director of exhibits + education
Erik Smith was named Director of Exhibits and Education for the Museum in February 2022 and is responsible for all aspects of exhibit development and maintenance, education programming, and visitor experience. A former science educator, Smith has dedicated his 25-year career to informal and formal STEM education and provides a unique skill set that will promote the integration of high-quality STEAM content throughout the exhibit and visitor experience. Most recently, Smith was the Founding Director of Exhibits and Facilities of the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, AR. Prior to the Amazeum, Smith worked at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA after spending several years as a high school science teacher. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego, and he and his wife are excited to move and raise their son in the Washington, D.C. region.