Quest is taking science and learning to a whole new level!  That’s what we mean by Science Center 2.0. Hands-on experiences.  Timely and relevant topics.  Open-ended exploration. Friends and families taking a journey of discovery together and learning with others. Everything we do is aimed at building a culture of enthusiasm for science in its many forms.

Creating Science Center 2.0

In 2017, a group of Lawrence Livermore Lab retirees and community leaders decided to share their love of science and technology and ‘pay it forward’ by leading an effort to create a science center in downtown Livermore. They envisioned a place where everyone – at any age – would have engaging experiences and understand the impact science can have on our society. They called the organization the Livermore Science and Society Center (LSSC). The City of Livermore agreed to include land for this new science center in Stockmen’s Park, the centerpiece of its downtown redevelopment plan.

By 2019 LSSC had built an advisory board of committed technical experts, educators, and community leaders to bring this vision to life. They developed mobile wind and water exhibits to take out into the community and held focus groups that confirmed people wanted a science center downtown. In November 2019, LSSC chose the name Quest for this new science center. The name speaks to being on a journey where we Question, Understand and Explore – Science & Technology.

Quest Advisory Board Members at Strategic Planning Meeting

A Place For Everyone At Any Age

Activities at Quest will be designed so everyone has fun and learns, no matter how old they are or how much they already know about science.

There will be many opportunities to explore at a level that feels right. For example…


  • Families can learn together about how the brain grows and how to encourage each other to persist and have a ‘growth mindset’ even when schoolwork or life gets challenging.
  • Elementary and middle school students can discover how science happens and how failures have contributed to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time.
  • High school and college students can explore the interplay between academic disciplines and laws of science that contribute to the success of an experiment – and see how science impacts our society – and our lives on a daily basis.
  • Lifelong learners can attend lectures, mentor students or participate in community science projects.
  • Teachers can bring Quest activities into their classrooms to create authentic experiences that reinforce principles and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards.

Supporting Our Schools and Innovative Business Community

Serving as a hub, Quest will connect to regional resources involved in teaching and supporting science ranging from local school districts, colleges, universities and educators, businesses, non-profits and technical experts, to volunteers and lab retirees who want to mentor students and help launch scientific careers.

Quest will support the vision of business innovation and leadership that exists in the Tri-Valley by partnering with the local corporations and by offering a showcase for technical achievements and career paths.

Making Valuable Science Connections

Now you see why we named this Science Center 2.0…Quest!


Question, Understand and Explore
Science & Technology


We need volunteers and funding to make our vision a reality.

Please join us!

Key Accomplishments & Future Plans


  • 501(c)(3) status granted
  • Stockmen’s Park agreement signed, designating downtown Livermore land for the science center
  • Initial architectural concept and floor plan for 2-story building completed
  • Visitor experience concepts developed
  • Pop-up exhibits provided hands-on learning in local classrooms and at events throughout the Tri-Valley and East Bay for more than 3,000 people of all ages.

    What’s Next

    • 2020-23 – Design and pilot educational programs
    • 2020-23– Build and deploy pop-up exhibits
    • 2020-23 – Develop partnerships
    • 2022-24 – Construction and grand opening
    • 2024+ – Everyone’s invited to experience Quest!

    Visitor experience concepts depict some of the possibilities for Quest

    Board of Directors

    In addition to their scientific and technological acumen, the Quest board members have a long and distinguished history of leadership, education outreach, community building, volunteerism and fundraising. These accomplished retirees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories-California began their effort to establish a downtown science center as a way to pay it forward — sparking in young minds the same curiosity, energy and exploration that once inspired their chosen careers.

    Monya Lane

    Alan Burnham
    Founder and CFO

    Vaughn Draggoo

    Jay Davis

    Rick Stulen

    Advisory Board

    Quest advisors share a commitment to creating hands-on experiences that ignite a love of learning and understanding of science principles and practices. The following volunteers generously give of their time and share their expertise to help us realize our vision for Quest.

    If you’d like to be part of our Advisory Board, please contact us.


    Ann Brown, Education & Outreach Associate, Zone 7 Water District

    Caleb Cheung, former Director of Education, Chabot Space and Science Center

    Kiran Guleria, Education Program Manager, Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

    Nan Ho, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Las Positas College

    Eugene Mizusawa, retired Founding Director of Innovation Studio at Athenian School

    Bruce Simon, Institute for STEM Education, California State University East Bay


    Pop-up Activities

    Gary Dreifuerst, retired Electrical Safety Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    David Lunn, retired Water Resources Manager, Zone 7 Water District

    Joe Kilkenny, retired Physicist, General Atomics and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Mark Newton, Board of Directors, Asante Africa Foundation, retired Electronics Engineering senior manager

    Dennis O’Brien, retired Chief Electronics Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Tom Parham, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Pam Whitman, Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    Community Science Projects

    Don Sweeney, retired Project Manager, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

    Ann Willoughby, AAUW and Expanding Your Horizons

    Regina Brinker, Science teacher and STEM Coordinator, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

    Eugene Mizusawa, retired Founding Director of Innovation Studio at Athenian School



    Tom Manger, Director of IT consultant, and President of Robot Garden makerspace

    Lynn Naylor, CEO, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

    Adam Tobin, Executive Director & CEO, Chabot Space and Science Center

    Lee Younker, Geoscientist and retired senior manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Michael Carter, Physicist, retired Program Director for DoD Technology Programs, professional photographer, Livermore Lab Foundation director

    Nadine Horner, External Relations Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



    Amy Aines, Communications consultant, co-author Championing Science

    Susan Houghton, Founder, Sunflower Hill, and retired corporate communications director

    Lynda Seaver, Public Affairs Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


    Speaker Series

    Nathan Brumley, Supervising Librarian, Youth Services, Livermore Public Library

    Nicki McGrath, former Business Associate, Exploratorium Global Studios

    Ann Willoughby, AAUW and Expanding Your Horizons

    June Yu, Executive Director National Laboratory Programs, UC Office of President



    Valerie Morrow, Urban and Regional Planning, retired senior facility manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory