Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

aka AAHOM   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |  http://www.aahom.org

Mission

The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) and the Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) is to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM* and the natural world.

Ruling year info

1979

Principal Officer

Mr. Mel J Drumm

Main address

220 E. Ann Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA

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EIN

38-2236345

NTEE code info

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Our mission is to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. Our vision is a world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow. Our organization is dedicated to ensuring that our doors are open to all. We primarily serve eleven counties in SE Michigan with our Outreach and Distance Learning programs extending our reach regionally, statewide, nationally, and worldwide.

Through our regional Unity in Learning Initiative, our content areas cover science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the Museum. Our Leslie Science & Nature Center adds nature and the environment. We provide aviation and aerospace programming through the Yankee Air Museum. Our partnership with the St. Clair County Community Center extends our reach into the thumb offering STEM, nature, and space programming through their Challenger Learning Center.

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Children and youth
Adults

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The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM), www.aahom.org, is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEaM). Our vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences. We have an overarching philosophy of community ownership and engagement through an unwavering commitment to quality, collaboration and partnership.

• Building in a Building demonstrates home construction with an inside look at plumbing, electricity, and flooring. It will be renovated in 2016 with eight hands-on interactive stations showcasing the theme, “Can You Reach Net Zero?"
• H2Oh!, a permanent new exhibit all about water, features multiple components and stations that allow visitors to crank, spin, pump, push, and pour water; float, roll, throw, lift, and balance plastic balls; and learn complex concepts about fluid dynamics.
• DEEP (Digitally Enhanced Exhibit Program) is a ground-breaking STEM project that utilizes Bluetooth beacons and custom-designed software, along with a highly visual content delivery system using tablet technology, to revolutionize how the Museum delivers educational content to students, teachers, and visitors.
• The Lyons Country Store's historic artifact collection has been digitized. The entries include detailed photographs of the objects, cultural and technological information on the pieces, and additional images or videos that help place the artifact in context.
• Recollections utilizes advanced video technologies to create an immersive experience where visitors create beautiful moving, high definition, floor-to-ceiling digital images in vivid full color.
• Blast Off – It is Rocket Science is a new floor-to-ceiling exhibit where visitors experiment with launching compressed air bottle rockets 20 feet in the air. They can control the air pressure and since there are two rockets, visitors can experiment with different launch techniques.
• Google Liquid Galaxy comprises seven giant HD monitors that display Google Earth imagery.
• Field trips provide opportunities for over 38,000 students a year from more than 680 schools to explore the sciences through lab classes, workshops, and demonstrations
• Outreach programs are delivered to schools, community centers, libraries and festivals. Programs include Super Science and Math Days, Family Nights, and workshops on over 80 topics.
• Distance Learning programs reach 9.000+ students throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. We collaborate with the Leslie Science & Nature Center, who brings live animals to the Museum for program on owls, reptiles, and the food chain. DL has earned the coveted Pinnacle Award for excellence on four occasions.
• Public programs are offered on the weekends and during school vacation periods. Professor Ray's Everyday Science demonstrations are held every other weekend, on Saturdays and Sundays. On the second weekend of every month we offer “Critters up Close" with Leslie Science & Nature Center. Pop-up Makerspace programs are another popular weekend theme.
• The Little Scientist Club is held on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. The program begins with an educator reading a story, demonstrating the science content and then has the children and caregivers work together on one or more activities that introduce related science concepts and vocabulary.

AAHOM has 20 full time staff. Their backgrounds and degrees are varied and include business, music, theater, chemistry, neuroscience, social policy, anthropology and education. In addition to permanent staff, we employ up to 40 part-time staff members. AAHOM works with Michigan artists and artisans in the design and fabrication of exhibits. We also leverage the talent at local universities with interns and work study students who assist with education programs, exhibits, or work at the front desk.

The AAHOM Board of Trustees strives for diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, geography, and areas of expertise/skills. Board members have expertise in finance, business, banking, law, human resources, engineering, architecture, and education (K-12 and higher).

Volunteers add to organizational capacity by donating over 5,000 hours annually to deliver public programs, help with special events, give advice on technology initiatives and provide invaluable exhibit expertise. They come to us from local businesses (PNC Bank, Google), colleges and university student groups (EMU, WCC, and UM), local high schools, and community members.

• Total attendance of 295,464 set another all-time record in FY15 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015)
• Family membership of 7,700+ demonstrates the value families place in AAHOM as a destination for learning and exploration
• In FY15, Outreach programs reached 34,409 people with 518 programs.
• In FY15, Distance Learning programs reached 9,087 students in the U.S., Canada, and Australia
• Our 7th annual TechTwilight event in May showcased 35 local and regional innovators and entrepreneurs. Students groups from elementary schools up to the University of Michigan showcase their activities and projects. This event is one of our primary engagement vehicles for expansion of our programming in the community. Through TechTwilight, we have created several partnerships and collaborations in support of our proposed iCenter educational incubator initiative.
• We have piloted two adults-only evening events. The first one had the theme of “A Pint at the Museum" and the second “A Night of Wine and Chocolate." Both were sold out and supported by sponsors donating food and alcoholic beverages.
• The Discover Science Assistance Fund was established six years ago to address the decline in field trips due to cuts in school funding. In FY15, we disbursed over $65,000 to subsidize field trips from 200 schools that qualified based on the percentage of students who receive free and reduced-price lunch. DSAF funding also subsidizes Outreach and Distance Learning programs.
• Significant grant-funded programs include:
 Critters up Close, a collaborative program with Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC). One weekend a month, LSNC brings live animals to the Museum and AAHOM staff develops and delivers themed activities. This collaboration cross-promotes our two organizations, providing a suite of new and unique educational offerings.
 Healing through Hands-On Science is a collaboration with the Department of Child and Family Life at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The Museum delivers bimonthly weekday and quarterly weekend programs with outreach activities for patients and their families. We also developed backpacks with activities that patients can do in their hospital room. The staff at Mott, in turn, delivers health-based public programs at the Museum, including a popular “Teddy Bear Clinic," where children prepare stuffed animals for mock surgeries. We cross-train volunteers to work at Mott and AAHOM. This program has strengthened our partnership with the University of Michigan Health System, leading them to sponsor the “Nursing Nook" room in the Museum.
 My Turn is a community-wide program for children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. On the second Sunday of the month, six partners rotate opening their venues early exclusively for this audience. This fulfills a need for families to experience museums and other cultural programs in a quieter, sensory friendly environment. Check out the website:
www.myturncommunity.org.

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Board of directors
as of 03/23/2022
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Board chair

Donald Burke

Rehmann

Term: 2018 - 2024

Mel Drumm

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Michael Cole

Bank of Ann Arbor

Cynthia Gardner

PNC Bank

Don Burke

Rehmann

Megan Torrance

Torrance Learning

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