Building a New Science Center

A New Beginning

Significant growth in the state of North Dakota and an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in formal education and the workforce are causing an increased demand for the services provided by Gateway to Science. To meet these community needs, Gateway to Science will build a stand-alone facility with state-of-the-art exhibits and expanded educational outreach programming for students, teachers and the general public.

The new Gateway to Science center will overlook the Missouri River to the west and be visible from I-94.

Animation video of proposed new science center

Gateway to Science - Site Prep Begins

Site Prep - Beginning

Site Prep - In Progress

Site Prep - Almost Done

Site Preview - Welcome

Site Preview - New Beginnings


KFYR TV station visited the new site on Wednesday, October 19. Click here for the full story.


The future site of Gateway to Science offers a spectacular view!

Focus on STEM Careers

The new Gateway to Science center will focus on the future of jobs and technology, making connections between students’ interest in STEM and potential career choices in North Dakota.

The science center lobby (note the interactive wall on the right)

Click on this model of the exhibit gallery (above) to view prototypes currently featured in our gallery.

Having a state-of-the-art science center of this caliber in Bismarck and in North Dakota will be a huge asset and will add so much to our quality of life here. The “hands-on” approach to learning has been proven to increase creativity, logic development, and reading readiness, and is the hallmark of an exemplary science center.

Mikey Hoeven

Former ND First Lady, Honorary Capital Campaign Chairperson

We do not know what the future holds for us. However, we do have an opportunity and an obligation to do our best to provide for the most creative and scientifically sound education possible for our great state. Welcome – join me – and let’s work together to create the most exciting, technically advanced, and forward thinking educational experience North Dakota, America, and the world has seen!
Gateway to Science – Gateway to Success!

Kathleen Neset

CEO, Neset Consulting Services, Capital Campaign Chairperson

Capital Campaign

You can help Gateway to Science achieve our vision of a new state-of-the-art science center. Donate or make a pledge to the Capital Campaign today!

Naming Opportunities

There are opportunities for recognition in various areas of the new science center. Please refer to our current list of Naming Opportunities for more information.


The Gateway to Science endowment (a permanent fund from which only the income is spent) will be used to supplement operations until our potential for earned income is realized. Earned income opportunities include current activities such as admissions, membership and program registration, and will be expanded to include income from the theater and space rental within the new facility. Click here for more information on our endowment fund.

Thank You to Our Generous Capital Campaign Supporters

Innovator ($100,000+)


Basin Electric Power Cooperative

City of Bismarck

Great River Energy

Senator John & Mikey Hoeven

Dr. Tom & Katie Hutchens

Innovator ($100,000+)

Joan Klemer

Neset Consulting Service

North Dakota Farmers Union & North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance

MG David & Connie Sprynczynatyk

State of North Dakota

Explorer ($50,000+)

Bill Barth Ford

Braun Intertec

Mike & Vicki Fitzmaurice

I. Keating Furniture World

JLG Architects

Explorer ($50,000+)


Frank & Kay Koch


Renewable Energy Council—Industrial Commission of ND

Maker ($25,000+)

ConocoPhillips Lower 48

Keith & Beth Demke

MDU Resources Foundation

North Dakota Ethanol Council

Maker ($25,000+)

Kevin & Hildy Oberlander


Wells Fargo

Scientist ($10,000+)

American Dairy Association of the Midwest

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

BNSF Railway Foundation

Arthur & Shirley Carlson

Comfort Inn – Bismarck

Nancy Koch Durow & Steven Durow

Maureen V. Egan

Scientist ($10,000+)

The George and Marcia Good Family Foundation

Dr. Linda & Joe Gutensohn

Tim Lervick

McQuade Distributing

Metro-Area Ambulance Service

Scott & Sandy Olson

Otter Tail Power Company

Donor ($500+)

American City Bureau
Jason & Cathryn Anderson
Marjory & Myron Atkinson
Drs. Jayaram & Savitha Bharadwaj
Randy & Pam Binegar
Dr. Drake & Jill Carter
Crowley Fleck, PLLP

Donor ($500+)

CTE Global, Inc.
Chris & Kate Dorfschmidt
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Patrick & Mary Ann Durick
Nick & Amanda Eberle
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Bernie & Susan Feland
Dr. Walter & Carolyn Frank

Donor ($500+)

The Gavilon Group, LLC
Ernest & Carolyn Godfread
Growth Energy
Jesse Thor Haabak
Dale & Jennifer Heglund
John & Rachel Holmen
Jeff Hruby
Jim & Beth Hughes

Donor ($500+)

Lesley & Kurt Icenogle
Brendan & Loralyn Joyce
K & L Homes
Jack & Marjorie Knoll
Lallemand Specialties, Inc.
Gordon & Jackie Leingang
Midco Foundation

Donor ($500+)

New Age Cryo, Inc.
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Russ & Kristie Ormiston
Troy & Kellie Pierce
Planning Team Financial Advisors
Michael & Karol Riedman
Robin Schaner
William & Kay Schlosser

Donor ($500+)

Jared & Jamie Schmidt
Virginia Smith
Shirley & Russ Staiger
Stickville Trust in memory of David Wheeler
Amanda Wangler
Dick Weber
Pete & Jane White
Gregg & Sandra Wiche
Doug & Tonya Zinke

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