Science Center of Iowa


Mission: The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. Our goal is to be a quality community resource for informal science learning where children, families, school groups and individuals come to explore science and technology.

Location: Des Moines (47.3 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Support exhibits, answer wayfinding questions, engage visitors with hands-on activities, tidy exhibit spaces.


Volunteers:  needed for on-going service

When is service needed: Year-round, but Spring and Summer are the busiest times/times of most need.

Number of hours: 3 to 5 hours/week

Modality: in-person only


Prerequisites: 1 hour virtual policies and procedures training & a three hour on-site training.

Background check required: yes

Equipment/logistics needed: A bottle of water is suggested.


Training supplied: 1 hour virtual policies and procedures training & a three hour on-site training.

Equipment or logistics supplied: We provide a volunteer vest.


How to apply: Apply at the website:

Contact: Kayleen Leetch, 515.274.6868,


Operation information: Centrally located in Downtown Des Moines, SCI’s hands-on exhibits, special-format theaters and unique programming attract Iowans and distant visitors. Through daily visitors, a statewide educational outreach program and the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, the Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people annually. SCI programming reaches every county in the state of Iowa, promotes cultural awareness and provides unique experiences for Iowans. The broad range of available opportunities — from Science @ Your Site, which offers a variety of assemblies and demonstrations at schools, libraries and festivals, to professional development training that advance STEM literacy and bring innovative activities to educators statewide — speaks to the many roles SCI plays for the community and is the foundation upon which SCI has built a successful organization.

Address: 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, IA 50309

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