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.
This past fall, the Science Center hosted the 3rd annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire. In its third year, the Faire has grown to welcome close to 100 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from Nashville, all across Tennessee and surrounding states.
Field trips, labs, classes, demonstrations,
science clubs, intercession camps, outreach/in-school programs, science family
nights, assembly programs, exhibit-based programming, school camp-ins, distance
learning, and planetarium programs.
Full-dome educational programming ranging from the vast emptiness of space to the depths or the Earth's ocean. Traditional planetarium shows exploring the night sky, animated educational full-dome videos focusing on a wide range of science content, fun laser light shows accompanied by popular music, and innovative new content from artists. This breadth of offerings ensure all ages and demographics have content to enjoy. Planetarium programming is created by ASC staff, as well as leased from outside producers.
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
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