The Science Center is located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore along the banks of the Ohio River, covering four floors in its main building, plus Highmark SportsWorks® in an adjacent building and the USS Requin submarine docked at the river’s edge. It houses a giant screen theater, a planetarium, and hundreds of hands-on science exhibits. Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, the Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life in an array of hands-on exhibits geared toward children and youth but exciting for adults as well.
As one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center not only provides valuable scientific experiences but also engages in outreach programs that serve Pittsburgh’s diverse community. The Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development is a key component of the Science Center’s educational mission, and builds on its previous successes—nationally recognized STEM programs for students, teachers, and parents and successful buy-in from the business/industry and higher education sectors. The mission of Carnegie Science Center’s STEM Center is to increase students’ interest in STEM topics and careers. The Science Center does this by being a leader in creating and delivering high-quality and effective interdisciplinary STEM education through collaboration with community stakeholders and by focusing on the following goals: inspired learners, great teaching, engaged families, and committed community.