Family Feature- The Freemans!

Chloe Freeman

When asked how she would describe Akron Fossils & Science Center (AFSC) to someone who had never been here before, Chloe Freeman had one word, “Amazing.” A student in the Simply Science program for 3 years now, Chloe is more excited about science than ever before.

Simply Science, for those who don’t know, is Akron Fossils & Science Center’s program offering K-12 science courses for home educated students. Classes explore a wide variety of science fields, covering everything from Anatomy to Botany to Crime Scene Investigation.

At 13, Chloe already has her sights set on a future in science. With the goal of becoming a Marine Biologist, she has started looking for colleges that specialize in this area of study. Her interest in the subject grew while taking Marine Biology at AFSC last year. Not only did Chloe complete her science fair project on bioluminescence, her mother, Karen,  shared that Chloe insisted the family visit the local marine biology center during the family’s vacation.

Watching Chloe talk about the classes and work excitedly with her friends in class, it’s clear that AFSC is more than just a place she is required to go in order to complete her science credit. In fact, she doesn’t have to come at all. This year, Chloe is enrolled in online science courses, but she still chose to participate in Simply Science, just because she enjoys it.

“The classes are amazing, the teachers are amazing. It’s just so much easier to learn here because it’s fun.  Miss. Jodie and the activities make it easy to understand, more than just reading it out of a book. If it were possible, I wish I could take all my classes here.”

Chloe first came to AFSC after her mother learned about Simply Science through a friend.  Karen had always homeschooled Chloe, but, because science wasn’t a favorite or strong subject of her own, she thought Simply Science would be a good way to give her daughter a richer, more in-depth science education than she could get at home.

One facet of Simply Science that both Karen and Chloe highlighted was the Annual

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Science Fair 2016

Science Fair. Having watched her older children participate in science fairs through public schools, Karen recalls being left to figure out much of the science fair process alone. Conversely, Jodie spent the time with Chloe and the other students to walk them through the process, from discussing the purpose of a science fair, to teaching them how to do good research, all the way to how to professionally present a project.

Last year, Chloe’s science fair project was on, no surprise here, Marine Biology, studying bioluminescence in different types of light. This year, Chloe decided to do a project with several friends in her Botany class. Together they are researching the effect of different light and fertilizer on tomato growth.

While the science fair was Chloe’s absolute favorite project she’s worked on so far, it was by no means the only one she enjoyed.  When asked what project or experiment she’s liked most, she replied “Just one?” Also in the running were the class’s hydroponics project and a video the students got to make for class.

Outside of studying ocean life, Chloe loves to read. When asked what she enjoys reading, Chloe replied, “Books on marine biology, books on space, and I’m reading a book on Mars and growing food there. “ She also added in a love for other books within the Sci-Fi genre.

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Chloe’s passion for science and learning is contagious, as is her energetic and friendly personality. Thank you to the Freeman family for sharing your story!

Check back here next month to meet our next Feature Family: The Hendersons!

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Learn more about Simply Science: K-12 Science Classes for home educated students!

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Creation Education: Does It Matter?

Creation education. It’s important and something we want our children to know, but in a world full of violence, poverty, and the loss of absolute truth, many argue that there are more important ways to spend your time, focus, and money.  In the midst of all of these struggles, some have argued that creation vs. evolution, young earth vs. old earth, literal vs. metaphorical interpretations– is all just semantics. “Can’t we all just get along?”  they ask. But what happens when you take away the basis of what our faith is built upon ? What happens to our faith and what are the repercussions for our youth, the church, and the world? Here at AFSC, we would argue that the importance of creation education is not only a vital part of being able to defend God’s truth in the classroom and the world, but that it is a vital part of how we live out and view our faith.

Before we address the importance of having well educated, scientifically literate children, let us first address the importance of the creation argument among the world’s many other troubles. Some argue “don’t people just need to become Christians? Why does any of the rest matter?”.  Yes, of course salvation is of the utmost importance–but that’s just the problem. If the creation story is false, how can the Bible speak with authority on anything else, including the Gospel message? Can we ask people to put their faith in a religion that would admit that its entire foundation is little more than a metaphor? To do so would be to ask people to put their faith in something that is often presented with only a little more merit than the story of Santa Claus- one based on a real man and real events, but which is ultimately fictional and has become heavily interwoven with myths and fables over time.  Additionally,  without Adam’s original sin, there is no need for a savior. When we begin to question one part of the Bible, it undermines everything else. Yes, bringing people to salvation is of vital importance, which is why it is equally vital that we take a stand for Biblical creation.

If we  then agree that the truth of creation is of the utmost importance in our faith and outreach, then let us move on to why it is important to thoroughly educate ourselves and our children in science, archaeology, and history which is rooted firmly on Biblical truth.  Unfortunately, many feel that simply believing the truth of creation is enough, both for themselves as well as for those they are trying to reach. Some proclaim that we have faith and the “the Bible says it’s so, so it’s so”but when it comes down to it, it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough for non-believers, and it isn’t enough for our children.

Answers In Genesis reports in its outreach video that “61% of youths are leaving the church in their early 20’s”.  While there are many reasons that contribute to people leaving the church, the fact that students are being presented with science that seems to refute everything they’ve been taught is certainly a factor.  Students find themselves feeling as if they are standing on shaky ground when they are faced with what seems to be damning evidence against their faith. A great deal of real science is interwoven with false truth and under the overwhelming weight, many admit defeat.  In reality, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific proof in favor of Biblical creation–the problem lies in the lack of education.

Finally, in addition to being able defend the faith to ourselves, we must present an informed, scientifically rooted front to the world as well. We cannot be expected to be taken seriously in the scientific community if we are not informed and ready to give well informed, scientifically rooted answers to those who may ask. We are being inundated with science presented from an evolutionary standpoint in school, on TV, online, and more often then not, the average school age Christian child can tell you more about the mechanisms and dates of evolution then they can about the science which supports creationism.

We must be able to send people out equipped with answers and the confidence that the subject matter they are presenting is scientifically sound. As is too often the case, people are so ill equipped with knowledge that supports their own beliefs, that they are ashamed to speak of or defend them. But it doesn’t need to be this way! The science, the archaeology, the history, they are solid.

Creation science does not suffer from a lack of evidence, but from a lack of education and information.  That is why we are so passionate about creation education at Akron Fossils & Science Center. The truth of creation is paramount to our faith, our defense of our faith, and to the Gospel message itself.  Georgina Purdom put it best when she said “if you lose Adam, you lose Christ”.

 

Spotlight On: Volunteers!

 

Here at AFSC, we could not function without the help of volunteers. From our annual auction to lawn work to renovations, so much of what we have been able to accomplish over the past 10 years has been because of volunteer efforts.  This has been especially true these past 2 months as we began the process of upgrading our facility.  The upgrade process has been (and continues to be) a huge undertaking that’s involved moving exhibits, tearing down and rebuilding walls, painting, and redesigning signage, just to name a few of the massive projects that are being worked on.  What is truly amazing is that all of this work has been done thanks to the kindness of a few hard working and generous volunteers.

Some of the amazing work accomplished in the Exhibit Hall by our volunteers

One of the core volunteers who has helped make our vision for the exhibit hall a reality is Gary Gage.  Since the project began in late November, Gary has been back in the exhibit hall nearly every day constructing walls, sanding, sawing, and painting for hours on end to get the job done–and done well.

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Gary hard at work

We sat down with Gary to learn more about him, what he’s been working on, and how he first became involved with AFSC. Here’s what we learned:

Gary first heard about AFSC through a friend who had attended our fundraiser dinner back in 2014.  After learning about AFSC’s mission and some of its needs, this friend called Gary, knowing his skill set, and asked if he would like some work to do. Thankfully for us, he said yes.

Though he spent his career on the office end of construction, working for the company

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Working in the Exhibit Hall

Babcock and Wilcox, Gary shared with us that his true love is in the actual building and working with his hands. Having grown up on a farm, Gary is gifted with many skills, such as carpentry and painting, which he learned from his grandfather. Graciously, he has chosen to bless AFSC with these skills.

Gary’s first project for AFSC was helping with painting throughout the building. In October of 2014, he began building and painting the clock face for the new clock tower that would go up in Spring, 2015. Since then, Gary has been coming in each month, helping with any projects that needed a skilled hand, such as crafting new bookshelves for our gift shop and building special bins to display gift shop items.

Some of Gary’s handiwork

Gary’s most recent and most involved undertaking has been the renovation of our exhibit hall. Since the renovation began, Gary has been working tirelessly to complete the project. Several other volunteers have generously donated their time and skills to the project throughout the months, but it’s Gary who has come in nearly every single day to ensure the work gets finished on time.

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Always smiling!

When asked why he believes AFSC is worth all the time and effort, his answer is straightforward: It’s important for people to know who their creator is. God is the creator. He appreciates when people emphasize that and is happy to help anyone who does this in whatever way he can.

Despite the long hours, Gary comes in each morning and leaves each day with a smile on his face and a kind greeting for everyone he comes across. His good attitude is contagious and his humble servant’s attitude is inspiring. We here at AFSC are so grateful to have someone like Gary on our team.

In addition to donating his time and skills to AFSC, Gary enjoys spending time with his family and his church. Gary and his wife have been married since 1976 and together they attend The Chapel in Akron where his wife sings in the church choir.

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We are so thankful for volunteers like Gary and we truly could not function without them. Our science center relies on you to help bring our vision and our mission to others.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions: tour guides, gardening, administrative, animal care, special events, park supervision, renovations, camps, classes, and more! Volunteers may choose to be full-time, part-time, group, or special event volunteers depending on what fits their schedule best.  There are so many ways to get involved and use your talents here at AFSC and we do our best to find the right position for each volunteer.

Check out our website and Facebook regularly to find out about current volunteer opportunities!

We want to, once again, thank our amazing volunteer, Gary Gage, for sitting down and talking with us and for all of his hard work, dedication, and positive attitude. We couldn’t make it without you!!

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AFSC volunteers have the opportunity to receive benefits such as:

  • Behind the scenes knowledge and involvement with AFSC
  • Be involved in the critical mission of sharing the knowledge of God’s creation
  • 10% discount in our gift shop
  • Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon

If YOU are interested in becoming part of our team here at AFSC, please contact Alysha Schall at alyschall.akronfossils@gmail.com for more information!

Why You SHOULD Study Evolution

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Right now you might be thinking, “Whoa whoa whoa, hold on. I thought Akron Fossils & Science Center was a CREATION science museum! Are they really telling me I should be studying evolution?” Yes! We are!  Many advocates of creation science/ intelligent design make the mistake of educating themselves in creation science while neglecting to also educate themselves on the other side of the argument.   We buy books and DVDs about the wonders and evidence of creation, but leave material about evolution on the shelf.  Our intentions are good, but what if our actions are actually robbing ourselves and our children of the ability to effectively defend what we believe?

If we truly believe that Biblical creation not only stands up to modern science, but is in fact proved by it, then we have nothing to fear when engaging with evolution.  What we should fear is not engaging with it. If  we do not engage with evolution, we weaken our own ability to defend creation. In light of this, here are our top reasons why you SHOULD study evolution:

1.In order to properly defend creation science

You cannot defend yourself against something you know nothing about.  If we do not engage with evolution, we will not be properly prepared with an answer. In every lie, there is a kernel of truth. There are many seemingly compelling arguments and pieces of evidence presented by evolutionists and many creationists have had their faith shaken upon encountering these arguments for the first time. Having never before encountered what seems like solid evidence, people are unable to prepare a defense.

Educating ourselves about evolution, reading material written by evolutionist, not just reading about evolution from a creationist standpoint, and engaging in the current scientific theories and arguments better prepares us to defend our own faith and beliefs.

In order to be a part of scientific and cultural discussions

Dr. Thomas Jay Oord put it best when he stated that, “The Christian ignorant about science is easily sidelined or even cut off from cultural conversations.” (Oord, Dr, Thomas Jay. “10 Reasons Christians Should Care About Science”. RELEVANT Magazine. 18 Oct. 2011. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.). If we do not educate ourselves outside of our own sphere, we should not be surprised when others refuse to engage with us. By educating ourselves on the points of view of others, we are more likely to be taken seriously and more likely to be invited into critical cultural and scientific discussions.

2.To avoid making uninformed arguments

If we do not know the foundational beliefs of evolution, then we risk making ignorant and uneducated arguments, effectively undermining our own credibility.  For example, evolution does not believe that humans evolved from apes but rather that humans and apes share a common ancestor.  While this may seem like a small distinction to make considering intelligent design believes neither are true, to make incorrect and oversimplified assumptions makes the creationist look ignorant and discredits their arguments.

When presented with some of the complex–albeit often incorrect–science behind the theory of evolution, creationists, who have previously encountered only watered down or simplified versions of evolution, are faced with what feels like an intellectual crisis, sometimes to the point of abandoning their beliefs. While we do believe macroevolution is false, it would be naive to believe that there is no serious and some very real science interwoven into the evolutionary theory. It’s vital that we fully prepare ourselves to understand and acknowledge this science so that we can accurately separate the truth from the deception.

3.To show respect

We want those who believe in evolution to take the time to really understand what we believe and why we believe it without being persuaded by prejudices and assumptions. We should do them the same courtesy. Taking the time to learn and understand another’s point of view shows that we respect their intelligence and we respect them as human beings, which opens the doors for a discussion rather than an argument.

4.Truth can withstand a challenge 

The nature of truth is that there can only be one truth. Here at AFSC, we believe that One Truth is that God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th and we believe that the God who created the Earth and the scientific principles that govern it also created these things to point straight back to Him. While some will try to distort this truth (and some do it very convincingly), the truth cannot be changed. As a result, we should never be afraid to learn about views different than our own. In fact, doing so presents a fantastic display of trust in the validity of intelligent design. The truth can withstand a challenge. God’s word will not fail under scrutiny.

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We hope that the above points have shown you why it is important that you take some time to begin learning about evolution and the arguments that it makes. One word of warning: while we must take the time to understand opposing viewpoints, it is equally vital to be thoroughly informed about what is happening in the world of creation science and to know the teachings of the Scripture. 2 Corinthians 11 warns us that many will disguise lies as the truth. Know what you believe and why you believe it so that you will not be shaken by well crafted deceptions. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 sums it up perfectly, reminding us to …“examine everything carefully; hold fast to what is good.” 

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At Akron Fossils & Science Center, we don’t shy away from the truth. During our tours and presentations, we thoughtfully examine the world around us through proven scientific evidence and principles. If you would like to learn more about us or schedule a visit, please call us at 330-665-3466 or explore the rest of our website at akronfossils.com!

 

 

Simply Science Spring Session 2016

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With Akron Fossil & Science Center’s Professional Upgrade well under way, 2016 is off to a running start! In addition to Birthday Parties and Super Science Saturday, AFSC will also be offering its popular 12 week session of Simply Science classes beginning January 19th. With our Spring Session beginning next week, we’d like to highlight this amazing resource and encourage you to sign up! If you haven’t registered yet, you’re in luck! To give more people the opportunity to take advantage of these classes, we have extended the registration date to Monday January 18th!!

So what exactly is Simply Science? Created to align with Ohio education standards, SimplySSP2 Science is a 12 week session of science classes developed for home schooled students grades K-12th. With 6 Simply Science 2014classes from which to choose, Simply Science allows students to explore a variety of sciences through hands-on activities, interactive journals, and take home assignments designed to build greater connections with the material covered in class. Regular testing is administered along with a report card showcasing your child’s achievements. Here is a sampling of what you can look forward to for our Simply Science Spring Session:

 

 

Classes and Dates:

Tuesdays Jan. 19-April 12

Anatomy and Physiology 10am-12pm

  • K-2nd
  • 3rd-5th

Biology 10am-12pm

  • 7th-8th
  • 9th-10th

Physics  1pm-3pm

  • 9th-12th

Wednesdays Jan. 20-April 13

Astronomy 10am-12pm

  • K-5th
  • 6th-8th

Marine Biology 1pm-3pm

  • 7th-8th
  • 9th-12th

Thursdays Jan 21- April 14

Marine Biology 10am-12pm

  • K-2nd
  • 3rd-5th

Physical Science 1pm-3pm

  • 7th-8th
  • 9th-12th

 *Spring Break March 29-31

Download full brochure

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Akron Fossils & Science Center strives to remain an affordable educational resource for families, so we are offering our Simply Science classes for the low price of $12/class or $120/session for grades K-6th, and $15/class or $150/session for grades 7th-12th. To ease the burden for families with multiple students, we also offer a 25% sibling discount after the first child for those who register for a full session. If you love Simply Science and refer a friend who decides to register, you can also receive $10 off your registration!

$10 Off Coupon for Referal and Return

 

Registration may be done by phone, mail, in person, or through PayPal on our website (*Please do not use PayPal if the family discount applies to your situation: please email us for a PayPal invoice to include your discount). Full payment is required with registration. Parents are welcome to sit in on classes—free of charge!

If you’re still not convinced to sign up, check out these pictures of previous Simply Science students learning about science AND having fun doing it! We hope to see you all next week!

 

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Want to stay up to date on what’s happening at Akron Fossils & Science Center? Sign up for our email list to be the first to know about classes, events, and discounts!

Do you have a hidden talent and want to help AFSC to continue connecting people with the truth? From painters to gardeners to teachers and cleaners, we’re always looking for those willing to lend a hand! Sign up here to volunteer today!

 

AFSC Professional Upgrade

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Sketch of potential exterior upgrades

 

10year logo2015 marked a significant milestone for Akron Fossils & Science Center as we celebrated 10 years of exploring creation! Now 2016 is just around the corner and along with the New Year some exciting new changes will be happening here at Akron Fossils & Science Center! Like most small, non-profit museums, we are always stretching our budget to its limit. Over the past 10 years, we have worked hard to wisely invest that limited budget to building and strengthening our programming so that it is exciting, educational, and beneficial to people from all walks of life. The payoff of these investments has been incredible. Our science classes have grown nearly ten times over, our birthday parties have more than tripled, and our summer camps, Super Science Saturdays, and other programs have improved and grown in size each year.

Unfortunately, because our central focus has been on creating quality programming, our building itself has not always received all the TLC it truly deserves. While our tours and programming are first-rate, our facility does not always reflect that professionalism. Additionally, the current layout cannot fully support the new growth we are enjoying. Now that we have cultivated a solid foundation of excellent programming, we would like to solve this problem by taking steps to make our building more professional and functional so that it can better serve the needs of our guests and better present our message. Sadly, some people have been turned off from our message because of our facility. We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to explore creation with us!

To make this vision a reality, we have created a plan called “The AFSC Professional Upgrade”. Taking ideas from guests, supporters, tour guides, graphic designers, educators, and other professionals, we have designed a 3-phase plan to upgrade our facility, the information we have available, and the way that information will be presented.Rest assured:

We will not be changing our core message or eliminating any programming.

  We are simply taking what makes Akron Fossils & Science Center great and enhancing it!

Part of what makes Akron Fossils & Science Center great is you. Without the love, backing, and enthusiasm of our supporters and visitors, we wouldn’t be where we are today. That’s why we want to take you along on this journey with us. We will do our best to keep you informed every step of the way through blog posts like this one, updates and photos on Facebook, and regular reports in our newsletter. To bring you into our vision, we have outlined the three phases of the upgrade below.

PHASE 1-Interior-In progress
Phase 1 of our upgrade will focus on the interior of the Science Center. Not only will we be making changes to layout, we will be upgrading and adding to information presented throughout. These changes will occur in 3 main areas of AFSC: The Lecture Hall, The Gift Shop, and The Exhibit/Biblical History Hall.

The Lecture Hall
The space that is currently our Lecture Hall which houses the majority of our fossils and living fossils will be transformed into a multipurpose space. The exhibits residing there now will be moved into another part of the museum, freeing up room for other activities.

Our vision for the new multipurpose space is to have an area for hands-on activities that can change and rotate throughout the year, allowing us to continuously present new, fresh, and interactive material. Examples of what we would like to do in the multipurpose room are: fossil replica making, hands on experiments, seasonal educational experiences, lectures, and more. Having this space will allow guests of all ages to get up close with science and will provide an ever-changing, unique experience for return visitors.

The Gift Shop
Though our lobby and gift shop now offers a wide variety of literature, fossil replicas, and toys to purchase, it is not as welcoming as we would like it to be. It’s important to us that Akron Fossils & Science Center is a place where people feel comfortable.

 AFSC Current Gift Shop

With that in mind, we set out to design an area where our guests could relax, read some of the books we have available, or sit down and discuss everything they just learned on their tour. The result was the idea

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The beginnings of the AFSC Cafe!

for a small café within the gift shop that will have comfortable seating as well as pre-packaged food and drinks to enjoy while reading or conversing

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EXAMPLE of how we would like to transform our gift shop. Image from New York Open Center Bookstore Cafe

with other science enthusiasts.

 

 

 

Our desire is not only to start conversations about creation science, but to also provide a place where those conversations can continue and grow.

 

 

 

The Exhibit Hall/Biblical History Hall
This area of the Science Center represents the largest portion of the upgrade. In addition to changing the layout of this area, we will be upgrading the technology and signage used to present information, with the goal of making the tour more interactive and user friendly. Currently, our tours are led by tour guides and explore three main sections: The Lecture Hall, The Exhibit Hall, and The Biblical History Hall. In the new layout, the wall that divided The Exhibit Hall and The Biblical History Hall will be removed, creating an open space more conducive to exploration. This open layout will also make room to bring in the exhibits previously featured in the Lecture Hall, creating a cohesive flow between all our exhibits and information.

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Floor plan of the upgraded Exhibit/Biblical History Hall

 

Although we will continue to have guided tours available at regularly scheduled times, we have designed the new tour to be self-

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3-D model of the upgraded Exhibit/Biblical History Hall

guided, as well. To help enhance the experience and understanding, electronic tablets and T.V. screens will accompany several exhibits. This technology will allow guests to explore a world of information much larger than could ever fit within the four walls of our Science Center! Touch screens will

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3-D Hall model, featuring central interactive kiosk

also feature interactive activities and links to materials visitors can read to learn more about a particular topic. This technology will give us the ability to consistently update our information, always keeping our visitors up to date with the latest scientific discoveries. It will also allow us to feature rotating exhibits ensuring guests a new learning experience every visit!

Finally, new signage that is as beautiful as it is informative will help visitors to better understand the exhibits they are exploring, as well as enhance the professionalism of the facility as a whole. Work on this phase has already begun and we hope to have it completed by spring!

PHASE 2-Exterior
Phase 2 will focus on the exterior presentation of our facility. While we will continue to freshen up and maintain the building exterior as best we can, the more extensive work we need will be reliant on funding to be

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Sketch of AFSC entrance with potential exterior upgrades

raised in the near future. The upgrades will be costly, with a starting price of approximately $25,000, but they are extremely vital.

The outside of our building is the first impression of who we are, so it is imperative that it be

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Sketch of AFSC back with potential exterior upgrades

professional and exciting.

 

The more professional we are and the more people that come through our doors, the more funding we will be able to secure to pour back into the creation of quality programming.

 

 

 

PHASE 3- Outdoor Adventure
Phase 3, like phase 2, will be reliant on funding from our supporters. In this phase we would like to begin the expansion of our outdoor area, Truassic Park. Currently, our park features swings, a giant slide, a mini-golf course, a small challenge course, picnic area, and 200ft zip-line. Truassic Park is one of the strongest draws for people who may not initially be open to our message, making it an essential part of the Science Center.

In this third phase, we would like to add some exciting adventure zones.

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Example of a high ropes course. Image from Red Lodge Ropes Course

First, we want to upgrade to a larger zip-line. Second, we would like to build a large rope bridge. Third, we want to create an upgraded challenge course that would have features such as a high ropes course.  In order to make this a reality, we will need, in addition to the funds to create the adventure zones themselves, funds to purchase the adjacent land so that we have the necessary space for this expansion. There are no parks like this in the immediate vicinity so we believe that the addition of adventure zones would add great value to the surrounding community!

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This is a major undertaking both logistically and financially, but we feel that it is absolutely necessary to reach more people with the truth. Please continue to pray for us as we take this next step. We hope that you will come along with us on this new adventure!

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If you would like to help us out financially as we take this next step, there are a couple of options you can choose!

Membership: Annual Membership $75, Annual Supporter $150

Direct Donation:                          PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!

 

AFSC Auction 2015: The Case of The Missing Donation

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The Cast of “The Case of The Missing Donation”!

 

Auction WelcomeAnother auction has come and gone for Akron Fossils & Science Center, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect cap to our tenth anniversary celebration! This year’s auction was held at a new venue, Compass Christian Church in Akron, which generously allowed us to use their facility in the midst of a renovation. Not only did we have a record number of volunteers and a record number of guests with nearly 200 people in attendance, we raised a record-breaking amount of funds!!

 

Thanks to our guests and the nearly 80 businesses and individuals that donated items to be auctioned off, Akron Fossils & Science Center was able to raise $11, 978, and more money from individuals who enjoyed their time at the auction and would like to support our message is continuing to come in each week! Our ultimate goal is to reach $12,500 by the end of the year with the hope of entering 2016 with stabilized funding so that we can maximize and strengthen the programming we have been building over the past few years. Here are just a few of the areas your funds will support:

  1. Programming: In addition to tours, Akron Fossils & Science Center puts on birthday parties, hosts education days, holds monthly Super Science Saturdays, puts on Youth Lock-Ins, hosts various Lecture Series, leads Wilderness Adventures, brings the tour on the road with Museum In a Backpack, runs Summer Camps, and houses a variety of science classes. All of these wonderful programs are not only fun and educational, but are also built upon and around our message of creation. Your dollars help us fund staff, research, building fees, and materials to keep all of these programs going strong.
  2. Staff: In order to keep our programming strong, we need a strong and dedicated staff to help run the office, coordinate programs, give tours, and teach classes. Donations help us to maintain our small but mighty staff.
  3. Maintenance and Building Costs: We operate a small building, but even small buildings take some upkeep! Money raised at the auction helps us to heat and cool the building, make necessary repairs, and keep the lights shining brightly!
  4. Outreach: Even the best programming won’t do much good if no one knows about it! The money raised this year will help us to expand our outreach efforts to churches, schools, and individuals near and far, connecting our programming with the people who will benefit from it the most!
  5. AFSC Build Out: At the end of December, we will be making some significant changes to the layout of our building and tour, including adding some electronic, interactive exhibits and moving to a more self guided format (don’t worry—guided tours will still be available). We also plan to use some of the rearranged space for fun, hands-on activities that guests of all ages can enjoy. Our goal with the build-out is to help make the Science Center more informative, accessible, streamlined, and functional. Check back soon for a blog outlining our vision!

In addition to record amounts of funds, this year’s auction had a record amount of FUN! The theme of the auction was “CLUE” and the entire church was decked out to match the mansion in the popular mystery Detectiveboard game. After guests had the opportunity to scope out the many themed auction baskets, which featured everything from tasty treats, to toys, to vacation vouchers, they were called into the dining hall by the “butler” for a delicious pasta dinner and fellowship.

Following supper, everyone gathered together in the “Ballroom” to watch and participate in The Case of The Missing Donation. Complete with costumes, sound effects, and lights, the production was excellently played by each cast member and enhanced by the professional work of the crew. Once the case was presented, it was up to our audience to solve the mystery and find the diamond that had been donated to Akron Fossils and Science Center by its generous patron, “Mr. Body”.

Guests of all ages had fun putting their sleuthing skills to the test as they searched the many rooms of the mansion for clues and questioned costumed witnesses and members of the manor staff. It was wonderful seeing so many young faces around the auction this year, working with Auction helperstheir family to solve the mystery, bidding on items, and just having a good time. We even had some young volunteers help out by serving dinner and selling raffle tickets throughout the night.

When the moment came for the big reveal, everyone was on the edge of their seats, clutching their case files in anticipation. Thankfully, it was discovered that the donation was only accidentally vacuumed up by the innocent Mrs. White. The generous diamond was quickly recovered, much to the relief of Akron Fossils & Science Center! Good work detectives!

Overall, it would be safe to say it was Akron Fossils and Science Center’s most successful auction yet! We can’t wait for next year!!

 

The case of the missing donation may have been a great mystery, but it’s no mystery that Akron Fossils and Science Center has made a great impact since its founding in 2005. Since our very first tour 10 years ago, Akron Fossils and Science Center has reached over 100,000 children and adults from all walks of life with the message that science and creation go hand in hand. As a result of tours, lectures, birthday parties, education days, and other programming, thousands have been able to hear that they are not the result of random processes, but rather amazing and intricate creations that have been designed by an intelligent and loving God.

The auction, along with the additional generous donations of its guests, has provided enough funding to keep the doors of Akron Fossils & Science Center open, but we must keep the momentum going! As a small, non-profit center, we rely on the support of donors and volunteers throughout the year to help us continue to reach people with the messageMuseum entrance.jpg of truth. This is especially true as our founder, Bill Sanderson, begins moving into a season of retirement in which he will not be able to continue to contribute as much funding to the Science Center as he has in years past.

You may be saying to yourself “I would love to help the Science Center, but I just can’t afford to donate money right now!” That’s ok! There are countless ways—big and small—that you can help Akron Fossils & Science Center. Here are just a few:

  1. Cleaning: With so many great programs happening each day at AFSC, it can be difficult to keep tidy! By donating an hour or two to helping us sweep and mop up, you help us keep a professional appearance that will help us to better present our message. Your time will also help free up our staff to continue developing fun and educational ways to connect people to the truth!
  2. Maintenance: Similarly to keeping a clean museum, keeping up a well maintained museum can be a big job! Do you have some handyman, painting, construction, or landscaping skills in your back pocket? Then we could use your help! Any time someone volunteers this work means that another dollar can go towards supporting the programming of Akron Fossils & Science Center!
  3. Outreach: This is one of the most important ways that you can help us and guess what? It doesn’t cost you a penny! Our best programming is useless if no one knows about us, so like us on Facebook, tell your friends to stop by, introduce us to your church, write a nice review online, hand out brochures, or set up a Museum in A Backpack presentation at your church, school, or get together. You are Akron Fossils & Science Center’s greatest billboard!
  4. Become an annual member or annual supporter: Becoming an annual member ($75) or an annual supporter ($150) is a great way to support AFSC on multiple levels while also getting the biggest bang for your buck. Both memberships provide you with unlimited free tours of the Science Center, unlimited use of Truassic Park, which includes our 200 foot zipline, giant slide, swings, and mini-golf, one-time guest passes, gift shop discounts, birthday party upgrades, discounts on summer camps , discount pricing for special events such as Super Science Saturday, theme days, and lectures, and more!
  5. Pray: Here is another free one! Prayer doesn’t cost anything, but it has powerful results. We know that through God all things are possible. He has the power to soften hearts and keep our doors open.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help Akron Fossils & Science Center throughout the year. Looking back over 2015 and this auction, we are truly humbled and energized by the generosity and outpouring of love and support that our friends have shown. Thanks to your support, Akron Fossils & Science Center will be able to keep its doors open and continue to build up the church and connect people with the message of truth.

Let’s take this momentum and keep moving forward into the new year!

There are still more people to reach and more fun to be had! To stay updated on the changes occurring at the Science Center and to get updates on how you can continue to help, sign up for our email list to receive our e-newsletter.

THANK YOU once again for joining us for our annual auction! We cannot wait to see what God has in store for Akron Fossils & Science Center in 2016!!

Auction 2015 Cake