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) 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. Thanks to a steadfast belief in the power of STEaM when placed in the hands of pre-K through 8th graders, we enjoy one of the highest annual attendance rates at a science center in the State of Michigan: over 290,000 visitors in the last year. We have over 7,750 family members, demonstrating the value they find in our exhibits and programs.

Over 5.4 million visitors have visited AAHOM since it opened its doors in 1982, making it one of the most popular science centers in the State of Michigan. In the last fiscal year (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015), 73% of AAHOM visitors came from five counties in Southeast Michigan as follows: Washtenaw (32.8%), Wayne (22.7.%), Oakland (13.6%), Livingston (3.4%), and Macomb (3.4%).

Our outreach programs serve the State of Michigan and northern Ohio. In the last fiscal year, we delivered 518 outreach programs.

Distance learning programs reach schools through the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

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


The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) 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. Thanks to a steadfast belief in the power of STEaM when placed in the hands of pre-K through 8th graders, we enjoy one of the highest annual attendance rates at a science center in the State of Michigan: over 290,000 visitors in the last year. We have over 7,750 family members, demonstrating the value they find in our exhibits and programs.

AAHOM opened 33 years ago in an historic firehouse in downtown Ann Arbor and quickly became the cornerstone of informal science education in the community. This was achieved by working with scientists, artists, designers, engineers, and innovators who transferred their extraordinary talents and knowledge into the creation of simple, effective science exhibits that can be understood by children, their families, and audiences of all ages. Following several expansions, AAHOM now occupies 40,000 square feet, with 20,000 devoted to exhibit space for 250+ interactive exhibits designed to promote science discovery and literacy.

Our education programs align with State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards. Outreach and Distance Learning programs served 44,823 people off site in FY15. Our temporary, traveling exhibits have been displayed in libraries, community centers, and shopping malls throughout the state.

Because AAHOM is dedicated to ensuring that our doors are open to all children, regardless of ability to pay admission charges, we offer discounted or free admission to Title One schools, families with patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House guests, subsidized housing residents, special needs children and adults, and ESL families. The Discover Science Assistance Fund was established six years ago in response to schools seeking financial assistance for field trips. Schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunch are eligible for this funding. We are proud that in FY15 we subsidized visits from 200 schools, serving 13,219 students, thanks to grants and donations to this fund.

We accomplish our mission with 20 full-time and up to 40 part-time staff members, as well as interns, work-study students and volunteers. Volunteers include over 400 community members, professors, high school and college students, and local business people who donate over 5,000 hours of their time annually towards helping AAHOM deliver exceptional programs, events, and exhibits.

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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 4/26/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Esau

Cornerstone Design, Inc.

Mel Drumm Executive Director

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

David Esau Architect

Cornerstone Design Inc.

Megan Torrance President

TorranceLearning

Michael Cole President, Technology Industry Grop

Bank of Ann Arbor

William Gosling University Librarian Emeritus

University of Michigan

Gina Finney Human Resources Manager

Aernnova Engineering US, Inc.

Cynthia Gardner Senior Vice President and Regional Manager

PNC Bank

Tom McKarns President

ECO PHYSICS, INC.

Timothy McKay Professor of Physics and Astronomy

University of Michigan

Anne Marsan Senior Software Architect

CareEvolution, Inc.

Richard Sheridan CEO and Chief Storyteller

Menlo Innovations, LLC

Karl Zinn Research Scientist Emeritus

University of Michigan

Emily Palacios Attorney

Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC

Chris Imwalle Manager

Amcor Rigid Plastics

Shorya Awtar Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

Don Burke Principal

Rehmann

Donna Doleman Senior Vice President for Operations and Communications

Ann Arbor SPARK

Rohan Kheterpal Student

Skyline High School, Ann Arbor

Chandramouli Krishnan Student

Huron High School, Ann Arbor

Andrew Lund Chief Engineer

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing NA, Inc.

David Rock CEO/President

NovoDynamics, Inc.

Allen Samuels Professor and Dean of Art & Design, Emeritus

University of Michigan

James Scapa CEO, Chairman and Founder

Altair

Ron Sniderman Director of Innovation & Programming

Community Telecommunications Network

Evan Ufer Partner

Plymouth Ventures

Mahya Wood Toxicologist

NSF International