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Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and September 4 - 5, 2019 for annual maintenance.

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Adventures in volunteering!

Volunteers are an integral part of the Adventure Science Center team! They are a dedicated group of individuals who serve a vital role in helping us achieve our mission to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering an understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved with Adventure Science Center through a variety of volunteer shifts and assignments. From ushering planetarium shows to facilitating activities at events, there is a place for everyone!

Please note: Adventure Science Center does not offer court-ordered community service as a volunteer opportunity.

General volunteers Community Collaborators Youth CR3W Special events

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If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please contact the volunteer services team at volunteer@adventuresci.org or (615) 401-5099.


General volunteer program

Volunteers work alongside Adventure Science Center staff and educators while assisting with daily operations, programs, and special events. Volunteer involvement is divided into several areas and assignments, which can be found by viewing our volunteer position descriptions below!

Requirements:

  • Must commit to volunteering for 6 months
  • Must complete a minimum of 25 hours of service during 6 month participation
  • Complete a background check (for ages 18+)
  • Minimum 14 years of age
  • Attend a volunteer orientation and additional training courses for your position, as needed
  • Submit a volunteer application»
Benefits:
  • 10% discount in ASC gift shop
  • Free individual or family membership after 100 hours
  • Participation in volunteer recognition program
  • Exclusive invitations to volunteer events and exhibit previews

Volunteer opportunities

Discovery Cart Facilitator

Explainers are trained by ASC learning specialist to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting Discovery Cart programs or by facilitating educational activities within exhibits throughout the science center. These programs are fun and add information and excitement to our guests’ visit and take their experience to the next level. Docents may also assist ASC science educators with programs and presentations during area outreach programs, discovery labs, and events. Pre-requisite: 20 hours of service as a general volunteer. Additional training required.

Early Explorers Assistant

On select Mondays, Early Explorers serves an opportunity to introduce preschoolers to the wonders of science before the Science Center opens to the general public! Exhibit exploration, planetarium show, story time, and more! Early Explorers Assistants will assist ASC Educators by leading activities and demonstrations as well as accompanying the group as they embark on their morning activities!

Innovation Incubator Assistant Maker

Do you like working with your hands, fixing things and talking to people? Volunteers will assist educators in the Innovation Incubator, ASC's Maker Space, by engaging guests through various hands-on activities and programs relating to innovation and technology!

ScienceQuest Camp Assistant

Camps at Adventure Science Center consist of a wide range of enrichment programs for youth in grades K-9 that combine science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover science for themselves. Camp programs are conducted on weekdays during the summer and school breaks. As a camp assistant, volunteers are responsible for helping camp counselors as well as the camp coordinator. This includes helping set up and clean up camp activities and supervising campers.

Homeschool Assistant

As a Homeschool Assistant, volunteers will assist ASC instructors with reaching the homeschool population of Nashville and surrounding areas through informative and exciting science classes! Homeschool Assistants may help with class set-up and break down and classroom management duties such as helping students with materials, following the group on museum tours, and helping respond to student questions! Homeschool classes will take place on every other Tuesday.

Family Fun Lab Assistant

Our Family Fun Labs offer opportunities for families to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics in engaging, hands-on ways together! Each lab presents new challenges with age-appropriate educational materials and activities to spark excitement in all participants. Volunteers will assist Educators with set-up/break-down of labs, check-in and facilitation of activities!

Monthly Theme Facilitator

Monthly Theme Facilitators are trained by ASC science educators to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting carts and activities unique to ASC monthly themes. These programs are fun and add information and excitement to our guests’ visit and take their experience to the next level.

Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator

Every day, ASC educators work hard to create material for our monthly themes! As a Super Science Saturday Activity Demonstrator, you help our educators bring their vision to life by assisting with education carts and activities related to our monthly event themes. Super Science Saturdays occur on the first Saturday of every month. On-site training will be provided.

Special Events Volunteer

Interested in helping out with our Way Late Play Dates? Maybe you want to help out at our Halloween Spooktacular Special events shifts consist of hands-on science activities and live science presentations and are typically on Saturdays or after hours during the week. Special events volunteers can help with anything from guest check-in, wayfinding, managing giveaways, and much more! Special events volunteers are also trained by ASC science educators to add value to our guests’ experiences by presenting carts and activities unique to our special events themes. Note: Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older to volunteer for Way Late Play Dates.

Planetarium Assistant

Adventure Science Center offers a wide variety of full dome programming in the Sudekum Planetarium. Planetarium Assistants will assist with collecting visitor tickets, seating guests, parking strollers, providing basic guidance to the public during the planetarium show, and helping check for debris/lost items among seats between shows. Planetarium Assistants will be stationed inside the theater during shows, and see a variety of shows throughout the day. Note: This position involves extended time in a low-light, irregularly shaped theater with curving staircases.

Gift Shop Demonstrator

Demonstrate exciting gift shop merchandise to guests in the store or lobby! Volunteers may also assist visitors in selecting an ASC remembrance to take home or help gift shop team members with general retail functions.

BodyQuest Exhibit Facilitator

BodyQuest Exhibit Facilitators will assist guests as they undergo a hands-on exploration of the human body! Volunteer facilitator’s role will include assisting with exhibit facilitation, education, and supervision. Interested in something hands on? Exhibit facilitators can facilitate cart activities related to the exhibit to guests! Note: Must be able to articulate thoughts and ideas in a clear fashion.

Space Chase Exhibit Facilitator

Space Chase Exhibit Facilitators will assist guests as they undergo a hands on exploration of our Universe! Volunteer facilitator’s role will include assisting with exhibit facilitation, education, and supervision. Interested in something hands on? Exhibit facilitators can facilitate cart activities relating to the exhibit and planetarium to guests! Must be able to clearly articulate information.

Destination Exploration Facilitator

Designed for children ages six and under and their accompanying grownups, Destination Exploration offers an assortment of fun, hands-on activities designed to encourage discovery through play. As a Destination Exploration Host, volunteers will assist in facilitating play and hands on activities for young children and their families.

Temporary Exhibit Facilitator

Temporary Exhibit Facilitators assist guests in our temporary exhibit gallery by greeting visitors, providing information as guest’s transition through the exhibit, and facilitating an educational experience for all! Our temporary exhibits change every 3-5 months and volunteers must complete a scavenger hunt for each exhibition before they may volunteer in the exhibit.

Administration Volunteer

Do you enjoy working on projects behind the scenes? Administration volunteers will work with Adventure Science Center staff in the offices on various small projects. These tasks can include preparing mail-outs, prepping educational program supplies, filing, scanning, data entry, taking phone calls, etc. These shifts are available as needed by administrative staff.

 

Community collaborators

Is your corporation, college group, or organization interested in volunteering? Then consider partnering with us! Our Community Collaborators program matches working professionals/ community volunteers with engaging opportunities for public service. Serving your local community with peers creates new opportunities for learning, cooperation, and leadership. We encourage our Community Collaborators to share their experience, talent, and passion with ASC staff, visiting schools groups and guest from around the world. 

Tennessee Promise students, if you are interested in completing your service hours through Adventure Science Center, you must complete the community collaborator application and attend a one-hour orientation before volunteering. Tennessee Promise orientations are offered the last Sunday of every month and count towards your service hours. 

Requirements:

Note: Adventure Science Center cannot accommodate groups larger than 20 persons.

For more information about our upcoming events, please visit our event calendar at http://www.adventuresci.org/calendar

 


Youth CR3W (high school volunteers)

More than just another extracurricular, Youth CR3W is a program that prepares Nashville teens for college and the working world. Students are encouraged to apply as high school freshmen, committing to the program for four years. However, any high school student is welcome to apply for this exciting program! Pronounced “crew,” the “3” in CR3W represents three E’s: engage, explore, and explain. Learn more»

Program expectations:

  • Volunteer at science center public events at least one Saturday per month
  • Volunteer with at least one ScienceQuest Camp during the year
  • Interact with the general public as an exhibit explainer and through hands-on activities
  • Maintain good academic standing at school (“B” average in standard academic courses)
  • Attend Youth CR3W field trips, which may include visiting colleges, labs and makerspaces
  • Represent the museum within the building and community
  • CR3W in years 2, 3, and 4 are presented the opportunity to participate in a mentorship alongside our Scientists on Site program
  • Apply to three colleges / universities for admission during senior year.

 


Special events volunteers (21+)

Let's face it... Adventure Science Center couldn't host its amazing special events without the support of many volunteers! They ensure registration and check-in runs smoothly, support educators with live science programming, and so much more. Our special events volunteer program focuses on our big events of the year, including Way Late Play Dates, Science of Beer, Red, White & BOOM, and more!

Requirements:

Special benefit: Volunteer at 3special events, get 1 free ticket to attend!

 

We will be closed for annual maintenance on Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5 to make sure your next adventure is amazing!

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
615-862-5160
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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