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Pioneer Square Labs’ Managing Director Julie Sandler to Keynote
Pacific Science Center’s 16th Annual Foundations of Science Breakfast
More than 750 local business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders will gather
on April 24 in support of providing the next generation of great thinkers with access to hands-on STEM programs
Seattle, WA (April 9, 2019) – Pacific Science Center’s (PacSci) announces Julie Sandler to keynote the 16th annual Foundations of Science Breakfast on April 24 at Washington State Convention Center. More than 750 local business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders will gather at PacSci’s annual fundraising event to bring the company’s mission to life of igniting curiosity and fueling a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking to empower the next generation.
“Pacific Science Center is a such beloved institution. I’m blown away by the work they’re doing in our community to make broadly accessible STEM education a priority,” said Pioneer Square Labs Managing Director, Julie Sandler. “Not only is the organization pushing boundaries on education opportunities for children; it is also leading in its support of innovation with local companies in their Startup in Residence program. It’s programs like these that make me especially honored to be part of this special event.”
This year’s keynote speakers also include Mathen Ganesan, executive vice president of Intellectual Ventures’ Invention Investment Fund and Diana Birkett Rakow, vice president of external relations at Alaska Airlines.
PacSci welcomes community members from all backgrounds through its integral set of programs. The Access to Science Pipeline provides need-based financial aid for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) camps, field trip scholarships for students in low income communities, free or reduced-price outreach programming for youth who can’t visit the Science Center in person, and high school development programs that focus on empowering under-represented students to pursue STEAM fields, including females, those in low-income households, and students of color.
“Breakfast is a pivotal event to help us reach our goal of making the Science Center accessible to all,” said Pacific Science Center President and CEO, Will Daugherty. “We know we can reach more children and families in the region, and our Access to Science Pipeline programs help us achieve that. These opportunities begin with our community and our hope is that those who attend Breakfast leave inspired to get involved.”
Over the past year, generous donors have created opportunities for hands-on science education to more than 50,000 Title I students across the Pacific Northwest through the Science on Wheels outreach program, nearly 4,000 discounted family access memberships, and 88 children receiving full scholarships for PacSci’s renowned summer camps program.
The event takes place in the Exhibit Experience Hall at the Washington State Convention Center and is made possible through Dream level sponsors including Alaska Airlines, Intellectual Ventures and Smartsheet. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. To learn more and register, visit: pacsci.org/breakfast.
About Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle and has been a gateway to access science education and innovation for more than 50 years. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities across the state of Washington, classrooms, and on the Seattle Center campus and at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and after closing, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010, Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.
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