our team to provide free access to STEAM learning 363 days a year.

See What’s Happening

YES supervisor Bill Stanard works with one of the YES TeensThe Youth Exploring Science Program Takes A Hybrid Approach to Hands-On Learning

In January of 2021, after nearly a year of all-digital programming brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Science Center’s Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program returned for more in-person learning at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. Pandemic restrictions and precautions have the program taking a hybrid in-person, part digital approach to keep YES Teens immersed in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

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Winter Wonders Brings SciFest Back to the Science Center

After an extended absence because of COVID-19, a special themed day titled Winter Wonders brought the spirit of SciFest back to the Science Center.

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Adapting the Essential: Youth Exploring Science Goes Virtual

Educating during a pandemic is an issue many teachers have been tasked with solving over these past months. In the age of COVID-19, schools across the globe must meet the challenge of teaching students safely, and it was no different for the Community Science department’s Youth Exploring Science (YES) Program.

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Keeping St. Louis Connected with Curiosity

While the Saint Louis Science Center briefly closed to the public earlier this year, it didn’t mean that science shut down. Behind the scenes (and often from their own homes), the Science Center team of educators and staff continued to deliver exciting connections to science.

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First Friday from Home Continues to Explore the Science in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Look at the schedule for First Friday events on any given year and it’s hard not to be amazed at how varied the themes are. Attending a First Friday is something altogether different, as the energy from those in attendance is impossible to miss.

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GermBusters! A STEAM Performance Suited for a Pandemic

If you had to pick one topic in science that’s on just about everyone’s mind right now, viruses are probably a safe bet. The global SARS-COV-2 pandemic has stretched into more than half of the year and, with no end in sight, remains an area of focus for scientists and doctors around the world. It’s something that John Nahon, Manager of Energy Stage and Earth Sciences at the Saint Louis Science Center, believes the community needs to know more about.

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From Clean Energy to Community: Sustainability and the Giant Picture

Asked what the word sustainability means to her, Maddie pauses for a minute to pull up a quote on her computer. “I want to get this definition right,” she says. “Sustainability means healthy people, communities, and environments, now and in the future.”

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Thanks to you, this year’s Give STL Day was our biggest yet.

All of us at the Science Center are incredibly grateful to the St. Louis community for the support we received for this year’s Give STL Day.

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Behind First Friday: A Conversation with Christina Carlson

When the Science Center was closed to the public in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it gave us a chance to take a deeper look at some of the events and programs our guests have come to love over the past several years.

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Python Games

What happens to education when nearly everyone is told to stay at home amid a global pandemic? It’s a question many are grappling with as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to disrupt the ways we work, live, and learn.

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YES Program: Computer Science Week

What would you do if you had sixty minutes to introduce yourself to the basics of computer programming?

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