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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

Sarah Black
Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall

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

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