Pacific Science Center
Inspiring a lifelong interest in science, math and technology.
With good reason, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is making headlines. STEM jobs are growing at three times the ratefootnote 1 of others, and business owners frequently report that they can’t find enough qualified workers to fill necessary positions. Since STEM positions are projected to grow 17 percent from 2008 to 2018 - compared with 9.8 percent for other jobsfootnote 1 - addressing this problem is more urgent than ever.
To address this critical lack of STEM learning programs, Pacific Science Center has created a program that brings STEM skills to Seattle neighborhoods. JPMorgan Chase Foundation has contributed $750,000 over 5 years to support Pacific Science Center programs, including the Science Center’s STEM Out-of-School-Time, which sends teams of high school interns and Science Center educators into underserved communities to inspire students to pursue STEM learning.
The program is tied to JPMorgan Chase’s long-term commitment to directing resources to developing workforce skills in local communities across the US. “It’s a challenge to be able to make our programs as accessible as we would like to, particularly to underserved and under-represented communities, and we can only do it with philanthropic support,” says Ann McMahon, Ph.D., Pacific Science Center’s Vice President of Science and Education. “JPMorgan Chase has been a leader in ensuring our programs are available to those who otherwise might not be able to participate.”
As one of the country’s leading science museums, Pacific Science Center delivers innovative interactive learning experiences to more than one million guests each yearfootnote 3. Its exhibits are noted for being memorable, and it’s easy to see why: people remember things better when they learn by doing—when they can feel, hear and touch the exhibitsfootnote 2. The Center's outreach initiatives serve more than 200,000 individuals spanning over 39 counties and four states, making it one of the top outreach organizations in the Pacific Northwestfootnote 3.