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The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) is a 110,000-square-foot learning center located at Des Moines, Iowa. Formerly known as the Des Moines Center of Science and Industry, it first opened its doors to the public in October 1970, and it was then located in Greenwood-Ashworth Park. The center was one of the first learning centers in the world that placed emphasis on interactive learning, leading a new wave of learning centers that focus on hands-on exhibits and programs.

In 1986, the learning center changed its name to the Science Center of Iowa, mostly due to the center?s growing prominence and audience. In 2000, SCI decided to expand its building and facilities. The center moved to downtown Iowa where construction for its new home began. In May 2005, the SCI formally opened its doors to the public, this time in downtown Iowa. In 2010, the center had welcomed and served greater than two million guests and participants.

The science center offers a wide assortment of exhibits, programs, and films. Visitors are sure to enjoy learning about everyday science thanks to the live programs and demonstrations by the SCI team. The center houses a fifty-foot digital planetarium called the Star Theater. The Blank IMAX Dome Theater, one of the center?s hottest attractions, is a building six stories high that provides a unique movie experience with its larger-than-life images and 12,000-watt digital-surround sound system.

The Science Center of Iowa has a caf? and gift shop for those who want to recharge and refuel before exploring the other areas of the center.
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