Immediately upon founding in 2001 as the Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration, a core team of supporters embarked on an extensive planning process to create a new educational destination at Hartford’s Adriaen’s Landing economic development initiative.
In December 2003, a Board of Trustees was established, staff hired and significant state funding was authorized to formally begin the work of building the Connecticut Science Center. Fundraising began in 2003 and a master plan was adopted in 2004. The massive construction project began in January 2006 and was completed in June 2009, when it opened to the public. Thanks to hundreds of supporters, the Science Center successfully completed a $165 million capital campaign, with an unprecedented private commitment of over $40 million.
The Connecticut Science Center represents a bold new step to help reassert Connecticut’s role as a leader in research, discovery and invention. With the urgency of international competition for science and technology talent, as well as the imminent demand for Connecticut’s schools to meet new science education standards, the Connecticut Science Center is a vital new resource at a critical time.
The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science.
We strive to create an engaging and sustainable science center that serves families and schools and has a significant impact on student and adult learning in Connecticut. We seek to develop the minds of future thinkers and inventors who will compete in the ever-expanding global marketplace for technology and innovation. And we endeavor to create a Connecticut workforce that meets the projected growth of jobs in science-related fields.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Vision Statement
The Connecticut Science Center is an influential and exemplary leader in creating equitable engagement and access to STEM learning opportunities and STEM careers. We realize this vision with the proficiency and experience of our diverse team, supported by research and insight from our community and partners within the STEM Ecosystem. We share the advantages that STEM affords to individuals and communities as beneficiaries.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
The Connecticut Science Center inspires lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. Like our planet and our universe, our region is rich in diversity, and we embrace those differences through our governance, in our organization, and in our work and among those we serve. We recognize that science, innovation and technological progress rely on and best serve humanity with many perspectives. As our society and economy and way of life become ever more reliant on broad engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we strive to connect people of all backgrounds and orientation with STEM.
We respect and value the scope of human diversity in its many dimensions. We strive to be welcoming and responsive to all those who engage with the Connecticut Science Center, and all those with whom we engage and seek to engage. These ideals are to be manifest in the Connecticut Science Center’s mission, vision and strategic focus and planning. They are to be foundational, core attributes of the Science Center’s work and workings, considered routinely as a significant measure of the satisfaction of the Science Center’s purpose throughout its culture, organization and activities.