WE LOVE WHAT WE DO
Our close-knit team of dreamers works hard to achieve our mission to inspire lifelong learning and interest in STEM. Working at the Center is fast-paced, challenging, and gives us the opportunity to be collaborative and creative. We believe in what we do and we strive to make the Treasure Valley (and world) a better place, full of curious, scientifically literate citizens who know the power of lifelong learning. We believe in belonging and inclusion, and we believe STEM is for everyone.
Hannah Mae Schaeffer
Director of Operations
Fun Fact: "Sunlight takes 8 minutes to reach the earth"
Fun Fact: "The Hubble telescope can be used to see more than 13 billion years into the past!"
Director of Education
Fun Fact: "Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the scientific name for brain freeze"
Director of Development
Fun Fact: "The average temperature on Mars is approximately -81°F"
Fun Fact: "The latin name for ferret, Mustela putorius furo means "smelly little thief""
Fun Fact: "If you could drive directly up in a straight line at 60mph, you’d reach space in just over an hour."
Facility and Exhibits Manager
Fun Fact: "The Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland discharges 35 billion tons of icebergs per year into the Atlantic Ocean and flows at an average speed of 150 feet per day."
Visitor Services & Events Manager
Fun Fact: "It is impossible to eat 6 saltine crackers in 60 seconds without drinking anything...I've tried...Several times."
Membership & Communications Manager
Fun Fact: "Honey never spoils."
Event & Donation Coordinator
Fun Fact: "If your cat's eyes are closed, it's not necessarily because it's tired. A sign of closed eyes means your cat is happy or pleased."
Weekend Reception Supervisor
Fun Fact: "The Earth isn't flat, but according to the inflationary theory, the universe is measurably flat."
Fun Fact: "A group of tapirs is called a candle."