FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Science Central is celebrating 20 years in November and to commemorate the anniversary, it’s offering free admission for two hours along with a celebration.
Science Central got its start in 1987, when a group of teachers and community leaders recognized the need for hands-on science education. They began with off-site outreach programs and activities, visiting schools and community centers. Community leaders recognized the need for a building that offered exhibits and programs. After searching for a building, leaders found a former 1929 power plant, called City, Light & Power. After fundraising, exhibit development, fabrication and installation, Science Central, originally known as Science Collective of Northeast Indiana, Inc., opened in 1995. 20 years later, Science Central serves more than 140,000 visitors yearly and nearly two million since opening.
“A building of true science and technological history, now, tell me that a power plant that provided power for Fort Wayne from 1929 until 1975 doesn’t fit the built, two thumbs up,” Martin Fisher, Executive Director of Science Central said.
On Science Central’s birthday, November 5, visitors can get in for no charge 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Lights will be placed on the building’s smoke stacks at 6 p.m. Science Central is hosting its annual gala with a mixology theme for adults only the following day on Friday, November 6.
In honor of November’s birthday celebration, Fisher demonstrated the science of sound with champagne glasses on First News Sunday.
Science Central is located at 1950 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne. It’s open Wednesday-Sunday.
For tickets and more information, visit Science Central’s website.