Pacific Science Center: 2015 Year In Review

by | Dec 27, 2015

Thanks for sharing a year of fun and discovery with us! Here are highlights from 2015:

  • Thrilled to host Star Wars: The Force Awakens An IMAX 3D Experience, the biggest movie of the year on the biggest screen in the state—along with a Star Wars Invasion of special planetarium shows, Padawan training, make-and-take science projects and lightsaber demos. Our newly renovated Boeing IMAX Theater made WIRED’s list of the “Seven Best Screens in the U.S. to Watch Star Wars.” Experience Star Wars with us through January.
  • We became the first science center and third theater in the world to showcase IMAX’s next-generation 4K laser projection system in our newly renovated Boeing IMAX® Theater, thanks to a major contribution from one of our newest supporters. Sink into comfy red leather seats to experience astonishingly vivid colors on the biggest screen in the state; 12-channel sound immerses you in the action. Our two IMAX theaters ignite curiosity about the world, and the revenues support science education.
  • POMPEII: The Exhibition was a landmark cultural event for our region, welcoming more than 185,000 guests to a magnificent, interactive exploration of a vibrant city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Community and media response to POMPEII, and a companion gallery we created about local volcanology and disaster planning, was exceptional.
  • We welcomed thousands of new guests who rarely have the opportunity to experience our community’s cultural institutions by opening our doors for Exploration For All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance and Google Field Trip Days for students from schools in low-income communities. Thanks to continued support from Safeco Insurance and Google, we’re expanding both programs in 2016!
  • We launched a new education program on our downtown Seattle campus, Proton Preschool, to cultivate scientific curiosity and love of learning in our littlest learners.
  • After an extensive global search involving more than 200 applicants from around the globe, our Board of Directors selected Will Daugherty as the new President and CEO of Pacific Science Center. Daugherty brings to the Science Center more than two decades of leadership experience in Seattle and around the world, serving on several nonprofit boards and as a top executive at McKinsey & Company, Expedia and Amazon. We’re fortunate to have Daugherty’s smart, strategic leadership to develop an innovative vision for the Science Center’s long-term future. His first day is Jan. 4, 2016.

Here’s 2015 by the numbers:

  • We served more than 1.1 million people this year—people of all ages and walks of life, generations of great minds touched by the generous support of our community and Members.
  • More than 937,000 guests joined us under the iconic arches on our Seattle campus
  • Nearly 170,000 people participated in outreach programs including Science On Wheels, Science Cafés, environmental science programming at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, and the Washington State LASER program which works with nearly every school district in the state to improve science curriculum.
  • Nearly 94,000 students and chaperones participated in field trips.
  • A record-breaking 5,133 students joined our science-themed camps.
  • More than 20,000 guests tackled new, hands-on design challenges in our popular Tinker Tank maker space.
  • More than 1,000 local scientists shared current research with more than 50,000 people through our Portal to the Public initiative.
  • 86 teens built leadership skills and STEM literacy through Discovery Corps and Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program, our award-winning career ladders.
  • Our science vans crisscrossed the state, delivering hands-on science education and a new computer science curriculum to more than 147,000 people, including many with limited access to STEM resources.
  • We are grateful to more than 900 dedicated volunteers who contributed nearly 30,000 hours of dedicated service in support of our mission.

Girl with flowers in her hair using a microscope