Curiosity, creativity, tolerance of ambiguity, resilience and the ability to work effectively with people who have different perspectives are vital life skills. These are the same skills that are fostered by STEM education and that have the power to shape a community and prepare an individual for a career in the science fields.

The science center’s form of informal science education can have a strong impact on STEM education throughout the community. Learners who engage in STEM education through active learning, like the interactive opportunities offered at Imagination Station, are able to better retain information and improve their critical thinking skills.

Furthermore, students who are exposed to real-world STEM experiences that are not possible within the classroom are more likely to have significant, long-term increases in their achievement and attitudes towards the sciences.

About Imagination Station

Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is a vital non-profit organization that is an integral part of Toledo’s economic, educational and social landscape. The science center opened to the public on October 10, 2009 after the investment of Lucas County residents, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and local businesses. Since opening, more than 1.3 million visitors have explored Imagination Station’s 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. With hundreds of interactive exhibits and demonstrations, Imagination Station delivers a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Imagination Station provides a critical layer of science enrichment by serving as an educational partner for educators, schools, parents and the community. It’s with a thoughtful blend of exhibits, experiences, education and excitement that Imagination Station inspires visitors to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Northwest Ohio.

Over the past six years, Imagination Station has grown dramatically with three new exhibitions, three new major exhibits, nine temporary exhibitions, summer camps, workshops and an expansion of its programmatic offerings. Imagination Station has also forged new partnerships with businesses, organizations and educational institutions.


Serve our community by providing informal science education and fun in order to spark a passion for the sciences by combining interactive exhibits and educational programming.

Our Vision

To be a science center whose impact extends well beyond our walls and inspires innovation, equips our visitors with valuable life skills and prepares our community for our knowledge-based economy. We do this because we know that we can inspire people, that people shape the sciences and that the sciences will shape the world.

Our Team Values

  • Service and collaboration – We help each other do whatever it takes to support the science center, one another and our community.
  • Responsibility – We take ownership of our roles. We understand that every person makes a difference and that excellence inspires excellence.
  • Empathy – We create an inclusive environment in which a wide variety of thoughts, opinions, backgrounds and perspectives are valued and respected.
  • Passion – We create an environment where our enthusiasm is contagious and an environment in which learning is fun.
  • Innovation – We foster a creative environment that is always searching for new ways to share interactive STEM education with the community.

Whom We Serve

  • General Visitors – All who walk through the science center’s doors for education and entertainment. This encompasses families, community groups, schools, senior centers, scout troops and more.
  • Members – Individuals and families who make a year-long investment in the science center by purchasing a membership, visiting the science center, attending special events and participating in educational programming. On average, members make up 27% of yearly attendance.
  • Lucas County – Community members of the county that the science center calls home. This includes businesses, political and community leaders and residents, including the 32,142 kids who have participated in Lucas County Free Kids Days on Saturdays since 2009.
  • Educators – Teachers who bring students on field trips, bring educational programming to their classroom, use the classroom materials developed by Imagination Station, participate in professional development through the science center and use the science center to share their work in the STEM fields. Those whose needs shape the education resources that Imagination Station creates.
  • Extended Explorers – Anyone who benefits from Imagination Station’s many forms of outreach that extend beyond the physical building. This includes those who use online resources, view weekly science segments on local TV stations, bring Imagination Station’s educational programming to their community and those who the science center interacts with at festivals and events.
  • Students – Any individual who uses the science center or science-center-produced materials to further their education in association with a school, homeschool curriculum, school project or independent study.
  • Team – All paid team and volunteers who create and share science education with all of the science center’s constituent groups.
  • Partners – Community partners, organizations and local media outlets who collaborates with the science center to bring science education to the community.
  • Donors and supporters – Companies, organizations and individuals who provide resources to the science center in order to ensure that Imagination Station can continue to offer interactive and fun science education to the community.



Toledo’s science center (formerly known as COSI Toledo), began operation in March 1997, welcoming more than 3 million visitors before closing its doors on December 31, 2007, due to financial challenges. After a successful levy campaign and win in the 2008 general election, the science center, renamed Imagination Station, opened to the public on October 10, 2009.  (Read more…)