The mission of the James E. Richmond Science Center is to inspire and stimulate an appreciation of science and its interrelationship with all other disciplines. We exist to serve and enrich the entire student population of Charles County, as well as the greater Southern Maryland community. We accomplish our goals by creating exciting and memorable experiences that are multi-disciplinary in focus and incorporate our hands-on Discovery Lab, NOAA Science on a Sphere content, and the Digital Dome Planetarium Classroom.
Adjoining St. Charles High School, The James E. Richmond Science Center, founded in 2014, is a community resource available to students at Charles County Public Schools free of charge. The Science Center supplements what students are already learning in classrooms, empowers visiting students to be active participants in their STEM learning, and encourages our future tech leaders to continue exploring science and technology pathways.
The science center includes a state-of-the-art 60-foot diameter, 184-seat Digital Dome Classroom, a 6-foot diameter NOAA Science On a Sphere®, and an experiential learning center, or Discovery Lab. The Digital Dome Classroom raises the level of science and math curricula, as well as provides learning opportunities in other subjects and fine arts. The Science On a Sphere® allows students to study the impacts of specific environmental scenarios, such as storms, climate change and ocean currents, on Earth and the atmosphere. Field trips also include related hands-on activities in the experiential learning center. Along with field trips for school groups, the Science Center hosts community and family events on weekends and evenings.