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RSC volunteers at Rockville Science Day

Our Story

Rockville Science Center's Roots

The history of the Rockville Science Center begins with the 1989 establishment of the Rockville Consortium for Science. The Consortium's creation was driven by a group of science and tech professionals living in Rockville who were interested in providing more science education opportunities to the city’s residents. From its earliest inception, the mission of the consortium was to:
•    Increase science literacy in the general public
•    Encourage young people to develop and maintain their

      natural interest in science
•    Help people understand the scientific principles underlying

     environmental concerns, technological development & global systems
•    Establish a science center that will serve as an educational resource

     for the public

As a foundational goal of the Consortium, the vision of the Science Center is now 30 years old. Our earliest detailed proposal can be traced back to the start of the 21st century in the year 2000. That year, the Consortium presented its first proposal for the creation of a Science Center.

The progress on planning the Science Center continued through the 2000s and by the year 2006, the consortium had published an almost 100 page report outlining the feasibility of establishing a science center in Rockville complete with analysis of our community, comparisons and inspirations from other science centers around the country, and funding projections during our inception.

Through goodwill from the county and community support, the Rockville Science Center was incorporated in 2009. Supported by the City of Rockville and our parent consortium, we began our journey. Although the consortium no longer exists, we remain as a testament and torch bearer to their hard work and vision for science education in the City of Rockville. Since then, we have been a growing staple in the Rockville Community, our flagship event of the year, Rockville Science Day sees more than 3,000 visitors and 90 exhibitors engage in science education interaction each year in April. We have served hundreds of lifelong learners through our regular seminar series, Science Tuesdays and Science Cafe, and have inspired multitudes of children and teens to pursue the sciences as a profession. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Rockville Science Center

is to inspire a passion for lifelong exploration

of science for our diverse community.

Through our programs, and our interactive

science center, we work to cultivate

a sense of inquiry, discovery, wonder

and understanding of the scientific foundations of everyday life.

Living Into Our Mission

The Rockville Science Center strives to continue the Consortium's vision by sustaining a vibrant facility that offers people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore the wonders of science and connect with the scientific community in our region.

Through this facility, we:

  • Promote science literacy through exhibits, demonstrations and special events.

  • Encourage visitors to become lifelong learners.

  • Stimulate the next generation of scientists to satisfy a growing local and global demand for their skills and knowledge.

  • Involve and motivate the public to value the benefits of science.

  • Provide an array of cultural and educational experiences that will make the area an even more desirable place to live, work and learn.

  • Inform the public of the diversity of nature and applied science within commuting distance of Rockville, MD.

  • Apply science to the local economy.

Please Support the Rockville Science Center

The Rockville Science Center is sustained by the support of the region’s citizens as well as its business, educational and scientific communities. To help the Rockville Science Center continue our work in our community, please donate today!



If you prefer to write a check, please send your tax-deductible donation to:

Rockville Science Center, PO Box 1084, Rockville, MD 20849.

For more information call 240-FUN-8111 (240-386-8111) or

Family enjoys Rockville Science Day
Teens compete with their robots

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