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About ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

Our Story

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum is an interactive science museum located in Ashland, Oregon, serving visitors of all ages throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. Founded in 2002 as a private response to a crisis in public science education, ScienceWorks is committed to inspiring wonder and stimulating creative exploration through fun interactive science.

In 2001, through a cooperative arrangement with the Kirlin Charitable Foundation and Southern Oregon University, ScienceWorks began leasing the 26,000 square foot building previously occupied by the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History. ScienceWorks brought life and vitality back into the long-closed structure, giving the building a fun and exciting new look. Hundreds of volunteers retrofitted the building, built exhibits and began implementation of the
strategic plan. Since opening in 2002, ScienceWorks has served nearly one million visitors and 100,000 K-12 students throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California, with 2,000 member households across the region.

Mission & Vision

Mission: To be a champion of science—inspiring curiosity, wonder, and exploration through engaging and interactive experiences.

Vision: ScienceWorks is a dynamic leader and community resource recognized throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California for inspiring curiosity and creating meaningful science experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Staff

Our staff is composed of a diverse and talented set of individuals, coming to the Museum with backgrounds in theatre, humanistic studies, anthropology, ecology, education, creative writing, information technology, graphic design and  pedagogy support. What they have in common is a love of science, exploration and community, and they work tirelessly to serve the Rogue Valley's science education needs.

Board of Directors

  • Cliff Edwards, President
  • Shane Sevcik, Treasurer
  • Kristin Nagy Catz, PhD, Secretary
  • Michael Mayerle
  • Scott Lewis
  • Krynn Lukacs, PhD
  • Shel Silverberg
  • Shannon Downey

Science Advisory Board

We invite you to consider joining our volunteer group of Science Advisors! This energetic set of folks bring fresh ideas, an infectious energy and unique perspectives as the museum plans exhibits, programs, and events.

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