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Our Mission and Vision

Mission To inspire a lifelong quest for discovery through educational and interactive science.

Vision To be the premier provider of engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences.

Sci-Quest’s grassroots beginnings set the stage for many exciting developments in a relatively short period of time.


First meeting of concerned citizens lead to plans for the North Alabama Science Center  (NASC) and the formal  incorporation as a 501(c)(3)
A. Eugene Sapp selected as 1st president


Volunteers and Board of Directors begin work on a master plan


Master plan published (updated in 1995)


Calhoun Community College purchases the old Chrysler Electronics plant


NASC board announces the center would locate in the old Chrysler plant warehouse
Horton Webb selected as executive director and Julian Campbell selected as 2nd president


Major capital fund raising campaign launched 


Volunteers renovate parts of Calhoun Community College as a temporary facility


Capital campaign continues


NASC moves into its permanent locations and adopts the name Sci-Quest


Grants from NASA and Appalachian Regional Commission enable Sci-Quest to acquire 120 interactive exhibits
Open to the public

The Immersive Theater opens


Education outreach program begins
2nd grant received from IMLS to improve & expand educational program offerings

Roaming Dome portable planetarium introduced to outreach programming


Sci-Quest attendance exceeds 500,000
Virtual Vortex opens in Immersive Theater (NSF Grant  funded)
New Executive Director named


American Association of Museums (AAM) conducts on-site assessment
Distance learning equipment purchased and installed in Jane K. Lowe classrooms  (Funded by Leadership Connect Class as group project)
Education Programs expanded into Middle School age groups – reaching through 9th grade students


Early Childhood program developed reaching kids from 2 – 5 years of age (Sprouting Scientists)
Robotics Program initiated for middle school students
Outreach programs expanded to reach a 23 county area throughout North Alabama and South Central Tennessee
Initiated Career Quest and Expanding Your Horizons Programs
Sci-Quest attendance reaches 100,000 for the year for the first time in history
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama opens a new exhibit highlighting the motors they make in the Tennessee Valley


In house and outreach education programs continue to expand
High school programs introduced reaching through 12th grade students.  Focus areas for HS include Robotics, computer programming and modeling and simulation
New exhibits open to the public including “Cells; Life in a Pond” sponsored by Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology; “Alternative Energy Sources” sponsored by The Tennessee Valley Authority; “The Weather Station” sponsored by WHNT News 19


Sci-Quest receives 12-month notice to vacate
Sci-Quest plans it’s new location in Madison


Sci-Quest closes to the public on Nov. 30 to move to a new location in Huntsville


Sci-Quest reopens to the public in a new location at 1435 Paramount Drive in Huntsville