Impact

Thanks to You, Curiosity Never Closes: Your financial support ensured our mission to ignite curiosity continued – and expanded.

It’s been super exciting in the last couple of years to see the Science Center extend its reach throughout the Puget Sound and build trust with communities, but also extend its reach to help hundreds of thousands of people, teachers, and families across the country. Diana Birkett Rakow, PacSci Board Member + SVP Public Affairs & Sustainability, Alaska Airlines
We’re not just sitting here waiting for those with means, close enough to be able to visit physically. PacSci actually brings the science to the community. We meet people where they are, and we meet their needs. Wei Gao, PacSci Board Member + COO, Hopin
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Virtual visits to our digital collection of Curiosity at Home activities in 2021

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Students reached via Virtual Field Trips in 2021, including 56% from Title 1 Schools across Washington

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Attendees at more than 100 in-person and virtual Camps for Curious Minds in 2021

Thank you to Our Supporters

Dear friends,

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.

Will Daugherty
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jason Barnwell
Chair, Board of Directors

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