2020 Strategic Vision

From the early 1980’s when we opened as a pilot-science center in a downtown storefront, a vision of the Junior League of Phoenix, to today, we have been inspiring, educating and engaging curious minds through science.

Here is a snapshot of our annual impact.

Our strong history of results and impact have positioned the Center to build on our existing strengths as the state’s leading provider of interactive exhibits, STEM education programs and K-12 educator support. Couple this with the strong financial position and a reputation for excellence, and Arizona Science Center is poised for significant innovation and growth over the coming years.

A core value at Arizona Science Center is our commitment to lifelong learning. We model this value in both the public programs available to our community and with our commitment to staff professional and personal development. It is no surprise that this value also translates into our institutional growth plans. We seek to learn from every challenge and success and incorporate that learning into our future growth. Listening is a key component of this quest for knowledge.

To that end, we have devoted time and resources in recent months collecting input from various audiences in our community, including, trustees, staff, volunteers, members, visitors, community leaders, and science center peers. The goal was to learn what our constituents need from us. What role are we filling in their lives? What are we delivering on and what are we missing? Who is the audience of the future? How can we remain as valuable today as that day in 1980 when the Junior League of Phoenix dreamed of opening a science center for our community?

In order to map our course, staff leadership with the approval of the board, developed a 2020 Strategic Vision (2015–2020) that sets a bold course for the institution to become a global leader in engaging science experiences in order to foster a community where people value science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a way to inform decision-making and enrich lives.  

We are poised to be a solution by priming a talented workforce that seeks higher education and encourages innovation and inventors.