Magic bus: PEMCO and Pacific Science Center extend free rides for school kids



​​​SEATTLE – After a successful pilot venture last spring and summer, PEMCO Insurance and Pacific Science Center again are offering free bus rides to Seattle-area school children, enabling them to take field trips to the region’s premier educational science and technology museum.

Rising transportation costs have impacted many schools’ ability to transport students on field trips, but the PEMCO–Pacific Science Center partnership removes that roadblock. PEMCO covers the expense of transporting students by underwriting the cost of the program.

"We were able to take our entire middle school of 150 students," said Mary Sue Walker, instructor from K-12 Summit School in Seattle. "The PEMCO bus made our trip much more affordable."

"Last year, we enabled 2,165 students to enjoy a learning experience that might not have been possible with schools’ transportation constraints," said Stan McNaughton, PEMCO president and CEO. "Happily, their field trips to Pacific Science Center added a memorable, hands-on dimension to what they learn in their classrooms."

"Our goal is to transform the lives of more Seattle school children by giving them an opportunity to discover first-hand what it means to explore new worlds and be delighted by the wonders of science," said Bryce Seidl, president and CEO of Pacific Science Center.

From March through June 2008, 36 Seattle-area schools – public and private – took advantage of the free busses. For the 2008-2009 school year, invitations again are extended to all public and private schools within the Seattle School District boundary.

"The bus was colorfully painted, and very comfortable," said Walker. "The students were thrilled and really enjoyed being the center of attention."

Pacific Science Center is located under the arches near the Space Needle in Seattle. Schools interested in scheduling the free "vehicle to discovery" can do so by contacting Pacific Science Center at (206) 443-2925 or visiting for details.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, life, and umbrella insurance to Washington state residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold by community agents throughout the state and through PEMCO offices. For more information, visit

About Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, mathematics, and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon the closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private, not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. For more information about Pacific Science Center, please call (206) 443-2001 or visit the Web site at Pacific Science Center is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue its educational mission, programs, and exhibits.