We celebrate Iren Bognar, who fled Hungary in 1956 with her new husband, Lewis Bognar, at the time of the Russian occupation.

Iren became the first female mechanical engineer to be hired by then Corning Glass Works in 1960 and, afterwards, she taught engineering at Corning Community College. Additional teaching experiences included science at Northside-Blodgett Middle School, mathematics at Corning West High School, and she finished her career teaching Advanced College Prep courses in Prattsburg.

Remember her with a donation to The Iren Bognar STEAM Fund for Girls.

(When paying you can include a note to specify the Iren Bognar Fund for Girls.)


The Science & Discovery Center is a great investment for whatever you can give! Join us in supporting the cost-effective programming of the Science & Discovery Center.

School districts in our region continue to value our programs and need our help now more than ever. Let’s do what we can to boost science learning. Our Science & Discovery Center educators know hands-on learning is the best. Let’s support their efforts and help keep the science lab rolling.

For those who have supported our programming in the past, we invite you to stay on board with us as we continue to deliver hands-on science, technology, engineering and math programs.

We need our children to pursue careers in these important fields. Let’s make it happen together!

Donation Opportunities
  • Program supplies $25
  • General program support $50
  • Summer Camp Scholarship $250
  • One-Hour Hands-On, In-school, or After-school Science Lessons $125
  • Family Science Night at Your Neighborhood School $500
  • Science Show at Your School or Community Event $300
  • One Summer STEAM Program Week $4,000

Drop off your recyclables at Rey’s Redemption in Corning, and mention you’d like to donate the deposits to the SDC!


To make a donation, click the “Donate” button below. You will be taken to PayPal’s secure web site where you will be able to make a donation of any amount using your credit card or PayPal account.

There will be a place for you to add special instructions if you would like to specify how your money be used or to join one of our membership levels.

Help us get to our $50,000 goal!

July 2023 - June 2024