Support Make@SCI

The Science Center of Iowa has been selected by the Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) as a 2014 Maker Corps site. With support from this national organization, SCI will embark on a summer of making branded Make@SCI beginning May 24, 2014, and culminating with a Makers Faire to be held on September 1, 2014. Learn more about Make@SCI


Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you an innovator, an inventor, a creator or a tinkerer? Make@SCI sponsorships are available at a variety of levels! View Sponsorship Package

When you are ready to make things happen by partnering with Make@SCI, call Leisha Barcus at 515-245-4005 or email


Why Making Matters

Making through prototyping, testing, experimenting, inventing and innovating is sparking new interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It’s helping promote values like creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and self-expression -- all skills necessary to fill jobs in the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Making is preparing young people for STEM careers by getting them to participate in the process and perceive themselves as makers.

Encouraging a "Makers Movement" in Iowa can reap significant economic benefits. According to Iowa Workforce Development, a highly-skilled workforce that has the opportunity to create ground-breaking new processes is essential to the future of manufacturing in our country.

Iowa remains one of the nation’s top states for manufacturing with employees in advanced manufacturing jobs earning an annual average wage of $52,983. Iowa is proud to be on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing, and by engaging a new generation of students with STEM skills, SCI can support its efforts.

Making is also attracting the interest of educators concerned about students’ disengagement from STEM subjects in formal educational settings. It is seen as having the potential to contribute to a more participatory approach and create new pathways into topics that will make them more alive and relevant to students.

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