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Adventure Science Center Nashville Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/09/2014: Adventure Science Center Nashville

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER NASHVILLE

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Nashville, TN
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Adventure Science Center Nashville Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/09/2014: Adventure Science Center Nashville

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER NASHVILLE

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Physical Address: Nashville, TN 37203 
EIN: 62-0479192
Web URL: www.adventuresci.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A52 Children's Museums
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A57 Science & Technology Museum
Ruling Year: 1954 


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Mission Statement

Adventure Science Center ignites curiosity and inspires the lifelong discovery of science.

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Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2015

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Mrs. Susan B. Duvenhage

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Since Feb 2007

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Susan Duvenhage was named President & CEO of Adventure Science Center in February of 2007. Susan came to the Science Center from Gainesville, FL with an extensive background in non-profit management, marketing and fundraising. She most recently served as the Associate Director of Exhibits and Public Programs for the Florida Museum of Natural History, first joining the organization as its chief development officer. During her 8-year tenure there she developed new programs for audience expansion, revitalized the museum's traveling exhibits program and opened Butterfly Rainforest, a 6400 s.f. live butterfly exhibit. Prior to her positions with the Florida Museum, she served as Director of Development for the University of Florida Foundation and as Assistant Director of Community Relations, for Shands Healthcare where she was responsible for fundraising and promoting the pediatric programs, statewide and regionally. Susan earned a bachelor's of science degree in public relations from the University of Florida and is an accredited public relations professional. Susan is a member of the Association of Science Museum Directors, Association of Science and Technology Centers, American Alliance of Museums and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Programs

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Budget:
$163,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

ASC provides learning expeditions for school groups that are available 5 days a week, 10 months a year. Programs are hands-on, inquiry based and address local, state and national science standards.

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Budget:
$11,500
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

ASC offers after hours "family science nights" for local schools as a way to encourage families to learn together. ASC provides hands-on science programs at assemblies and/or in classroom settings.

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Budget:
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Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

ASC provides science demonstrations (shows) and "science on the spot" activities that are hands-on as community outreach in situations and to groups unable to come to the Center.

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Provide inquiry based professional development on a variety of topics linked to curriculum standards.

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Budget:
$4,000,000
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Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

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.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Adventure Science Center (ASC) opened its doors to the public in 1945 (then the Children's Museum of Nashville) as a cultural institution dedicated to providing learning opportunities for the entire community. Today, located on Metro Parks property neighboring the historical Ft. Negley, ASC brings science alive for visitors of all ages with more than 44,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits, daily live demonstrations, engaging public programs and the renowned Sudekum Planetarium. ASC welcomes more than 300,000 visitors from across the country, has more than 11,000 member households and annually ranks among the top five local attractions (Nashville Business Journal Book of Lists). Known for fun and dynamic hands-on learning, ASC is an indispensable part of the science education community, impacting more than 65,000 school children and teachers from 50 school systems with standards-based programming each year. ASC is steadfastly committed to advancing science awareness, interest and understanding with the diverse audiences we serve and inspiring young people to build dreams that include careers in science, technology, engineering and healthcare. Adventure Science Center (ASC) opened its doors to the public in 1945 (then the Children's Museum of Nashville) as a cultural institution dedicated to providing learning opportunities for the entire community. Today, located on Metro Parks property neighboring the historical Ft. Negley, ASC brings science alive for visitors of all ages with more than 44,000+ square feet of interactive exhibits, daily live demonstrations, engaging public programs and the renowned Sudekum Planetarium. ASC welcomes more than 300,000 visitors from across the country, has more than 11,000 member households and annually ranks among the top five local attractions (Nashville Business Journal Book of Lists). Known for fun and dynamic hands-on learning, ASC is an indispensable part of the science education community, impacting more than 65,000 school children and teachers from 50 school systems with standards-based programming each year. ASC is steadfastly committed to advancing science awareness, interest and understanding with the diverse audiences we serve and inspiring young people to build dreams that include careers in science, technology, engineering and healthcare.
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