The Discovery Station in Hagerstown has a new executive director, but she is familiar to her patrons.
Brittany Wedd took over in mid-December as the executive director, transitioning from her role as director of operations.
During her tenure, Wedd has overseen the implementation of five new exhibits at the museum, as well as record-breaking attendance rates — she said the museum expects to hit 20,000 visitors for 2018.
Wedd said that she is looking forward to working with the dedicated volunteers at the museum as well as the board of directors.
Additionally, she is looking forward to increased attendance at the museum and kindergarten-readiness improvement in Washington County as a whole — A topic that a new initiative launched by the museum is designed to help.
This comes after a recent kindergarten readiness assessment showed that only 37 percent of children in Washington County are where they need to be when entering school.
To that end, beginning on January 1, 2019, the Discovery Station will be offering free admission for children ages 5 and under.
Wedd has been with the science museum for more than five years, and has a background in science and physics.
She and her husband Matthew live in Washington County and will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary in April.