Annual Fundraising Event & Auction

Support Lifelong Learning — Support SCI!

Join us for a late-summer event in support of the Science Center of Iowa's mission - to engage and inspire Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Proceeds support opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning through interactive exhibits, live programming, IMAX films, special events, workshops and camps at SCI each year.

SCI's Big Blast

Friday, August 24, 2018
6:30-11:30 pm

It's the event you know and love... with a new name! "SCI's Big Blast" reflects our commitment to lifelong science learning and better conveys the spirit of our end-of-summer celebration. This year's event will be a blast - both figuratively and scientifically. Stay tuned for details!

Event Tickets
$125 per person; $225 for two until July 31
$150 per person; $275 for two after August 1

Get Tickets

Funds raised support SCI's mission - to engage and inspire Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mollie Giller at 515-274-6868 ext. 252 or by email at mollie.giller@sciowa.org.

Event Details

Live & Silent Auction
The live and silent auctions will feature hundreds of packages. Check back for updates!

Cuisine & Cocktails
Premier event caterers – Christiani’s VIP Catering & Events, Great Caterers of Iowa and Hy-Vee on Euclid – will prepare cuisine featuring unique ingredients and techniques, while SCI’s Food Chain Café will create signature cocktails that combine creativity and chemistry.

Music & Entertainment
Live entertainment will be provided by Marc Bailey and DJ Cosmo, and SCI’s exhibits will be open for after-hours exploration.

Contact SCI's Development Team at development@sciowa.org or 515-274-6868 ext. 223.




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