About The Science Center

We inspire curious thinkers to discover the wonders of science and technology

The Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit science and technology center. We are dedicated to delivering innovative, dynamic learning experiences that piques the curiosity of young minds, while laying a foundation for relevance of STEM to their future career options.

Located on seven acres in west St. Petersburg, our 28,000 square foot space features a planetarium, observatory, and a 600-gallon marine touch tank. Through real-world applications we expose people of all ages to the possibilities of science and technology to create a better future.

For young science enthusiasts, the Science Center provides hands on classroom activities and educational camps that explore our environment, robotics and outer space!

For adults, we offer employability skills programs for occupations in high demand and workshops to expand career development in a professional learning environment.

In addition to providing valuable scientific and high tech experiences, the Science Center supports local businesses and industry with current workforce needs assessments, customized training and solutions for growth. Through the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMCI), a network for research and information sharing, we are collaborating with other STEM educators and industry partners on emerging trends and technologies.

The Science Center is in the midst of a transformation that will enable us to expand the STEM education and career development offerings in Pinellas County. As we embark on this next chapter, our commitment to providing innovative STEM education continues.

A special thank you to the countless volunteers, dedicated leadership, generous donors, and customers who contribute to the success of the Science Center.

History Timeline

  • 1959 - The Science Center is founded.
  • 1961 - Cooperative Classroom Extension Program (CEP) begins with Pinellas County Schools.
  • 1966 - Completion of present main building.
  • 1971 - The Discovery Center is built. This building houses our planetarium.
  • 1995 - Mobile Outreach expands to include adults and "at risk" children.
  • 1997 - The Carol Samuels Observatory opened.
  • 2000 - Margaret Ewell Dickins Marine Room opens featuring a 600-gallon touch tank.
  • 2003 - The Spirit of Columbia Planetarium opened.
  • 2006 - Dedication of the Environmental Learning Exhibit (wetlands, nature trail and White Gardens).
  • 2010 - First Cyber Security Certification program for high school students was offered.
  • 2014 - CareerSource Pinellas acquired the Science Center.
  • 2015 - Pre-Vocational Training was established.
  • 2016 - 3D Digital Fabrication training begins.
  • 2017 - Mechatronics / Robotics training introduced.