Quest@Home Update

Quest thanks everyone on the front lines and at home for doing your part to help stop the spread of the devastating coronavirus. During this challenging time, we’re launching Quest@Home. Our goal is to provide new resources every week to help you stay safe, make science-informed decisions and have ‘questing’ activities to enjoy together.

With Quest, you learn by doing as you discover how science works. We invite you to question, understand and explore – science and technology. We’re dedicated to helping everyone see how science and technology impact the way we learn, work, and live in our ever-changing world.

everyday exploration

With Quest, you learn by doing as you discover how science works. We invite you to question, understand and explore – science and technology. We’re dedicated to helping everyone see how science and technology impact the way we learn, work, and live in our ever-changing world.

Everyone’s Invited!

Since 2018 we’ve been piloting interactive science experiences that ignite a love of learning.  Our programs also might inspire you, or someone you love, to study science or work for one of the many innovative companies in our community.

We’re excited to be making plans to open our Science Center 2.0 in the new Stockmen’s Park in downtown Livermore by 2024. Meanwhile, we’re building more pop-up exhibits, piloting classroom programs and creating partnerships with businesses and organizations that value science and technology.  We’d love to have you volunteer, donate or share an idea, to help bring Quest to everyone!

Our Vision

Connecting everyone to the value of science

Our Mission

To inspire and nurture everyday exploration, for lifelong engagement with science and technology

You Belong –

at Quest Science Center

Quest Science Center is committed to fostering inclusion and to creating a welcoming experience, so people of all ages and backgrounds feel a sense of belonging and excitement in the exploration of science. 

Our Approach

Quest designs hands-on experiences that…

Spark Curiosity through fun and open-ended exploration. We value the role of play and asking questions as a part of the learning process.

Cultivate Exploration by supporting learning through science practices and engineering design. We value authentic scientific phenomena, tools and experiences.

Inspire Solutions by providing opportunities to understand and address problems in our local and global community. We value real-world learning that addresses real-world challenges.

Foster Inclusion by creating a place where everyone belongs and developing relevant content to encourage scientific literacy and make career connections. We value differences and work to unlock everyone’s full potential.

Nurture Learning through self-awareness and by facilitating a community that embraces a growth mindset and supports learning with others. We value connections, collaboration and collective accomplishment.

EXHIBITS

Our Quest to Understand Wind and Water

With our mobile pop-up exhibits, we’ve started to bring our vision for science education to life. In 2019 more than 3,000 local residents had fun learning about water and wind with us. Through hands-on activities, they discovered how fast water moves through sand and gravel and what that means for water storage in the Tri-Valley. Making parachutes out of pipe cleaners and coffee filters, families learned about principles of force balance in our vertical wind tunnel. Our volunteer scientists encouraged everyone to experiment with new designs and find better solutions.

Exploring Science and Technology that Surrounds Us

With Quest, you’ll learn about everyday science and technology topics that help us understand our rapidly changing world.  In 2020, we’ll launch new pop-up exhibits focused on the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology aspects of climate.  We’ll also explore how energy storage fits into an electrical system that, at times, relies on wind and solar. Quest is launching its first community science project where participants build a device to measure and map CO2 concentrations in the Tri-Valley. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, students will be paired with mentors and climate scientists to make real-world science happen.  In future years, we’ll bring regional themes to life through activities and conversations that reveal the innovations, societal issues and choices we can make. Here are some of the areas you might get to explore:
  • Earth Science
  • Regional Watershed
  • Transportation Systems
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health Care
  • Agriculture
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