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SEE Science Center Awarded $200,000 in CDFA Tax Credits

Manchester, NH – The SEE Science Center has been awarded a 2017 Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) grant from The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).    The CDFA grants state tax credit awards on a competitive basis to qualified organizations for specific projects or programs.  Organizations that are chosen partner with NH businesses who receive 75% state tax credit for their contributions.  The grant in the amount of $200,000 will assist the SEE Science Center with several organizational goals.

In order to continue to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the SEE Science Center plans to use the grant to upgrade and acquire new exhibits.   The greater Manchester area continues to grow as a center for high tech businesses and industries.  Therefore SEE believes it is more important than ever to provide a place to introduce and inspire interest in STEM careers and lifelong science learning for the community.   SEE plans to partner with businesses and research organizations to introduce new exhibit topics to the center and to showcase local innovations.   The grant will also allow SEE to further their efforts to promote and practice sustainability by installing LEED certified LED lighting throughout the center.

The SEE Science center is open to the public seven days a week with hands-on interactive exhibits, daily demonstrations and the community built LEGO® Millyard Project.   SEE also offers field trip, group and outreach programs, camps and mini-courses, hosts traveling exhibits and more.  SEE is located in Manchester’s historic Millyard at 200 Bedford Street for more information visit  For information about how to partner with SEE in this CDIP grant, please call Peter Gustafson at 669-0400.

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Meet The Team Part Three

Meet Jack! He is a visitor facilitator here at SEE and has been a part of the of the team for two years! Jack’s favorite thing about his job is knowing that he is a part of something that makes a difference in the way kids learn and interact with others, while having fun at the same time.


Meet Glenna! She is a the Operations and Program Coordinator here at SEE and has been a part of the team for almost 10 years! One of her favorite things about her job is being able to interact with students everyday and see their excitement when learning!


Meet Jordan! She is the Weekend Supervisor here at SEE and has been a part of the team for 6 years this month! She started working at SEE as a high school student, continued as an undergraduate and now, is a grad student. Her favorite thing about her job is working with a great team and great customers. The experience has really helped her grow! Every time she works she sees kids stare in amazement or say “WOAH!” Which makes her smile. She also enjoys watching high school students on the SEE team and grow as individuals like she did gaining skills that will benefit them in their future careers!

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Meet The Team Part Two

Meet Susan! She is the Executive Director here at SEE and has been a part of the team for five months! Her favorite thing about being part of the SEE team is working with an amazing team and seeing/hearing the happy kids being excited about science every day!


Meet Adele! She is the Design Coordinator here at SEE and has been a part of the team since 2000! Her favorite thing about her job is being able to combine her love of art and science while using creativity to help SEE achieve its goals!


Meet Jenny! She is a weekend visitor facilitator here at SEE! She is a new member of the team having been here for a little over a month! Her favorite thing about being part of the team is encouraging science in young children!


Meet The Team Part One

Meet Becky! She is the Operations and Program Manager here at SEE has been a part of the team for over 24 years! Her favorite part of working at SEE is how every day is different.


Meet Julia! She is a weekend assistant supervisor here at SEE and has been a member of the team for two and a half years! The thing she loves most about her job is seeing the excited reaction of a child understanding a concept of an exhibit she is explaining!


Meet Peter! He is the Development Manager here at SEE and not only does he manage our fundraising and special events, but he also oversees our marketing, social media program, and our hands-on exhibits. He’s been a member of the SEE team since February 10, 1997 and his favorite thing about his job is seeing things progress here at SEE, whether it is an exhibit, program, or special event. He also finds it rewarding to work on a team that gets things done and provides opportunities for students and families to be inspired by the sciences!



Meet SEE’s new Executive Director

SEE Science Center is pleased to announce Susan Howland as its new executive director.  Howland brings more than two decades on nonprofit experience to this new position, most recently serving as the City of Manchester and Granite United Way’s director of homeless services. In this role, Howland led community efforts to more than double federal funding for homeless services in Manchester, built solid collaborative planning teams and assisted the City in administering federal contracts.

Craig Ahlquist, board chair states, “The SEE Science Center Board of Directors is excited to have Susan join our team. Everyone agrees that getting children interested in science, technology, engineering and math is critical to building our next generation workforce. Susan has built strong relationships with key people throughout New Hampshire.  She is well positioned to make SEE a valuable resource for area educators while building upon SEE’s success in providing hands-on STEM learning for children.”

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As executive director of SEE, Howland will oversee an organization that engages over 50,000 visitors annually at this hands-on learning center that promotes the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
I look forward to taking on this new challenge and working with a very dedicated team of staff, board members, donors and other important partners,” says Howland.  “I began the nonprofit portion of my career at FIRST and have always enjoyed inspiring our youth to the wonders of science and technology.  This is a perfect next step for me.”  Howland continues to serve on the City of Manchester’s Office of Youth Services Advisory Committee and on the Executive Committee of the Greater Manchester Association of Service Agencies.

SEE Science Center Announces Retirement of Executive Director


After more than 30 years, Douglas Heuser, Co-Founder and Executive Director of SEE Science Center, Inc. has announced he will be stepping down mid-February, 2016. “It will be very difficult in some ways,” said Heuser, “This has been a large part of my life.”

In April, 1984 Heuser wrote and received a NH Department of Health and Human Services starter grant for $40,000. With 4,500 square feet of space in an old mill building donated from noted inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, Heuser and Kamen co-founded Science Enrichment Encounters and Heuser became the first Executive Director.

Since then the hands-on science discovery center they founded has changed its name (to SEE Science Center), and its location (to 200 Bedford Street) but not its Director. Heuser has overseen the Center’s growth from one employee (himself) to 7 full time, 16 part-time, and 4 part-time temporary workers for special projects/exhibitions. Its square footage has grown from 4,500 to 45,000 square feet including special exhibition space.

Heuser said he did not plan to retire: he plans to repurpose. He will spend time with his new-born grandson, and looks forward to being a “grampa-nanny” to his soon-to-be-born identical twin granddaughters.  He also plans to volunteer, write, and travel with his wife, Martha Small.



By Peter Gustafson, Resource Development Specialist

I signed in at 1:07 pm and checking my keys, mobile phone and wallet at the security desk, followed my guide through a metal detector and a series of electronically locked doors.

It was in a gymnasium. The boys and girls, age 14 to 17, entered in small groups of 5 to 10 each. They all had color coded shirts and the same grey elastic waist-band pants with no pockets. White socks and plain white sneakers. Guards in street clothes directed each group to sit in a specific area on the floor. Voices echoed in barks and shouts as more groups entered the high ceilinged room, the energy mounting as additional guards arrived, speaking into hand-held radios, “make sure the blues don’t sit near the greens…”

This was the setting for my team building/engineering/problem solving challenge for about 35 boys and girls who are current residents at the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center here in Manchester, NH. My main focus here at the SEE Science Center is development, but when our educational staff is busy, I’m happy to get out of the office and run a program or two.

Yes, these kids are locked up and probably made some bad decisions recently, and they initially hemmed and hawed when they found that they would be working in teams and building vehicles with LEGO® bricks, but once they got down to business and started to build and test and observe and re-engineer and re-test, things got the best kind of quiet: Quiet interrupted by “oh, let’s try it this way!” and “we need more weight in the back” and “what if we use a longer axle?”.  The mood of correctional facility drifted away and these difficult, tough kids quickly transformed into inquiring, inspired young people, working together to solve a problem and reach a goal. And they didn’t want to stop. They wanted to make their vehicles better, faster, run further, run straighter.

And just as quickly as that transformation occurred, it was over. It was back to reality. Shoes off. Hands against the wall. Feet spread apart. Pat-down. “Gotta check for LEGOs in their socks, could be used as a weapon”, the guard told me. They found none.

In August I am scheduled run the classic “egg drop” challenge with this same group of kids. Can’t wait.