Thinkery is Austin’s home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Mission

To create innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

Vision

A creative community with a passion for lifelong learning and discovery.

Key Values

We will be INCLUSIVE by making every facet relevant and accessible to all.

We will promote EXCELLENCE as a dynamic standard for which we serve at the very best of our ability.

We will amplify RESPECT by treating people with honor and dignity.

We will spark INNOVATION by embracing risk and seeing failure as lessons learned.

We will encourage PLAYFULNESS with the confidence to let go and enjoy.

We will foster COOPERATION by working together to form a collaborative best.

We will unleash CREATIVITY by exploring the path between what is and what can be imagined.


Austin Children’s Museum was founded in 1983 by a grassroots group of parents and educators who wanted local children to have more educational and cultural opportunities. At that time we were a “museum without walls”—our founder drove tabletop exhibits around town in her station wagon and presented activities and programs in schools, parks, libraries and even malls.

In 1987, we settled into our first brick-and-mortar home – a 5,000 square foot building on West 5th street. For the next ten years we presented exhibits, experiences, and educational programs for local kids and families. During this time, we developed exhibits that traveled to other children’s museums around the country, gaining quite a reputation.


West 5th Street Location

By the mid 1990’s, Austin was booming and we had outgrown our home. Fortunately, the community recognized the importance of our organization and supported an expansion campaign. The result was our 1997 move to Downtown Austin’s warehouse district. Relocating to our 2nd Street facility through a 10-year, rent-free lease was a huge step for Austin Children’s Museum, but we knew when we opened the doors that Austin was growing and we’d eventually need to expand.

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2nd Street Location

In December 2013, Austin Children’s Museum became Thinkery and opened at its new location – a 40,000 square foot facility in the Mueller community. Thinkery delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits and programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Museum activities revolve around educational experiences led by staff, so each visit is different from the last.
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Thinkery, at the Meredith Learning Lab. Architectural and building
design by Koning Eizenberg and STG Design. Exhibit design by Gyroscope, Inc.

2015-2016 Executive Committee

Yuen Yung, Board President
Casoro Capital

Jimmy Kull, Treasurer
Cypress Point Wealth Management

Jessica Palvino, Secretary
McGinnis Lochridge

Members at Large

Drew Bixby
Gila, LLC

Elizabeth Bray

Mollie Butler
Butler Nonprofit Consulting

Greg Dickenson
TG

Susan Espinoza
Pantanal Investments

Karen Harrell
HR Executive Services, LLC

Lisa Henken Ramirez
NetSpend

Rachel L. Irvin
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Richard McDonell
National Instruments

Amy Clark Meachum
Judge, 201st District Court

Melissa Morrow
West Austin Youth Association

Sharad Mudhol

David Osborne
Osborne Advisors

Gary Perez
Under Armour Connected Fitness

Stephen Shang
Falcon Structures

Carla Piñeyro Sublett
Rackspace

Jerry Sun

Marcus Turner
Enola Labs

Colin Westmoreland
DrillingInfo

Lisa Zapalac
the number lab

Administration

Carol Drennan
Interim Executive Director 

Devin Thomas
Director of Finance

Desmond Startin
Finance Manager

Margie Novak
Human Resources Generalist

Sarah Toombs
Executive Assistant

Experience

Allison Lowe
Staffing & Operations Manager

Liz Rush-Smyth
Visitor Services and Operations Manager

Dana Mahoney
Volunteer Resources Manager

Emily Mitis
Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Teen Programs

Alejandra Avalos
Reservations Specialist

Ultima Castro
Visitor Services Coordinator

Vanessa Smith
Store Buyer

Education

Robin Gose, Ed. D.
Director of Education

Katie Kizziar
Associate Director of Research & Innovation

Adrienne Barnett
Associate Director of Programs

Heather Singh
Gallery Education Manager

Kate Moon
Public Programs Coordinator

Amy Wiggin
Camp Coordinator

Debra Hardy
Assistant Camp Coordinator

Alex Morrison
Maker Education Coordinator

Riley Calderon
Technology Education Specialist

Claire Blakely
STEAM Educator

Clara Merchant
Kitchen Lab Coordinator

Denise MacLeod
School Programs Specialist

Rory McDougal
Technology Education Specialist

Brenda Lopez
Community Education Manager

Exhibits

Matt Stalberger
Associate Director of Exhibits

Jake Harwood
Exhibits Manager

Shawn Hill
Facilities Supervisor

Bryce Newcomb
Exhibit Technician

Development

Adrienne Longenecker
Director of Development and Marketing

Leah Thornton
Membership & Annual Giving Manager

Sarah Dean
Development & Membership Coordinator

KC Schanbaum
Development & Membership Coordinator

Lauren Bradshaw
Marketing & Communications Manager

Kate Stevenson
Communications & Brand Identity Designer

Taylor Grobelny
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Rachel Petrichenko
Event Rentals Coordinator

Thinkery is firmly commitment to your privacy. We do not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. This policy is your guide to how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website and museum.

 

Use of Links
Within our website, we may provide links to other servers which may contain information of interest to our readers. We take no responsibility for, and exercise no control over, the organizations, views, or accuracy of the information contained on other servers. Creating a text link from your website to our site does not require permission.

 

Use of Text and Images
If you would like to publish information that you find on our website, please send your request to marketing@thinkeryaustin.org. Where text or images are posted on our site with the permission of the original copyright holder, a copyright statement appears at the bottom of the page.

 

Accessibility
This website is designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities, and to comply with federal guidelines concerning accessibility. We welcome your comments. If you have suggestions on how to make the site more accessible, please contact us at marketing@thinkeryaustin.org.

 

Reading or Downloading
We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, if you are connecting via a Time Warner Cable network or AT&T network), the date and time you access our site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked to our site. This is all information obtained through Google Analytics. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

 

Contact Information and Donations
If you complete the online profile update form and share your personally identifying information, this information will be used only to provide you with more targeted content. We may use your contact information to send further information about our organization or to contact you when necessary. You may always opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the “Opt Out” section below.

In supporting Thinkery, whether through donations or membership, we will ask that you provide personal information to us, including name, address, email, and phone number. This information will be used to correspond with you regarding to your support. We will never sell your personal information. We will occasionally share Member information, specifically names and addresses (we will never share your giving history, phone number or email address) with like-minded non-profit organizations in Austin. To request that your name and address not be shared, please send an email request to membership@thinkeryaustin.org.

 

Sending us an Email
You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment, or by filling out a Web form that provides us this information. We use personally identifying information from email primarily to respond to your requests. We may forward your email to other employees who are better able to answer you questions. We may also use your email to contact you in the future about our programs that may be of interest.

We will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Providing such information is strictly voluntary. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with any outside parties.

If you sign up for one of our email lists, we will only send you the kinds of information you have requested. We won’t share your name or email address with any outside parties.

 

Opt-Out or Change Your Contact Information
You may choose to receive only specific communications (such as our newsletter) or none at all. You may also update your contact information previously provided to us through another online form. You can not remove yourself from our database, but you can prevent unwanted communication. To request that your name and address not be shared, please send an email request to membership@thinkeryaustin.org.

 

Photo Policy
Periodically, Thinkery takes photographs and video of museum visitors and activities for use in web and social media material. These photos and videos do not identify visitors (unless given expressed consent), and are used to highlight Thinkery exhibits and events as well as our museum mission and key values. With admission into Thinkery, you give permission to the museum for the recording of photographs and/or video of yourself and your dependents. You grant the museum all rights to post these images on our social media, and other purposes which advance the overall mission of the museum. All rights to the photographs and video belong to the museum. If you want a photograph or video removed of yourself or dependents on any of our web channels, please contact us at marketing@thinkeryaustin.org.

 

Questions about our policies
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact us at marketing@thinkeryaustin.org.

Thinkery is funded through a combination of philanthropic gifts and earned income. Additionally, the museum is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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