SAN ANTONIO CHILDRENS MUSEUM

San Antonio's Museum for Kids

aka The DoSeum   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.thedoseum.org

Mission

Through joyful learning and discovery, The DoSeum Experience grows curious minds, connects families, and transforms communities. The DoSeum is much more than a children’s museum. It’s a place where interactive fun and hands-on learning come together—a place where minds are always at play. The DoSeum offers exhibits, programs, camps, classes, and field trips designed for all learners, encouraging young minds to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy. Originally founded as San Antonio Children’s Museum, The DoSeum has grown over the past 25 years to become a premier leader in informal education, while still staying true to the mission of connecting families and transforming communities.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Mr. Daniel Menelly

Main address

2800 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209 USA

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EIN

74-2659746

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children in the United States are facing a STEM crisis on a local and national scale. While the necessity for jobs in STEM fields is increasing, very few students are being adequately prepared in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Studies have shown that teachers report spending 60 minutes or less per week on science in elementary grades, while 16% of teachers in this study reported spending no time at all on science. With San Antonio students consistently underperforming in STEM-related subjects, their future success and our community economic development efforts will be impacted.

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?

Strengthening Schools & Families

Proven to strengthen relationships among teachers, caregivers and students, Strengthening Schools and Families is a series of educator professional development and family learning engagements at both The DoSeum and schools. During the 2019-2020 school year, almost 700 children and their families were served through the Strengthening Schools and Families program before service interruption due to COVID-19.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

The DoSeum seeks to provide joyful hands-on learning experiences to kids on-site at The DoSeum, in ways that promote problem solving and critical thinking. During our Field Experiences, children are taken on a guided exploration of our exhibits and interact in a formal investigation in a classroom space; this investigatory time is based on themed topics that correlate with State standards in the subject area. In 2019, we served 14,014 students through Field Experiences. This program serves as a model of exceptional inquiry-based learning experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Camps teach and reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content in order to combat the learning loss that occurs during school breaks. In 2019, nearly 900 campers participated in our on-site programs, with over 40 campers attending through our DoSeum for All scholarship program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

STEM Afterschool sessions run for 10 weeks per semester at each of our Title I partner schools. During these times, students engage in hands-on STEM activities designed to encourage inquiry and design thinking. Each year we serve over 100 students in our STEM Afterschool program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Now in its fifth cycle, the STEM Teacher Cohort strengthens teachers’ knowledge and skillsets in delivering a nationally-recognized curriculum- Engineering is Elementary, developed by the Museum of Science, Boston- while building a community of practice to support continued growth and fuel student learning. The program includes monthly educator workshops, a two-week summer practicum at The DoSeum, multiple classroom visits from DoSeum staff to support instruction and all necessary supplies and materials.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Field Experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Field Experiences underwent a service level interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen when schools will resume field trips.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Field Experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Field Experiences were discontinued after March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen when schools will resume field trips.

Maximum number of participants allowed on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Field Experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each group is divided in to smaller sizes on site, and focus on interactive play through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), which we integrate with literacy and creative arts concepts.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Field Experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Field Experiences underwent a service level interruption in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains to be seen when schools will resume field trips.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With 104,000 sq ft of space for children to explore, The DoSeum has been so honored to host many families and friends, and continuously look for ways to improve our guest experience as we grow.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The DoSeum was closed to the public from mid-March 2020 through the end of June 2020. The DoSeum reopened at 50% capacity by July 2020 with Free Family Nights resuming in August.

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.

Studies indicate that integrating STEM in the early years is crucial to fostering a passion for science in children (Nurturing STEM Skills in Young Learners, PreK-3, 2014). Even so, research suggests this exposure often needs to occur outside of the formal education environment. This is where The DoSeum comes in, as we aim to serve as a premier educational resource by developing innovative thinkers capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

The DoSeum is proud to address this community need for literacy in STEM subjects through thoughtfully designed, STEM- focused programming. We provide a valuable informal learning space for children to gain critically important knowledge (and passion!) that will stay with the students through school and into the workforce. At the heart of our mission is a focus on underserved populations and our expanded programming was developed to ensure all children and families in our community have the ability to experience The DoSeum.

Our Primary Strategies include:

Out-of-School Time - The DoSeum offers quality Out-of-School Time programming that includes: Camps, Field Experiences, Free Family Nights, Museums for All accessibility effort, and Public Programs such as Beyond Limits (programming providing sensory friendly accommodations).

Outreach - We engage children and their caregivers and educators in thoughtful, often intensive programming that takes place both at The DoSeum and at off-site locations (primarily the campuses of our school partners). Examples include: STEM Afterschool programs, Strengthening Schools and Families, and Summer Outreach. In 2018, over 12,500 kids benefited from our outreach programs.

Educator Professional Development - We provide STEM-focused professional development opportunities to educators from across San Antonio, with a focus on those working in Title I schools. To add more depth to our content delivery, we bring the educators’ students to The DoSeum to put their learning into context through hands-on, problem solving activities.

Through the construction of our beautifully designed, 104,000 square foot museum, we have been able to increase our impact in the community. We now offer six permanent galleries (Imagine It!, Spy Academy, Sensations Studio- Playing with light and sound, Explore, Innovation Station, and Little Town) and an expanded suite of programs geared towards engaging children, caregivers, and educators with age appropriate content. From our Out-of School time to Field Experiences, The DoSeum has impacted San Antonio and Bexar County residents.

The DoSeum is continuously pursuing innovative ideas to better serve our community through these programs. Each year, in addition to our permanent exhibits, we offer two traveling exhibits focused on deepening STEM knowledge in our young guests. Most recently, our summer exhibition called Going Places provides a fun STEM experience that immerses visitors in the science of getting around over land, sea, air, and space.

As the only museum in San Antonio solely focused on children 0-11 years old, The DoSeum's innovative strategy to engage children in STEM discovery and learning makes it a celebrated model. We continuously strive to provide excellence in our operations and evolve programming to meet the highest needs in our community. Since 2015, we have welcomed over 2 million guests and provided joyful discovery and connection moments for children and caregivers, while our community programming has served thousands of early learners, parents and educators. We will continue to build strong community partnerships, ensure access to high-quality exhibits, and seek to engage underserved communities through our Out-of-School Time, Outreach, and Professional Development programming.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children ages 0-11, their caregivers, educators, and other non-profit organizations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SAN ANTONIO CHILDRENS MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 6/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Tinsley Smith

Zachry Group

Term: 2021 - 2022

Megan Rooney

H-E-B

Kim Lewis

Community Volunteer

Emilie Petty

Capital 300, Inc.

Tinsley Smith

Zachry Group

Carla Brozovich

Community Volunteer

Suzanne Goudge

Broadway Bank

Jeff Brouillard

Wells Fargo

Kathy MacNaughton

Masters Leadership Program

Angelica Palm

The Bank of San Antonio

Chris Quinn

Valero Energy Corporation

Chris Cho

NuStar Energy

Rudy Reyna

STEM Education Consultant

Frank Almaraz

CPS Energy

Arturo Burgueno

Everest Retirement Planners

Amy Garcia

Feik Enterprise Board

Anna Ziegler

Risk Management

Philip Kang

USAA

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/29/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.