History and Mission

Mission of Science Pioneers, Inc.

“The mission of Science Pioneers is to create innovative and supportive education activities that will encourage the youth of Kansas City to understand and use science and critical thinking in their careers and everyday lives.”

In today’s environment, that mission translates into meeting the challenges of science education and the need to encourage young people into science careers to meet the demands of global competition and skills needed for 21st century careers.

History of Science Pioneers, Inc.

The long and rich history of Science Pioneers dates back to 1956 when it became incorporated as a non-profit organization. At that time, Dr. Charles N. Kimball, president of Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, gathered together a distinguished group of industrialists, educators, and scientists in the Greater Kansas City area who were interested in forming an organization to foster, develop, and encourage youth in the study of science.

Although Science Pioneers was originally organized to direct and manage the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair, one of the largest in the nation, Science Pioneers has continuously strived to expand its programs to provide unique opportunities to students and teachers alike. Each year approximately 15,000 individuals participate in Science Pioneers activities.

In 2007, Science Pioneers was inducted into Mid-America Education Hall of Fame.

The region covered by Science Pioneers currently includes 50 school districts in addition to private and parochial schools in seven counties of the Greater Kansas City area. Those counties include:

Missouri:

  • Clay
  • Jackson
  • Platte

Kansas:

  • Douglas
  • Johnson
  • Leavenworth
  • Wyandotte