Gateway to Science has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. The time has come for a new, stand-alone science center to serve visitors of all ages from across the region and to anchor Gateway to Science’s statewide outreach programs.
The current facility includes 3,200 square feet of exhibit area, no classrooms, limited capabilities, and aging infrastructure. Phase 1 of the new science center will have 13,700 square feet of gallery space, or 5 1/2 times more room for exhibits.
The proposed facility will house an expanded, interactive exhibit gallery, which will tell the story of innovation and opportunity in North Dakota with exhibits on energy, agriculture, health care, transportation, and more. The facility will also feature a fully-equipped laboratory, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and a flexible maker space.
Our visionary, multi-phase project will provide a much-needed hub for hands-on STEM experiences and will stand as a legacy for generations to show our commitment to education and innovation. Investing in Gateway to Science is investing in North Dakota’s future.
The current Gateway to Science gallery space is 2,500 square feet. Phase 1 of the new science center will have 13,700 square feet of gallery space, or 5 1/2 times more room for exhibits. The new building will also have science classrooms and labs, an outdoor learning environment, preschool area, and public meeting spaces.
“Gateway to Science is more than just a museum in the traditional sense. We provide a hands-on, interactive experience that gives people of all ages a chance to try new and exciting things immersed in science, math and technology that could open their eyes to a career path they may have not considered. For 25 years, Gateway to Science has been igniting a passion for STEM in students of all ages. An expanded science center will allow us to reach more students with hands-on STEM experiences to help them prepare for their future careers.” ~~ Beth Demke, Executive Director, Gateway to Science