Powerhouse Science Center, 2012Welcome to the information gateway and support hub for the “Build” project phase of the new Powerhouse Science Center!

Our current Discovery Museum website can connect you with programs and information to plan a visit today, while we work to complete the financing for breaking ground for the new center in the near future.

The Board, staff, and committee volunteers would like to thank the many supporters and companies who have worked tirelessly to help bring the next evolution of the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center to its new home along the River District.


The project is in its last stages of securing funding through capital campaigns and financing partners. We are almost there! You can learn all about the vision and where the center will be built along the Sacramento River by visiting The Vision and Project Profile pages here at this website.

Groundbreaking will kick off an 18-month construction period. Once completed, Powerhouse will serve an estimated 320,000 visitors annually with a wide variety of exhibits, programs, outreach, and teacher professional growth opportunities.

Subscribe to this website to stay in touch with latest development and explore the latest news while you’re here. In the meantime, our staff continues to serve thousands every month at the Discovery Museum.

Thank you for your continued passion for the vision of the Powerhouse Science Center! Find out more about how you can help!

New Book Celebrates the History of Sacramento’s Moon Rockets

Cover&DescGraphicSacramento’s Moon Rockets is the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s newest series Images of Modern America. The book by author Alan Lawrie, is set to release on August 3, 2015.

On July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo spacecraft carrying American astronauts to the surface of the moon, where Neil Armstrong would take his famous first steps and fulfill Pres. John F. Kennedy’s goal of a successful lunar landing by the end of the decade. This event marks one of the greatest achievements in human history and is in large part due to the years of rocket testing that took place at the Douglas Aircraft Company’s Sacramento testing facility (SACTO). The SACTO facility played one of the most important roles in the success of the Apollo 11 lunar mission and is where the Saturn rocket’s S-IVB stage was developed and tested—making this historic accomplishment possible.

Highlights of Sacramento’s Moon Rockets include:

  • Tells the story of how the workers of Sacramento helped get the Apollo astronauts to the moon
  • High quality color photographs in the book bring to life the almost forgotten achievements of the SACTO workers of Sacramento in the 1960s
  • All author proceeds are being donated to the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center in Sacramento

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or online.

The STEM Classic–A Great Success!

The inaugural “STEM Classic” Golf Tournament was held on June 15 at the beautiful Rancho Murieta Country Club. Golfers started the day with a buffet lunch on the Clubhouse Terrace Patio overlooking the chipping hole and putting green. The “scramble” format tournament began with a 1:00PM shotgun start. The weather was mild with little more than a light breeze—perfect for a day of golfing in June!

On the course, in addition to the excellent conditions, golfers enjoyed delicious beef kabob snacks provided by ASR Restaurant & Lounge on the fourth hole and refreshing beverages at Hoppy Brewing Company’s beer stations on the first and eighth holes. MassMutual Northern California entertained players with a mini “chipping” contest on hole fourteen while the Powerhouse Science Center “educated” all who passed the seventeenth hole with fun science-based activities, including a solar telescope.

The tournament ended with the first teams coming in around 5:45PM and the final teams finishing by 6:15. A no-host cocktail reception with silent auction ran from 5:30 to 6:00PM and a buffet dinner was served at 6:00. Golfers reported that they enjoyed the activities on the course and the tournament pace and flow were just right. They also raved about the excellent food prepared by the chef at Rancho Murieta Country Club! Our winning foursome was sponsored by Snyder Commercial Real Estate and included Peter Dannenfelser, Frank Geremia, Jon Snyder, and Wes Yee. Congratulations guys!

The STEM Classic is a fundraiser to benefit the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center and we’re thrilled to report that is was a grand success! We sold out sponsorships and individual player spots, raising nearly $28,000 for current operations. A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors (see the full list), the players, and the good folks at Rancho Murieta Country Club who went above and beyond to make the STEM Classic a great day for all!

See the photos on our FaceBook page!

Dinner With a Scientist

On May 5, middle and high-school students throughout the Sacramento region joined 22 professional scientists to learn what being a scientist is all about. They handled exotic insects, observed a ground water demonstration, conducted science experiments—and more!

Teams of students and their science teachers from 26 different schools —16 unique districts—met for a catered dinner at the Twin Rivers School District offices. They learned that most of the scientists had challenges to overcome to reach their career goals, but once having achieved their educations they discovered that working in a science field is a lot of fun!

Dinner With a Scientist is a cooperative project between the Sacramento Area Science Project (UC Davis), Twin Rivers Unified School District, and the Powerhouse Science Center. The objective is to encourage area students to consider careers in science by visiting with science professionals, learning about their occupations and research, and hearing how each reached their career goals. The evening was sponsored by PG&E, IBM, Intel, Twin Rivers Unified School District, and UC Davis School of Education.

View a slideshow of photos from the event!

Powerhouse Science Center Looks to Tech Companies for Ideas, Support

March 26, 2015 – Techwire.net reports, “There will be a digital planetarium housed inside a giant dome. There will be a Challenger Learning Center that simulates a mission to Mars. And there will be dozens of interactive exhibits exploring everything from biotech to water conservation.

“All of these features are slated to be part of the Powerhouse Science Center, expected to break ground later this year along the Sacramento River. And all of these features will engage the center’s projected 320,000 annual visitors through technology.”

Read the full article by Brooke Edwards Staggs

Northrop Grumman Corporation Commits Support to STEM Education Center in California

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is proud to support northern California’s Powerhouse Science Center with a $50,000 development contribution. In collaboration with the center, Northrop Grumman seeks to spark great ideas into the minds of tomorrow’s engineers and scientists.

“As a partner in local California communities, Northrop Grumman strongly believes in promoting experiential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education initiatives,” said Joe Pacheco, director, RQ-4 Global Hawk mission and warfighter, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems . “We strive to have a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.”

Supporting STEM education programs and enhancing and expanding the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally is one way Northrop Grumman helps to ensure the development of future technical talent. Other programs in the region include National Engineers Week STEM Grants, DiscoverE, Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement (TEAACH), Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars and the High School Involvement Partnership (HIP). Additionally, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation contribute millions of dollars to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), Conservation International (ECO Classroom), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

STEM Classic Golf Tournament



Visit the event page for more information

Visit the event page for more information

Visit the event page for full details about this June 15, 2015 addition to our operational fundraising calendar: the new STEM Classic golf tournament. Just announced! Seeking sponsors and players for this event that helps support our current operating programs at the Discovery Museum. 

Welcome Sue Stickel, New Board Member

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Welcome, Sue Stickel, helping us stay connected to SCOE!

Please join the Powerhouse Science Center Board of Director’s and team in welcoming Sue Stickel as a new member to our board. Ms. Stickel is the Deputy Superintendent of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Previously she served the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Intervention. She also has served as Director III of Curriculum, Instruction and Intervention services within the County Office. In addition, Ms. Stickel previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the California Department of Education and brings a wealth of experience and perspective to our efforts.


Powerhouse Close to First Shovel

Nov 11, 2014 – The Sacramento Business Journal reports, “Sacramento’s City Council on Thursday is expected to approve a hearing to allow the Powerhouse Science Center to issue bonds, which along with an approval by Sacramento County in a few weeks will allow the $89 million project to begin construction by the end of the year.” To read the full article by Mark Anderson, follow the link. 

Mike Simpson’s KFBK also today (November 12, 2014) said, Michele Wong, board chair of the Powerhouse Science Center is, “”…crossing (her) fingers, but very optimistic that we’re going to get this done quickly.”

Read more: http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/supporters-of-new-science-center-say-12962276/#ixzz3ItnyLbB0