Thanks to You, Curiosity Never Closes
Your financial support ensured our mission to ignite curiosity continued – and expanded.
Your Impact by the Numbers
Curiosity at Home
We were determined to use the crisis as a catalyst for innovation. We developed digital service platforms that provided new opportunities to serve the community. In the last year:
virtual visits to Curiosity at Home, each one completely free
youth, families, and teachers explored their curiosity
Virtual Field Trips
Since October 2020, Virtual Field Trips helped address the challenges of remote schooling, supplementing STEM curriculum with content that was easy to schedule, had no geographic barriers, and was loved by students.
Students in Title I Schools
Programs across Washington and the US
Summer 2021 Camps
When the world closed, Camps for Curious Minds helped to fill gaps in childcare through in-person camps and provided highly interactive virtual camps for those families who preferred to keep their kiddos home.
More than 100 unique camp experiences featured a variety of STEAM topics, including engineering, robotics, astronomy, chemistry, anatomy, epidemiology, environmental education, computer science, and more.
Sensory-friendly Camps 24
Girls-focused Camps 13
Total Attendance 3,300
Meeting Students Where They Are
Holly was AMAZING! The program was so well planned. The flow was great. Having the macroinvertebrates at the end was a way to re-engage our younger kids. There were times to move and share. She made kids feel seen and heard. She used the chat and was ok with us unmuting and helping our kids be their best self. She didn’t skip a beat when we would jump in. Holly knocked it out of the park! Thank you so much!
Meeting Students Where They Are
Loved Fatima, our instructor. She was engaging, accepting, knowledgeable, knew how to keep the pace of the program going, skilled using the technology. The program itself was educational, fun, and held a wide variety of activities by using models, taking us to the pond, investigating the pond water, and fielding questions and comments. I LOVED it and so did our students.
“As a single mom who is working two jobs to make ends meet, this scholarship has made it possible for my two kiddos to attend PacSci camp. I never would have thought it would be possible, but this summer my kids are so excited to attend!”
from Will Daugherty and Jason Barnwell
We are so grateful for your generosity this past year–a year that highlighted, more than ever, the importance and the impact of PacSci’s work.
In the midst of a global pandemic, you continued to support our mission to serve our community. Thank you.
Through all these challenges, PacSci remained committed to igniting curiosity. When COVID-19 forced us to close our facility for normal guest operations, we ramped up our online and digital offerings to continue supporting educators and families. By year end, we served tens of thousands of fans of all ages with new, free digital education programming on Curiosity at Home.
The innovative new digital programming reflects our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. We helped address the challenges of remote schooling by delivering 759 virtual field trip programs to more than 32,000 students since October 2020. More than half of these students were in low-income Title I schools where we make the programming available at no cost to the schools, students or their families. Feedback on these programs was resoundingly positive. More than two-thirds of the teachers who participated told us they want this programming to continue even after students return to the classroom.
PacSci served our community even as our largest sources of earned revenue fell to near zero. We became almost entirely dependent on philanthropic support to ensure our programs continued to reach the audiences who most need them. Long time and new donors, individuals and institutions all supported our mission throughout the year and allowed us to reach a point when we could focus on our renewal.
We emphasize “renewal” instead of “reopening” because we are committed to evolving as an organization, not to returning to the prior normal. Our renewal includes identifying the best ways to use our facility, creating a high-quality guest experience and ensuring that PacSci is economically sustainable. Throughout this process, we will continue to ask how we can best serve the community.
We look forward to partnering with you to strengthen PacSci’s critical role as a driver of exploration, curiosity and creativity for everyone in our community. Just as science continually evolves, so will we. Thank you for supporting our journey.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PacSci Igniters turn sparks of curiosity into full on flames every day for youth in our community.
With your generosity we are inspiring the next generation of break-through chemists and innovative engineers.
To see the full list of PacSci Igniters, download our Annual Report.