The District 102 Allen P. Zak Science Discovery Center (Science Center) was started in 1990 with funding from the State of Illinois Scientific Literacy Program and from school district resources. The center is a hands-on, activity based facility dedicated to providing quality science instruction. It was established as part of the science curriculum of the school district that strives to provide an outstanding science program for its students.
In 2011, the Science Center Curriculum was updated and focuses on STEM education with an emphasis on the E (engineering); providing engineering activities/lessons for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Science concepts and skills are integrated with engineering skills to produce hands-on experiences for learning. Technology lessons are included to enhance and report on student’s success. Activity-based learning motivates, provides excitement, and encourages interest for science, which can stimulate students to pursue further learning in science and engineering.