About Us

Mission

OH WOW!’s mission is to foster independent thinking and enrich the lives of all children by creating a welcoming environment where they can develop learning skills and knowledge through the exploration of HANDS-ON exhibits and educational programs which are rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 2015 Annual Report

History

The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology opened in downtown Youngstown, Ohio on May 12, 2011 to rave reviews and overwhelming community support! Since opening its doors, more than 275,000 explorers have been served.

The development of OH WOW! began with the creation of the Children’s Museum of the Valley (CMV), which opened in August 2004, thanks to the efforts of the Junior League of Youngstown.  In 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a new mission focused on STEM, and in January, 2010, began operating as OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology (OH WOW!).  Today, OH WOW!’s brand is well-respected, and the organization is an anchor and economic development engine in downtown Youngstown’s central business district.

OH WOW!’s successful “Science Makes Cents” Capital Campaign raised more than $1.8 million dollars to fund the renovation of our new space and the purchase of our state-of-the-art permanent exhibit collection.  Each exhibit is linked to the education content standards of Ohio & Pennsylvania.

Our academic focus is on children ages 0 to 14, with “EDUtainment” opportunities for learners of all ages!  In addition, OH WOW! offers:

  • Self-directed and staff-guided “exploration opportunities” on site
  • Focused outreach programs off site
  • Professional development opportunities for area educators
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities for high school and college students
  • Research opportunities for college faculty

The WOW! Pals look forward to seeing you and your family and friends at the Center soon!