Adventure Science Center Nashville

Nashville, TN   |  www.adventuresci.org

Mission

Our mission is to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Ruling year info

1954

Principal Officer

Mr. Steve Hinkley

Main address

800 Fort Negley Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37203 USA

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Formerly known as

Cumberland Science Museum

Nashville Children's Museum

EIN

62-0479192

NTEE code info

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the STEM Education Coalition, access to a strong, robust STEM learning ecosystem is essential in creating a prepared, informed, motivated student population. Creative learning at informal science education institutions is critical to a child's academic development. A growing body of research shows that science learned outside the classroom positively impacts student achievement in the classroom and also may help close the achievement gap for people of color, who are often marginalized in educational experiences. According to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, between 2014 and 2024, the number of STEM jobs will grow 17%, compared to 12% for non-STEM jobs. However, 60% of U.S. employers are having difficulties finding qualified workers in positions that require basic STEM literacy, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Not enough students are pursuing STEM degrees, leading to a dearth of available, trained professionals able to fill a surplus of STEM jobs.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Programming

Field trips (Kindergarten through 12th Grade), labs, classes, demonstrations,
science clubs, intercession camps, outreach/in-school programs, science family
nights, assembly programs, exhibit-based programming, school camp-ins, distance
learning, and planetarium programs. Teacher Professional Development: Full and half-day classes, workshops and week-long summer institutes designed to increase teacher knowledge of science, improve teaching skills using inquiry-based, hands-on science instruction, and demonstrate how to use Science Center programs and exhibits to enhance science curriculum. We also offer Teacher's Night Out which highlights all the programming we offer for students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Summer camps, youth camp-ins/overnights,
community outreach programs partnering with libraries, community centers, Boys
& Girls clubs, etc., family learning labs and workshops. We are proud to offer subsidized membership programs for qualified applicants as well as subsidized admission prices. Summer and weekend
public programs including Engineering Day, Earth Day, and Scientists on Site that showcase actual scientists working in the field to the community. Our Sudekum Planetarium also offers sensory-friendly planetarium shows.

Population(s) Served
Adults

An integral part of the Adventure Science Center team, volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who serve a vital role in helping us achieve our mission. Volunteers get involved with ASC through a variety of shifts and assignments from helping with planetarium shows, special events, or facilitating daily STEM programming on the museum floor. We also frequently have groups, organizations, and corporations volunteer with us.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Permanent exhibits at ASC focus on 6 themes: earth, air and space, health, color and light, energy and creativity and invention. Exhibits are interactive, variable and suitable for both individuals and groups working together in a social environment. Exhibits complement programs and special events. One of our exhibit highlights is our Sudekum Planetarium, a giant screen dome that offers an exciting range of programs including planetarium shows, laser shows, live concerts, and featured events. ASC is pleased to announce the opening of our two brand new permanent exhibits, soundBox, which celebrates the convergence of science and sound, and Innovation Incubator, our expanded and renovated maker space, on July 1, 2019.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer programming that provides opportunities for local youth to explore the STEM field as well as a chance to develop skills that will be useful academically and professionally. One of these programs is our Youth CR3W, which prepares local high school students for college and the working world. In this program, CR3W members frequently volunteer at ASC events and programs, assist with exhibits, hands-on activities, and outreaches, and also have the opportunity to participate in special STEM-based projects throughout the year, including a mentorship alongside our Scientist on Site program. Another program we offer is TWISTER, a one day professional conference for high school girls presented by women working in STEM professions. This conference allows students to learn about possible career paths in STEM and engage in hands-on STEM activities. We are happy to announce that the TWISTER conference has plans to expand to middle school students this upcoming year.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Science & Technology Centers 2004

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 1999

Tennessee Association of Museums 2000

Planned Giving Council of Nashville 2002

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2003

Nashville Rotary Club 2006

PENCIL 2006

Association of Science and Technology Centers 2014

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2017

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2018

Nashville Area LGBTQ Chamber 2019

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Each and every day, ASC’s goals are to:

1) Provide a compelling experience to visitors of all ages.
2) Engage diverse communities through two-way communication and collaboration.
3) Inspire learning, bringing science to life for all people through novel approaches.
4) Strengthen our financial core to ensure the community continues to be served at a high level.

At our core, we address these goals through 44,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits, an ever-evolving portfolio of immersive learning experiences, and remarkable shows in the Sudekum Planetarium. Adventure Science Center engages more than 350,000 people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds each year from throughout Tennessee and across the country. Annually, our education services – field trips for both traditional and homeschool students, immersive lab curriculum, technology-focused maker workshops, school-break camps, planetarium shows, after school outreach, and professional development workshops for teachers – provide opportunities for students and educators to explore science and technology concepts in engaging and meaningful ways. We collaborate with local educational institutions to ensure all learning experiences meet state core curriculum and national education standards.

Since opening its doors in 1945, Adventure Science Center has provided generations of Middle Tennesseans and visitors worldwide with valuable learning experiences. From its relocation to Fort Negley, multiple name changes, upgrades to the planetarium and exhibition overhauls, the Science Center has a long history of transforming in order to adapt to its rapidly changing community. In following that tradition of transformation, Adventure Science Center is looking to the future once again.

Our funding partners play a pivotal role in ensuring that we are able to continue to serve our community with the very best in informal science learning experiences. Your support strengthens our ability to respond quickly to the needs of our visitors, by making improvements, big and small, to our content, approach, and methods.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Adventure Science Center Nashville

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Mayes

Bulleit Group

Term: 2020 - 2022

John Gawaluck

Ernst & Young LLP (Retired)

David McGowan

Regent Development LLC

Butch Spyridon

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

Marc Stengel

Historix

A. Alex Jahangir

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Divya Shroff

TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Matthew Kisber

Silicon Ranch Corporation

Allen Oakley

FirstBank

Paul Kleine-Kracht

North Highland Consulting

Jennifer Lacey

Farris Mathews Bobango, PLC

Jonathan Skeeters

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Shawn Glinter

Nanoferix, Inc.

Kelly Mayes

The Bulleit Group

Rankin McGugin

Vanderbilt University

Josh Dailey

Ingram Content Group

Lisa Helton

Sherrard Roe Voigt Harbison

Cheryl Mayes

My Toolbox Consulting

Josh Trusley

Ernst & Young LLP

Avi Spielman

Joon Properties/Joon Management

Melissa Anderson

AllianceBernstein

Manuel Delgado

Delgado Guitars

Adrienne Battle

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Randall Noel

JP Morgan Chase

Ben Rooke

Brasfield & Gorrie

Nicole Baxter

Health Care Associates

Winston Justice

AllianceBernstein

Susannah Scott Barnes

Lipscomb University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data