Mission and Goals
SCI's mission is to be the highest quality resource inspiring scientific exploration through interactive education, exhibits, and programs. Our goal is to be a quality community resource for informal science learning where children, families, school groups and individuals come to explore science and technology. As a fully accredited museum, SCI has reached the highest level of national recognition.
SCI programming reaches every county in the state of Iowa, promotes cultural awareness, and provides unique experiences to Iowans. The broad range of available opportunities speaks to the many roles SCI plays for the community, for both education and fun, and is the foundation upon which SCI has built a successful organization.
SCI's hands-on exhibits, special-format theaters and other unique facilities attract Iowans and distant visitors. SCI also supports the larger interests of the Des Moines metro area by being a significant place for community gatherings and maintaining collaborative partnerships with neighborhoods, cultural groups, Iowa businesses, the educational system, sponsoring investors, and others who share the mission of developing skills and encouraging cultural exchange.