Spring 2020
Science Impact - Carnegie Science Center
A biannual update on Carnegie Science Center's impact on the community

In this issue, we look at how the Science Center has ramped up digital efforts and online educational resources in the age of social distancing, as well as review recent programs that have had regional and national impact. Read more in this letter from Jason Brown, Henry Buhl, Jr., Director. opens in a new window

Mobile Fab Lab vans

Science Center teams up with Texas museum to develop their own Mobile Fab Lab

In February, after several months of writing curriculum, securing equipment, and collaborating across state lines, Carnegie Science Center replicated its BNY Mellon Mobile Fab Lab program for the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock, Texas. Read more about Mobile Fab Lab opens in a new window

Program Spotlight

Girls looking at a frog in a glass case

STEM Adventure invites elementary students to explore the world of STEM

In early March, more than 1,200 students in grades 1-5 explored science, technology, engineering, and math in a whole new way with STEM Adventure, a field trip event organized by Carnegie Science Center’s Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development. Read more about STEM Adventure opens in a new window


Miniature Railroad & Village® celebrates 100 years

Miniature Railroad & Village® celebrates 100 years

A new crowdfunding effort will enable us to refresh the gallery in honor of the beloved exhibition’s 100th anniversary. Learn more about the 100th Anniversary Campaign. opens in a new window

A student receiveing an award.

2020 Carnegie Science Award winners announced

Each year, Carnegie Science Center celebrates some of the Pittsburgh region’s most inspiring science and technology innovators with the Carnegie Science Awards. Learn more about this year’s winners. opens in a new window

Grants and Awards

  • A $1,000,000 grant from The Buhl Foundation will help fund renovations to the Buhl Planetarium.
  • The Pierce Family Foundation Inc. granted $1,000,000 for the Buhl Planetarium, a third of which will be put toward establishing a new Buhl Planetarium endowment.
  • Duquesne Light Company is continuing its support with $175,000 towards the Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development.
  • A $300,000 grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset Depot will support accessibility renovations to the main entrance.
  • Green Mountain Energy awarded $100,000 for sponsorship of The Rangos Giant Cinema, Science After Hours (adult programming), and Mummies of the World: The Exhibition.
  • Arconic Foundation donated $100,000 towards the Arconic Foundation School Trip Fund, which offers field trip funding for schools in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc. donated $100,000 toward general operating.
  • A $143,800 grant from PPG Foundation will go toward the development of a Science of Hockey theater show.

Science Center in the News

  • The media often turns to the experts at the Science Center for information about the latest science news and trends, from advice for getting children interested in coding opens in a new window to insight on a possible satellite collision opens in a new window.
  • Earlier this year, three Pittsburgh police officers joined students from Manchester Academic Charter School on a field trip to Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. The visit (covered by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette opens in a new window) was part of an initiative to foster relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
  • Following the reveal of the latest addition to the Miniature Railroad & Village® – the historic downtown Kaufmann Department Store – 90.5 WESA opens in a new window took a look into how the Science Center uses technology to build and enrich the 100-year-old display.
  • Several outlets covered the innovative ways the Science Center is reaching its audience in the age of social distancing, including Pittsburgh Business Times opens in a new window, TribLIVE opens in a new window, and South Pittsburgh Reporter opens in a new window.
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