Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
Tesla's Wardenclyffe plant on Long Island in partial stage of completion, circa 1902.
The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe is a nonprofit organization established to develop a regional science and technology center at the site of Nikola Tesla's former Wardenclyffe laboratory on Long Island, New York. The center raised money through crowdfunding to purchase the property. Tesla's design for Wardenclyffe grew out of his experiments begun in the early 1890s. In 1900 he sought venture capitalists to fund what he thought was revolutionary wireless communication and electric power delivery system using the Earth as the conductor. Wardenclyffe construction started towards the end of 1901 and continued for the next 3 years. Funding problems plagued the project, and by 1905-1906 most of the site's activity had to be shut down. The tower was demolished for scrap in 1917 and the property taken in foreclosure in 1922.
Jane Alcorn, president of the nonprofit group The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, and Matthew Inman, creator of web cartoon The Oatmeal, joined forces in 2012 to honor "the Father of the Electric Age", by preserving the Wardenclyffe facility as a science center and museum. The center plans to offer several programs, including science teacher associations, conferences, symposia, field trips, associations with science competitions, and other science programs. Planned permanent exhibits include a Tesla exhibit, exploratorium-type exhibits, and a living museum.