Access to Science Pipeline
Access is at the heart of our mission.
PacSci is committed to enabling access to science and STEM learning for all. The Access to Science Pipeline removes economic barriers and strengthens science education statewide, especially for families and schools with limited resources. Multiple entry points from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade open doors for the Seattle community and beyond.
We believe that all children, regardless of background or circumstance, should have access to interactive science learning. In 2016 we launched the Access Membership program, which serves families receiving public assistance, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care. More than 12,000 individuals receiving public assistance and 850 foster families are now able to access all the Science Center has to offer at little or no cost to them.
Over half of the guests staying at Mary’s Place shelters are children. We provide outlets for youth that reduce the stress and the burden of life in shelter with experiences that remind families of their connection and support in the wider community. Pacific Science Center has actively worked to reduce barriers and welcome in families experiencing homelessness. They have hosted regular group outings from our Kids Club programs, provided full scholarships for PacSci summer camps, and have created a system where families experiencing homelessness can access memberships. – James Flynn, Mary’s Place, Access Partner
A lack of access to summer learning opportunities continues to spread the achievement gap between lower and higher income students in our area. To fight this inequity, full scholarships for Camps for Curious minds are available for our Access Membership program participants. These currently serve over 100 youth each summer.
“Investing in summer science programs does more than just prevent summer learning loss. It gives kids the opportunity to synthesize what they learned in school, and practice applying those STEAM skills in creative ways.”– Janice C., Outreach Education Supervisor
Hands-on, inquiry-based science experiences are critical, but out of reach for many students at schools who cannot afford field trips or dedicated science courses. Subsidized field trips and Science On Wheels visits provide these experiences for students, plus curriculum and instructional support for teachers. The program continues to serve over 164,000 students annually, with 37% coming from Title I schools.
“As educators, we really appreciate the awe that Pacific Science Center generated for both children and adults at our school. Their partnership strengthens our science program, and it builds confidence that we are preparing students for a future that we don’t yet understand.” –Corbin Busby, Hilltop Elementary
PacSci offers high school students valuable scientific skill development, on-the-job training, and a launch pad to college through innovative programs like Discovery Corps and Lake Washington Watershed Internships. Both programs place a particular emphasis on opening doors for young women, racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income students.
“I think that Discovery Corps really was the biggest growth opportunity I had in the last 4 years. It gave me wonderful mentors in my community who support my academic goals and make me feel comfortable in a professional environment . Having that opportunity was so essential to becoming the person I am today.” -Ellie, Discovery Corps Member
We are relentlessly focused on increasing our impact in the community, to uphold our guiding principle of enabling access for people of all abilities — financial, social, cultural, physical, and intellectual. With the Access to Science Pipeline we are investing to serve more people, with greater impact, every day.
A gift in any amount helps increase access to science, will you join us?
- Discovery Corps Alumni Survey Data, 2018 (2008-2013 Graduates)
- Lake Washington Watershed Internship Alumni Survey Data, 2018 (1999-2013 Graduates)
- Discovery Corps Alumni Survey Data, 2017 (2006-2012 Graduates)
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access
Science is for everyone
We believe that curiosity and critical thinking are essential to equity and justice for all. We embrace science as a process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving that helps us better understand our universe and each other. Science has the power to connect people and to develop solutions for the common good.
We commit to our guests, community, and colleagues that we will:
- Use curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation to identify, understand, and reduce inequities and barriers to participation in science.
- Ensure that our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide are accessible to people of all backgrounds, and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities.
- Be a community laboratory and living room that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
- Include diverse experiences and perspectives in our work, particularly the voices of people who have previously been excluded.
- Honor and better reflect the diverse community we serve.
- Learn from our past, tackle current issues, and create an equitable future.
We prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity and access in order to strengthen our organization and our community. We encourage all members of our community to come together, to celebrate science and each other, and to be curious.