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Mission Statement:

The mission of Hands On! is to inspire discovery and understanding of science and the arts in a place where learning and fun go hand in hand.

Purpose Statement:

To become the premier regional destination for interactive discovery.

Diversity Statement:

Hands On! welcomes folks of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, and income levels to discover where learning and fun go hand-in-hand!

Hands on Museum - group of school children spending the day at the Gray Fossil Site

About Us

Hands On! Discovery Center is an all-ages science center offering fun interactive programs and experiences that include immersive interactive exhibits, a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, a 3-story Paleo Tower, and an art studio.  Guests are invited to engineer a rocket, create a masterpiece, and uncover something new.

Get up close and personal with an active fossil dig site dating back 5 million years with exhibits and programs featuring plant and animal fossils that have been unearthed at the Gray Fossil Site including tapir, red panda, rhinoceros, a 10-ton mastodon, and many more! 

Board of Directors

Helen Harmon – Chair
Senior HR Manager, General Electric/Fieldcore

Marcy Walker – Vice Chair
Associate Attorney, Hunter Smith Davis LLP

Jim Dorton – Treasurer
Retired CFO, NN Inc

Will Barrett – Immediate Past Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Bank of Tennessee

Dr. Amy Malkus – Secretary
Associate Professor, ETSU – Early Childhood Education

Dr. Robbie Anderson
Director of Accountability and School Improvement, Johnson City Schools

Paul Carter
VP Commercial Operations – Americas , ThermoFisher Scientific

Jennifer Clements
Executive Director of University Events, ETSU

Doug Fabick
Regional Director – Southeast, Prime Medical Training

Rebecca Hayden
Senior Manager – Recreation and Shoreline Management, Tennessee Valley Authority

Scott Jenkinson
Clinical Instructor, ETSU – Department of Instruction/Learning

Sarah Presnell
CPA, Senior Manager – Tax Department, Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall

Steve Scheu
Retired CEO, Time and Pay

Mark Stevans
Director of Special Projects, First Tennessee Development District

Dineen West
President, CainRashWest Architects

Hands On! Board Members serve a 3-year term and may serve more than one term. They are responsible for establishing policies of the museum, create a vision for the museum’s future, and provide leadership for the museum. The Board meets 10 times each year. Board members are expected be involved in at least one committee: Education and Exhibits, Fundraising, Facilities, and Finance.

Annual Report

2018-2019 Annual Report

Hands on Museum - colorful and playfully drawn plants