The Science Factory with Peggy Whalen

the eugene science factory

Peggy Whalen presented about the Science Factory in Eugene, OR. Science Factory's mission is to engage, excite, and inspire children (and adults) toward a lifelong love of learning about science, technology, and humanity. Here are a few notes from her presentation:

  • Peggy worked as executive director at Womenspace and discovered a passion for fundraising.
  • She applied on a whim for the job of Development Director at Science Factory.
  • Switching from serious and heart breaking matters to something fun has been refreshing for Peggy.
  • Science Factory has been around since 1961. It started out as SWOMSI, an off-shoot of OMSI where the Oregon Electric Station is.
  • In the 70s, it moved to Alton Baker Park and changed to WISTEC. The Planetarium was owned and operated by Lane ESD.
  • In 2003, reopened as Science Factory. In 2004, acquired the Planetarium.
  • Only hands on science center in our community.
  • Over 35,000 people through the door.
  • Business Sponsorships are available for businesses (a camp, a planetarium show, or even an exhibition).
  • Science Factory creates 3 exhibitions a year.
  • There is a Fundraising Gala coming up on May 5
  • Peggy has a 15 year old and loves her job!
  • Membership includes access to museums all across the country.
  • Programs are not just for grade school.
  • Science Factory is attempting to connect with 4J through STEM related programs.
  • Connections with University of Oregon are challenging, but they continue to attempt to make headway in collaborating.

Visit Science Factory's website for more information.