New Element

New Element is a membership-based donor circle that is made up of young professionals ages 25 to 45. To be a member, individuals are recruited by the community, other New Element members, or McWane Science Center’s staff.

The purpose of New Element is to celebrate and promote science in our community while also helping advance McWane’s mission to provide outstanding experiences across the science, technology, engineering, and math spectrum that enhance subject matter literacy, creativity, and critical thinking.

Specifically, all New Element members are expected to assist with the following:

  • Engage in McWane and its programs whenever possible.
  • Advocate our museum and programs to the wider public.
  • Provide feedback, good and bad, to help create a stronger science center.
  • Serve on the Beaker Bash committee—McWane’s annual fundraising event.
  • Continue to give as annual donors to McWane Science Center.
  • Help recruit additional New Element members to sustain and grow the group.

*Recruitment Incentive-Recruit 5 first-time or lapsed New Element donors and receive a complimentary week of Summer or Winter Camp.
(In order to ensure camp availability, incentive must be earned by March 1 for Summer Camp and October 1 for Winter Camp.)

New Element Donor Member Circle Benefits
  • Complimentary Beaker Bash Family 4-Pack of tickets—McWane’s annual family-friendly fundraising event.
  • Exclusive access to the museum and Itty Bitty Magic City the last Saturday morning of every month from 8:00am-10:00am
  • Invitations to member only previews and events.
  • FREE admission to Adventure Halls for 12 months for all adults and grandchildren/children under the age of 18.
  • Name recognition in our Grand Lobby
  • 18 IMAX educational film vouchers
  • 20 % discount on purchases in The Smart Café and Really Cool Stuff, our museum store
  • FREE parking in McWane Science Center’s Parking Deck
  • Discount on McWane Science Center Birthday Parties
  • Free or Discounted Admission to over 250 Science Centers Worldwide
  • Discounts on Camps
  • Subscription to our Eureka! Newsletter
  • Complimentary admission for up to 3 additional guests


For more information, contact:
Jamie Miller
Development Manager
McWane Science Center