Evolution

About-Us

Fact Sheet

Facility:

  • Opened November 5, 1995 in the historic, iconic former City Light and Power Plant, built in 1929
  • Original renovations and exhibits cost $9 million
  • 70,000 square foot building
  • 35,000-square feet of exhibit space, temporary exhibition area, three classrooms, demonstration theater, gift store, exhibits repair shop and offices
  • Green technology, including energy-efficient lighting and HVAC system
  • Completed a $1.5 million capital campaign in 2013, the first expansion since opening
  • Installed night lighting on the smokestacks

Budget:

  • Approximately $1.7 million per year
  • In 2016, about 75% of the operating budget came from earned revenue and 25% from unearned
  • Receive no annual government funds for general operations, unlike 87% of U.S. science centers
  • Debt-free; long term liabilities paid off in 2012
  • Net Assets of about $5 million

Visitors:

  • About 2.5 million people, including on-site and outreach visitation, have been served since 1995
  • Annual measureable impact of 145,000+ people
  • 59% of general public visitors and 67% of school group visitors are from outside Allen County
  • Visitors come from around the Midwest
  • Off-site/outreach programs travel to three states and 22 Indiana counties
  • Over 645,000 people have been served through outreach programs since opening
  • Approximately 2,000 annual Memberships

Distinctions:

  • The only science center in the region; most-visited Fort Wayne museum
  • Offer physical, natural, applied science activities
  • Indiana’s first museum-based NOAA’s Science On a Sphere exhibit
  • The only regional Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), Engineering Is Elementary (EiE), and Portal To the Public (PoP) site
  • Partnerships with museums, universities, school districts, radio and television stations, after-school, libraries and government agencies
  • On-site host of Indiana University-Purdue University NISTEM Program
  • Staff serves on regional, state and national STEM-related committees

Programs:

  • Educational programs include student study trips, demonstrations, labs, outreach, birthday parties, science camps, teacher training, scout programs, overnights, public lecture series, student competitions, adult programs, themed festivals
  • 4,600 in-service teachers and 2,800 pre-service teachers have received specialized training
  • All school programs correlate to Indiana’s State Standards for Science
  • Featured in weekly radio and television segments hosted by the Executive Director
  • Interactive Video Conferencing to schools nationally and internationally

Economic Impact:

  • Premier regional, cultural institution to improve the quality of life for residents, attract and retain new businesses and residents, and contribute to the educational development of the region’s future employees
  • Out-of-town visitors annually contribute approximately $1 million to the local economy
  • Provide jobs to 70+ people