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THE EMERALD COAST SCIENCE CENTER INC

Come discover the difference a hands-on encounter with science can make.

Ft Walton Bch, FL   |  www.ecscience.org

Mission

To inspire and grow a scientifically engaged community.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Mrs. Diane Fraser

Main address

31 Memorial Pkwy SW

Ft Walton Bch, FL 32548 USA

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Formerly known as

FOCUS Center

EIN

59-3317924

NTEE code info

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Florida Department of Education, in 2019, an average of only 60% of 5th graders and 56% of 8th graders in Okaloosa, Bay, Escambia, Walton, and Santa Rosa counties passed the Statewide Science Assessment portion of the Florida Standards Assessment. This data allowed ECSC to denote the correlation between science education and our community’s future to assess the critical need to provide students with enriched STEAM education prospects. Considering “only 20% of K-3 students and 35% of students in grades 4-6 have access to daily science instruction,” it is imperative that ECSC enriches student interest in STEM (Cafarella, McCulloch, & Bell, 2017). Another point ECSC considered is that STEM equipment requires a level of fiscal responsibility that might prevent numerous schools from procuring it, leading to a disadvantage to their student populations. By providing innovative educational experiences, it is ECSC’s goal to deliver meaningful educational experiences for all.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Family Science Night

During Family Science Night (FSN) we bring 15 interactive science activities to a local school where parents and/or caregivers experience science in an informal setting.  FSN is one of our most popular programs and is assisted by volunteers. Additional funding will allow ECSC to expand and improve our experiments without passing the cost on to our schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

ECSC brings lessons into local classrooms to educate students in STEM lessons and to help improve class Sunshine State Assessment test scores. Lessons focus on the most difficult portions of the standards and include all supplies, advanced materials and the educator.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Museum visits and visits with lessons for elementary and middle school children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A portable planetarium system that allows ECSC to bring stargazing into the local schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Science and Technology Centers 1998

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

By delivering state-of-the-art, immersive programming and exhibits, it is our goal to help students gain self-confidence and foster the curiosity to explore knowledge. This enrichment allows us to help grow STEM interest across Northwest Florida and show students the educational and career pathways these disciplines can offer them in the future.

ECSC enacts this goal by providing hands-on programs and experiences that simply cannot be found elsewhere in the county as the sole science museum in Okaloosa.

ECSC has highly-trained education staff, exhibits unique to its location, and support of community partners that allows our programming and center to thrive in its mission to create a scientifically literate community.

ECSC continues to develop cutting-edge curriculum and procure state-of-the-art exhibits to engage field trip students, families, and program participants to explore the many ways STEM makes the world around us possible. We strive to meet our mission with every program and every family that visits.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Improving the safety of all guests due to COVID19 surveys and level of comfort.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE EMERALD COAST SCIENCE CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 01/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Trigg


Board co-chair

Suzanne Looper

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/22/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.