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Essential McWane Science CenterLearn more about what drives us every day—the core principles that help us serve communities throughout Alabama.

Our Mission, Vision, & Values

The mission of McWane Science Center is to spark wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science experiences.

Our vision is to excite and inspire inquiry and innovation.

We are driven every day by our values:

  • We value our mission; it serves as the blueprint for our actions, work, and service.
  • We value learning and embrace science.
  • We value being one team; each of us is integral to our success.
  • We value everyone.

McWane Science Center’s Commitments

We express commitment to our values by:

  • Celebrating the joy of imagination and innovation;
  • Choosing to be reliable teammates, trusting and respecting each other;
  • Appreciating our differences and striving to provide exceptional service and support to everyone; and
  • Being patient, friendly, and kind.

Our Educational Purpose

McWane Science Center’s educational purpose is to provide science education experiences that are fun, engaging, inclusive, relevant, evidence-based, social, and conversational. This helps build:

  • science literacy;
  • interest in science;
  • trust in science; and
  • confidence in one’s ability to do and use science.

As a result, more people will use science and scientific reasoning for the benefit of themselves, personally, and their communities, globally.

Our 501(c)(3) Status

McWane Science Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt & charitable organization. As a science and technology museum, we are committed to providing outstanding experiences across the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) spectrum that enhance subject matter literacy, creativity, and critical thinking. Our tax-exempt number is 58-1933712.

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