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.


As of the fall of 2014, 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.

Screenshot 2014-06-09 11.27.30Groundbreaking will kick off an 18-month construction period, with plans to open in 2016. 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!

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