The Village of Homewood strived to bring a science center to our community since 2010. Village leaders wanted to create a STEM-based science center designed for people of all ages, encourage intergenerational and lifelong learning, stimulate curiosity, and inspire people to make science and technology a greater part of their lives.
In December 2014 the Village purchased a building across the street from the Village Hall in the heart of its downtown to serve as the location for the science center. In February 2015 the Village engaged the Exploratorium out of San Francisco to conduct community workshops and develop a concept and business plan to help guide the development of a science center. Workshops were held in April and the plan was completed in November 2015. The Village moved quickly to form a nine member Board of Directors made up of community members with experience in education, science, business, finance and management. The Board of Directors organized as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and hired an Executive Director in March 2016.
Village leaders have the wisdom and foresight to recognize that a community-focused science center will be a key element in their vision for a vibrant downtown that offers educational, social and cultural experiences. To achieve this vision the Village has invested over $850,000 toward creating a science center and has committed to funding the Executive Director position for three years. Residents, businesses, children and other community members have shown they too realize the value of a science center by volunteering hundreds of hours to serve on committees, build exhibits and interactive learning activities, coordinate and staff PopUp SCIENCE events and by giving monetary and in-kind donations.
Homewood Science Center inspires scientific wonder, learning, and pursuit.
PopUp SCIENCE is a free program presented 1-2 times a month at Homewood Science Center. It is a community-based and community-led program attracting individuals and families to hands-on STEM learning from all over the South Suburbs. Local experts and enthusiasts guide families and individuals in exploring and connecting with a range of diverse topics in science.
No registration required. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours!
South Suburban STEAM Network
South Suburban STEAM Network was created to convene, connect and celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) champions. Activities include events, professional development courses, a STEAM Network directory, marketing and funding assistance. There is power in numbers. We strive to make the South Suburbs STEAM strong.