Nov 9, 2018
Catherine Horne is president and CEO of
Discovery Place, a network of four science, natural history and
children’s museums located in Charlotte, North Carolina, that
serves local, regional and national audiences. Discovery
Place recently expanded it service to teachers and administrators
with the opening of the Discovery Place Education Studio to provide
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professional
development. Prior to joining Discovery Place in 2014, Catherine
was president and CEO of EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia,
South Carolina and served at the University of South Carolina in
administration and as a member of the museum studies faculty.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Salem College
and a master’s degree in art history from the University of South
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in STEM
education, science exhibits, science center spaces, and the work of
bringing museums to as many people as possible.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Catherine describes how Discovery Place fulfills its
- She discusses workforce development and how Discovery Place
helps inspire future scientists and
- She addresses whether there is a crisis in science and math
education and how Discovery Place is teaching teachers to be
more effective STEM educators.
- She shares how Discovery Place has encouraged and provoked
community conversations on science ethics and
- Catherine explains how decisions are made about what is
exhibited at Discovery Place.
- She identifies what exhibit will never go out style and
the next major exhibition.
- She assesses the Discovery Place Science and Nature
- She considers the relevance of physical exhibition
space in the digital age.
- Catherine answers whether the Discovery Place Science building
is what she wants it to be and whether a science center can ever
get ahead of the innovation curve.
- She talks about growing up in South Carolina
and how being an only child of older parents helped shape who she
- She answers why she was drawn to art history and how
art history informs her work leading a science
- She shares lessons she learned in her previous
positions at the McIssick Museum at the University of South
Carolina and at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South
- Catherine describes herself as a leader and what she
wants her life to have been about.
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