Science Mill has new management
Peter Claffey was recently hired as the new CEO of Science Mill, an interactive STEM museum located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Courtesy and staff photos
Peter Claffey is the new CEO of mill of science, the nonprofit recently reported. The interactive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Museum is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City
Claffey was hired after a nationwide search. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Interim CEO Dr. Bob Elde will continue as the museum’s scientific director and secretary to the board of trustees.
Claffey brings two decades of leadership experience in community-oriented science and youth museums, the press release continues. As Executive Director of the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, he established successful partnerships with local independent school districts and city officials that increased student access to STEM programs.
“The Science Mill is poised to bring its STEM career program to even more students in even more communities,” said Dr. Bonnie Baskin, founder and chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “With Peter’s leadership, we are thrilled to see the factory’s list of innovative STEM career camps, clubs, museum excursions and classroom labs expand year-round to reach more school districts across Texas and beyond.”
Baskin, a career scientist and entrepreneur, established the Science Mill in 2015, after founding and serving as CEO of two successful biotech companies. His team transformed an 1880s flour mill into a regional destination for families and schools with state-of-the-art, highly interactive exhibits and programs that ignite curiosity about STEM and inspire young people to embark on related careers. .
“Providing opportunities for all children to learn by doing is a passion of mine,” said Claffey, who has previously started Maker Space programs at other institutions. “I immediately identified with Science Mill’s hands-on, thoughtful approach and mission to foster student inquiry, creativity, and entrepreneurial skills as future leaders in STEM. We aim to improve access to STEM learning and address the early inequalities that create barriers to STEM careers for too many young Texas people.
To learn more about the Science Mill and its exhibits, events, hours and admission, visit his website.