Science Center of Iowa Names Vice President of Science Learning

Science Center of Iowa Names Vice President of Science Learning

  • Monday March 27, 2023

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) recently named Rob Burnett as the organization’s Vice President of Science Learning.

Burnett joined the team March 20 and will oversee all aspects of planning and operations that advance STEM learning through programs, outreach, exhibits, and the SCI Preschool.

“Rob brings a wealth of educational experience to the table and will be an integral part of the leadership at SCI,” said Curt Simmons, SCI President and CEO. “The board of directors and I welcome Rob to our executive team and look forward to working with him as we advance the mission of SCI.”

Burnett brings more than 16 years of experience as an educator and administrator to his new role. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and holds two Master’s degrees; one in Special Education from Morningside College and one in Education Administration from Iowa State University. He’s also continued his education with 9 years of inquiry based, conceptual learning under the framework of International Baccalaureate and PBL programming.

Burnett has lived in the Des Moines area for most of his life. He started working as a teacher in 2006 at Capitol View Elementary School, where he also served as Dean of Students. He has previously held the role of principal at Walnut Street School, an International Baccalaureate School, beginning in 2014 and The Downtown School, a PBL school since 2017.

About the Science Center of Iowa

The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. The 110,000-sq. ft. facility located in Downtown Des Moines features dynamic experience platforms, large format theaters and daily interactive science demonstrations, including the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool. The Science Center of Iowa also provides educational outreach programs across the state of Iowa. For more information, visit www.sciowa.org