About

Mission of the Spartanburg Science Center

Mission

 

The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center will provide science education and enrichment for the students and adults of Spartanburg County by providing educational programs, lectures and hands-on exhibits.

History

 

For the past 38 years, the John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center has brought scientific knowledge and supplementary science education to students in Spartanburg County. Last year, Executive Director John Green and the Science Center team conducted over 500 educational programs, which educated more than 25,000 children.  The Center’s aim is to educate these students while keeping the cost low.  Since the Science Center is a non-profit, this has been achieved through generous donations and grants.

The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. Specifically, the vision of the Spartanburg Science Center is to become the centerpiece for science education and enrichment for the children and adults of Spartanburg County by providing educational programs, lectures, and hands-on experiences.  The original mission of the Science Center founders was to establish a conservation center within Spartanburg County where land and people can be united for scientific, cultural, recreational, and educational pursuits.  The first Spartanburg Science Center was housed in the Springs Street School.

In October 2007, the Spartanburg Science Center moved into the Chapman Cultural Center. This new facility made it possible to add more in-house programs for students and adults.  A variety of hands-on exhibits, ranging from physics and engineering to biology and environmental sciences were added to the Center.

Our Staff

Jennifer Hoy

Executive Director

Jennifer Hoy was appointed to the position in August 2016. She comes to the Center with a track record of helping non-profits maximize their resources and their outreach efforts. Previously, she served as the Chief Executive Officer for a 300 member trade association in Spartanburg County, and as a major gift officer for a large advocacy group in the Washington, D.C. area. She loves to watch the Science Center come alive with the enthusiasm of its young visitors each week.

Peter Lembcke

Educational Program Director

Peter Lembcke graduated from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay as a Biology major.  Before working at the Science Center, he worked at USC Upstate’s Watershed Ecology Center.  In his free time, Peter enjoys looking for reptiles and amphibians in the wild.

Mary Levens

Officer Manager

Mary Levens taught public school for 43 years.  She was with Spartanburg District 7 schools from 1978 until her retirement.  She served as President of the South Carolina Science Council and is currently their Archivist.  Her love of science and teaching children has been her main focus throughout her career.

Jeff Young

Robotics Coach & STEM Consultant

Jeff received his degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and his Masters in Educational Technology from Lesley University. As a gifted and talented teacher in Spartanburg School District 6, he integrates technology into his classroom teaching daily. At the Science Center, Jeff coaches the junior robotics team during the school year, and conducts our much anticipated robotics camps during the summer. He and his wife Stephanie have three children and robotics enthusiasts: Luke, Natalie and Grayson.

John Green

Executive Director – Emeritus

John Green is from Ohio where he earned his BS degree from Ohio University in Wildlife and Forestry. Mr. Green served as the Executive Director of the Spartanburg Science Center from 1979 until his retirement in May 2016. Over the past three decades, he has educated thousands of youth from Spartanburg and across the Upstate. Mr. Green’s goal is to provide science education to local children with hands-on opportunities.

Board of Directors

 

Jonathan Storm, President

Chip Johnson, Vice President

Rob Augustyniak

Julian Hankinson

Alexander Harvey

Elisa Harvey

Dotty Morris

Lisa Williams Norris

Adam Newberry

Rich Rhodes

Amanda Richardson

Myron Shuler

David Sorrels

Sasha Stankovich

Board of Director Meetings

 

The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center Board of Directors meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at the Spartanburg Science Center at 5:45pm.

Persons interested in serving on the Science Center Board can contact the Executive Director or Office Manager by calling (864) 583-2777 or emailing to science@spartanburgsciencecenter.org

Spartanburg Science Center Contact  Details

Address: 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC  29316
Phone #: (864) 583-2777

Email: science@spartanburgsciencecenter.org

Executive Director: jhoy@spartanarts.org

Office Manager: mlevens@spartanarts.org

Educational Programs Director: plembcke@spartanarts.org