Insights El Paso Science Center was founded in 1979 to offer interactive science education experiences to the Border Region. Insights operated in it’s primary science center on South Santa Fe Street until 2012. To make way for Southwest University Park and the Chihuahuas Baseball Team, the Insights museum was demolished. With the generous support of El Paso Independent School District, the museum was relocated to Alamo Elementary School in Segundo Barrio. The exhibits were gradually rebuilt and reorganized into a museum at the Alamo School, reopening to the public in June of 2015. Insights also collaborated with UTEP and El Paso Community College volunteers to open a dinosaur themed pop-up museum exhibit in Bassett Mall in October 2015.
In response to a series of logistical hurdles associated with operating a museum at the Alamo School location, Insights leadership initiated a thorough review our community service model. After a lengthy series of community surveys and focus groups, Insights board came to the clear conclusion that it was time to take the museum out of the box. The board realized that they can serve more STEAM content to more people if they mobilized the hands-on science programming that has successfully served El Paso for over 40 years. Since our decision to go 100% mobile in 2017, Insights board members, staff and volunteers have been working hard to build new STEAM educational programs designed to provide learning experiences in unexpected places throughout the region, meeting the community where they are. Please check out our website, our Facebook page and our annual report for more information about Insights mobile museum operations. Be sure to join our newsletter to stay up to date with our STEAM educational events for all ages.