About Us

The Science Factory was founded in 1961 as a branch of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). It was incorporated in 1977 as the Willamette Science & Technology Center (WISTEC), an independent 501(c)(3) corporation. The name "Science Factory" was adopted in 2002.  We are the only science center in Lane and surrounding counties.


Our Mission


Science Factory strives to engage children, excite their curiosity, inspire them toward a lifelong love of learning about science, and empower them to use science and technology to improve their communities.


We provide a variety of educational programming including interactive exhibits, planetarium shows and presentations, school programs, science camps, and special events. We primarily serve children ages 0 to 14 along with their families, teachers, and guardians.


Our Vision


Empowered communities that foster scientific learning and innovation to help create a better world.


Our Values


Scientific Integrity











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