Powerhouse Science Center

Powerhouse Science Center is a children and family-focused educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of visitors of all ages by introducing and encouraging the exploration of science and space. We have a commitment to providing hands-on learning experiences to demonstrate scientific principles and offer an emphasis on career choices within the science and health communities.

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Address:3615 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95821
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Arts,Culture & Humanities 
Sub NTEE:Science & Technology Museums 
Executive Director:Harry Laswell
Contact Email:mjensen@PowerhouseSC.org
Primary Phone:916-808-3942
- Established in 1951 as the Sacramento Junior Museum.
- Moved to current quarters on Auburn Avenue in 1976 as Sacramento Science Center.
- Joined with history museum in 1985 officially as Sacramento Museum of History, Science & Technology, but known as Discovery Museum Science & Space Center with the addition of the Challenger Learning Center in 1989.
- In 2004, began planning for next transformation to the Powerhouse Science Center in downtown Sacramento; amicable split with History Museum in 2007.
- Serving 80,000 visitors per year from 17 California counties, including more than 50,000 schoolchildren.
- Now, due to the demands of a community eager to learn about new science technologies and methodologies, the Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus has outgrown its current facility, and over the next two years, will transition to a new facility, the historic PG&E Power Station on the Sacramento River. Visitor volume is expected to increase to approximately 250,000 annual visitors due to freeway and public transit access, proximity to other tourist destinations, and larger, more appropriately configured facilities.
In an effort to reach deeply into our undeserved communities to bring STEM experiences to all, we are growing our "Outreach Initiative" which includes, acquiring a new vehicle and increasing staff hours, for which we are seeking $50,000. We are also launching a "Teen Explainer" program to encourage high school kids in the Dos Rios/San Juan school districts to become science docents at the science center, we are seeking $10,000 for this program. Powerhouse is establishing a "Design Lab" focused on design thinking, we will be offering tech based programming and camps including robotics and 'maker' activities, we are seeking $10,000.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Outreach Initiative: funding needed for vehicle and increased staffing needs
  2. Funding: Program - Teen Explainer: resources to launch new program
  3. Funding: Program - Design Lab: resources/materials/space to launch new program
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Capacity building
  5. Technology - Improved wi-fi capabilities and computers
Powerhouse Science Center provides vitally needed, STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) education in the form of hands on experiences to supplement the lack of funding in the school system to provide this type of quality science learning. These education experiences are enjoyed by students in over 20 counties in the California Capital Region and the programs are offered to all schools (with scholarships when available) to ensure that every child in the region has an opportunity to learn STEM.