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Adventure Science Center Asks for Help ‘Reimagining’
Public is encouraged to offer feedback
 
 
NASHVILLE, April 3, 2013—Adventure Science Center is asking all of Nashville for help imagining what a future version of the museum might look like.
 
Thanks to a generous grant from The Frist Foundation, ASC is updating its Exhibit Master Plan as an extension of strategic planning and re-branding. The effort is aimed at increasing community impact and charting a course toward becoming a world-class science center. Part of the process includes gathering feedback from the local community.
 
“We want to know what Nashville thinks about the Adventure Science Center and how we might look in the 21st century,” said President and CEO Susan Duvenhage. “We’re asking what the community likes, what it finds boring or outdated, what areas of science are underrepresented, and how we can improve.”
 
The public is encouraged to take the Community Vision survey at www.adventuresci.org/imaginesurvey or post favorite memories of the Science Center’s exhibits and programs on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdventureScienceCenter.
 
In addition to the online survey, the Science Center has engaged Thinc Design, an award-winning New York City-based design firm, to lead the exhibit master planning process. Thinc brings more than 15 years of experience with clients worldwide, including museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, zoos, theme parks and select corporations.
 
The Thinc team will be on-site April 5 – 8 for a series of workshops to garner feedback from visitors, members, educators, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, donors, and board members.  The Science Center also has assembled an external Science Advisory Committee of STEM professionals to discuss the areas of science that are essential to future exhibits and programs.
 
The information developed in workshops and gathered independently through interviews and community input will be combined to develop a strategically focused and phased Master Plan that integrates the aspirations of the Science Center with the needs and desires of its visiting and participating communities.
 
“Great science centers constantly change to stay relevant in terms of design and content but also to meet the needs of the visitors, stakeholders and the communities they serve,” Duvenhage said. “The Adventure Science Center is one of the treasures of this city. It holds special meaning to so many who live here or visit. We want everyone’s creative input on how to make it better.”
 
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.
 
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