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For all media inquiries, please contact:
Amy Gaulke
Public and Media Relations Manager
(607) 272-0600 ×114


Sciencenter Capital Campaign Surpasses Goal by 7%
“Curious. Confident. Inspired.” raises $4.1 million for the museum

Ithaca, New York – Today, the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY announced the successful completion of its multi-year capital campaign, “Curious. Confident. Inspired.” Under the leadership of Greg Galvin and Robin Davisson, the Campaign Co-Chairs, and Sciencenter Executive Director, Charlie Trautmann, the Sciencenter raised $4.1 million – 7% over its initial goal of $3.8 million. Campaign funds will support expanded educational programs, the revitalization of museum exhibits, increased access for underserved audiences, and sustainability for the organization through endowment growth.

Since the public launch of the campaign in the summer of 2015, the Sciencenter has enhanced numerous exhibit areas, expanded and developed new educational programs, supported increased efforts to provide access to every part of our community, and undergone facility upgrades. Some of the recently completed Campaign projects include, a new animal room dedicated to the diverse native New York wildlife, an 18-hole science-themed mini-golf course, a revitalized Tidepool Touch Tank in the expanded Ocean Science Gallery, an outdoor playground exclusively for children under 5, and a teen STEM lab, complete with a professional media room. The Sciencenter has also extended educational programming for Head Start teachers and families, and created a Family Learning Area, where Cornell researchers conduct research on early childhood learning. Furthermore, the museum has redoubled efforts to provide access for all through the Museums for All $1 admission program for EBT cardholders, and implemented semi-annual Sensory Hours for children with sensory processing disorder.

”All of us at the Sciencenter are energized every day by the children who can’t get enough of the new exhibits and programs that this campaign has helped us provide our community. We are grateful for the vision of each of our donors in making this investment in youth with us,” said Charlie Trautmann, Director Emeritus of the Sciencenter.

In the months and years to come, Sciencenter guests will see even more additions and enhancements throughout the museum. Still in the works is an expanded Get Fit! exhibit gallery, several interactive exhibits focused on climate, exhibits exploring the science of sound, and more.

“I am in awe of this incredible community and its commitment to empowering our children through science education,” said Sciencenter Executive Director, Dean Briere. “Thanks to the generosity of money, time, and talent of so many devoted individuals, we can look to the future with confidence that the Sciencenter’s impact will continue to grow in Ithaca and around the world.”

Thank you to all of the generous supporters who contributed to making this Campaign a success. For more information about the Campaign, including a complete list of supporters, what’s to come, and photos of completed projects, please visit

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New Exhibition at the Sciencenter Reveals the Inside Story About Toys

ITHACA, New York – Have you ever wondered how twisting the knobs on an Etch A Sketch® creates a picture? Or how those hungry hippos gobble up marbles with the touch of a switch? If so, then you’ll love Toys: The Inside Story, opening January 7 at the Sciencenter.

With different hands-on stations highlighting the five toy components – pulleys, cams, gears, linkages, and circuits – Toys offers hours of exploration for guests of all ages. Experiment with simple and complex pulley systems while trying to draw a picture using a giant Etch A Sketch®, then peek inside the toy to see how it all works! Operate a Hungry Hippo® to see out how linkages create complex movements. Discover what happens when a circuit closes with an inside look at the game Operation®, and take the circuit challenge to try to keep a circuit open as you move a ring along a twisty rod.

Using all of these different components, guests can then create their own toy-like combinations. Set various objects in motion while experimenting with different sizes of gears and see which combination makes the ballerina spin the fastest. Connect moveable pulleys in endless combinations and discover which arrangement allows for the wildest optical illusion. And find out how linkages and cams work together to make Mr. Machine® march.

Toys: The Inside Story opens to the public this weekend, Saturday, January 7, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, January 8, 12 pm – 5 pm. This exhibition is included with regular museum admission. Sunday, January 8 is also Free Sunday at the Sciencenter; admission is free for everyone 12 pm – 5 pm.

Toys: The Inside Story was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, with funding from the National Science Foundation through the TEAMS collaborative.

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In the News :


  • December 12. Tompkins Weekly. ‘Human Origins’ Headline Discovery Trail Weekend
  • December 9. Ithaca Voice. Tompkins Projects Receive $3.2 Million from Economic Development Awards
  • November 17. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Offers Special Programs for Families this Fall
  • October 20. Ithaca Journal. Science Gets Spooky at the Sciencenter
  • Fall 2016. New York Space Grant News. Fall 2016 Newsletter
  • September 20. PR Log. Sciencenter Sustainability Gallery Bears Fruit
  • September 16. Auburn Citizen. Ithaca Sciencenter Launches Movement Exhibit
  • September 6. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Kicks Off Fall with More Science Fun
  • August 23. Ithaca Times. Discover Others: Field Trips Help Students Meet Diverse Community
  • August 11. Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source. Students Make Invention Initiative in Ithaca
  • August 3. Ithaca Journal. New Curiosity Playgrounf at Sciencenter Fosters Learning, Fun
  • August 1. Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Chambergram. Member Profile: Sciencenter Executive Director Announces Retirement
  • July 28. Lansing Star. Sciencenter Executive Director Trautmann Announces Retirement
  • July 26. CNY Business Journal. Sciencenter Executive Director Trautmann Announces Retirement
  • July 26. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Executive Director Retiring
  • June 16. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Filled with Fun and Learning this Summer
  • June 7. Finger Lakes Times. Romulus Students Celebrate Science
  • May 20. Ithaca Times. All Part of a Larger Plan, Alternative Energy Options for Businesses
  • May 14. Ithaca Journal. Volunteers come out for the Sciencenter. Photo Gallery
  • April 5. IMLS UpNext Blog. Museums for All Offers Science for All at the Sciencenter
  • March 10. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Summer Camps Offer Learning and Adventure
  • February 11. Ithaca Journal. Spend Winter Break at the Sciencenter
  • January 5. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Opens Two New Exhibits
  • January 5. Ithaca Voice. Bloodsuckers Coming to Ithaca’s Sciencenter


  • December 10. Ithaca Journal. Learn Fun Lessons at Sciencenter in December
  • November 5. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Has Fun Planned Inside and Out
  • November 1. Finger Lakes Woman. Fall Offerings at the Sciencenter
  • October 22. Cornell Daily Sun. Non-Profit Solar Project Raises $17,000
  • October 15. Cornell Chronicle. Educators Meet to Bolster Undergrad STEM Outreach
  • October 14. Ithaca Journal. Explore How Science Gets Spooky
  • September 28. WENY. Mini-Golf Monday: Sciencenter’s New Course
  • September 23. Ithaca Week. Sciencenter Mini-Golf Reopens with Interactive Exhibits
  • September 22. Ithaca Week. Touch Tank Highlights Sciencenter’s Focus on Local Conservation
  • August 13. Ithaca Journal. Activities and Fun for All at the Sciencenter
  • August 10. Tompkins Weekly. Sciencenter Opens New Tidepool Tank
  • August 7. Ithaca Journal. Horseshoe Crabs’ Debut
  • August 5. Ithaca Times. Redesigned Exhibit to Open at the Sciencenter
  • July 29. WENY. Twin Tiers Sunday
  • July 11. Ithaca Journal. Touch and Learn: Enjoy Summer Museum Fun with Children
  • July 9. Ithaca Journal. Summertime Science Keeps Kids’ Minds Sharp
  • July 9. WRGB Channel 6 News. Road Trippin’: Ithaca
  • June 25. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Offers a Summer of Hands-on Fun
  • June 19. WETM 13 My Twin Tiers. Day Trippin’: Things Get Weird at the Sciencenter this Summer
  • June 15. Tompkins Weekly. Change Sweeping Through Sciencenter
  • June 11. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Raises Money to Renew and Reach Out
  • June 10. WHCU 95.5FM/870AM. Sciencenter Breaks Ground for Renovation Project
  • June 10. IthacaVoice. Sciencenter Launches Capital Campaign
  • June 9. Finger Lakes Woman. A Summer of Hands-on Fun Awaits at the Sciencenter
  • May 14. Ithaca Journal. Strange Matter is Coming to the Sciencenter
  • May 1. UpNext: IMLS Blog. Science from the Start Kicks Off at the Sciencenter
  • April 21. InformalScience. Sciencenter And Cornell University Research On Early Childhood Cognition
  • April 20 – 24. Tompkins Weekly. Early Explorers Celebrated at Sciencenter
  • April – May 2015. Finger Lakes Woman. Learning + Adventure = Sciencenter Summer Camp
  • April 9. Ithaca Times. Eight Local Cultural Institutions Provide a Linked Learning Experience
  • April 9. Ithaca Journal. Exhibits, Activities Highlight Sciencenter Spring List
  • March 11. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Celebrate NanoDays at the Sciencenter
  • February 27. Cornell Chronicle. Undergrads Make Connections Through Biology and Service
  • February – March 2015. Finger Lakes Woman. Look Who’s Living in the Trees
  • February 12. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Indoor Fun for Winter Break
  • February 5. Ithaca Journal. New Sciencenter Exhibit Features Bones on a Bike
  • January 8. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: ‘TreeHouses’ Exhibition Opens Saturday at Sciencenter
  • January 8. Ithaca Journal. New Sciencenter Exhibit to Open


  • December 21. Time Warner Cable News. Sciencenter Opens New Undersea Exhibit in Ithaca
  • December 18. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Adds Virtual Underwater Video Exhibit
  • December 1. AAA Travel Guide. Winter Fun
  • November 23. WETM Channel 18. Mars Rover Exhibit
  • November 3. Tompkins Weekly. Journey to the Red Planet at Sciencenter
  • November 1. Ithaca Journal. Mars Rover Lands at Sciencenter
  • June 16. Tompkins Weekly. Students Exhibit Science Knowledge
  • June 16. Tompkins Weekly. Rainforest Explorers
  • May 20. Cornellcast. Students in Rapid Prototpying course demo inventions at Sciencenter (VIDEO)
  • April 24. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Sciencenter Summer Camp is Around the Corner
  • April 23. Ithaca Times. Hot on the Trail
  • April – May 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Join us for Sciencenter Summer Camp
  • March 22. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Opens Nano Exhibit Today
  • March 20. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Sciencenter Presents NanoDays on Saturday
  • March 6. Fox 40 WICZ. Walking the Solar System with the Force Behind Cosmos. (VIDEO)
  • March 5. Fox 40 WICZ. Sagan’s Influence Still Felt as Cosmos Relaunches. (VIDEO)
  • February 13. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Round Up Indoor Fun During Winter Break
  • February – March 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Turtle Travels: Experience Life in the Slow Lane
  • Spring 2014. Ithaca Child. Who is Tim Scott? And How Does He Make Science Engaging?
  • January 16. Ithaca Journal. Turtle Travels Opens Saturday at Sciencenter
  • January 9. Ithaca Journal. Sciencenter Connection: Featured Exhibition “Turtle Travels” Opens January 18
  • January 6. Ithaca Journal. Students Teaching Students Science
  • December 2013 – January 2014. Finger Lakes Woman. Science Fun for the Whole Family



    If you’re interested in older archived news articles or press releases please contact Amy Gaulke, Public & Media Relations Manager, at (607) 272-0600 ×14 or

  • Additional Information:

    Two Approaches to Addressing Fracking in New York State (download)

    Executive Director Charlie Trautmann and Director of Program Michelle Kortenaar discuss the Sciencenter’s creative approach to teaching the public about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

    Organizational Stability Facilitates Succession – and Attracts Candidates (download)

    Executive Director Charlie Trautmann outlines the key building blocks of organizational stability.

    Attendance at Science Centers (download)

    Christine Ruffo (ASTC), James Chung (Reach Advisors), and Charlie Trautmann (Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY) present the results of a 10-year study of attendance at science centers during the 2013 ASTC Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

    Orienting New Team Members for Long-Term Success, Dimensions, the bimonthly magazine of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), July – August 2013 (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann outlines the Sciencenter orientation process.

    Our Boards in Action: Interview with Robin Davisson, PhD (download)

    ASTC Dimensions, May-Jun 2013, p. 14) Davisson, chair of the Sciencenter’s board of trustees, discusses the board-staff relationship and the Sciencenter’s impact on its community.

    Attendance at Science Centers: Trends from 2002-2011 (download)

    (Trautmann, C.H. and Ruffo, C., Informal Learning Review, Vol. 119, Mar-Apr 2013, pp. 18-21) A report on ten years of attendance data from 107 science museums worldwide and implications for the field.

    Strategies for Financial Health, Dimensions, the bimonthly magazine of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), July-August 2011 (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann and Deputy Director Lara Litchfield-Kimber report to the ASTC community on how the Sciencenter has managed to stay financially healthy during economically tough times.

    Monograph on Sustainability and Global Warming (download)

    Sciencenter Executive Director Charlie Trautmann visited 34 European museums in 2007 to see how they address issues in sustainability and global warming.


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