Carnegie Museums Announces the Public Launch of SPARK!
The $34.5 million campaign will more than double the Science Center’s educational space, expand its transformational STEM programming, and grow its regional impact.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has announced the public launch of SPARK! A Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, which has already raised 77 percent of its $34.5 million goal. To date, the campaign has raised $26.5 million to expand the Science Center’s acclaimed science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming and build a three-story Science Pavilion that will house a suite of STEM Learning Labs and a Special Exhibitions Gallery for large-scale changing exhibitions. Already the region’s most visited museum with more than 500,000 annual visitors, the Science Center is also re-energizing current exhibits and creating new visitor experiences as part of the SPARK! Campaign.
“It only takes one spark to change a child’s life, and those kinds of transformational moments happen every day at Carnegie Science Center,” said Jo Ellen Parker, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “Our SPARK! Campaign, first and foremost, celebrates and supports the Science Center’s leadership role in delivering educational programs that empower young people to be the innovators and technology professionals of tomorrow.”
“We are thrilled to be so close to achieving our goal of creating the next-generation Science Center,” said Ron Baillie, The Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We exist to inspire and engage young people in the wonder and opportunity of science, but we had reached capacity with our current resources. The SPARK! Campaign will help us expand our reach and strengthen our mission.” Last year, the Science Center reached 170,000 students and teachers through in-school education outreach, and more than 90,000 students participated in the Science Center’s STEM education and career exploration programs.