Erik Larson, Executive Director, began visiting Impression 5 Science Center as a child in the late 1970s. At the age of 14, Erik began volunteering at Impression 5 performing numerous tasks and assisting visitors while they explored the science activities on the exhibit floor. In 1993, Erik enrolled at Olivet College to study biology. During the next four years, he continued to work for the Science Center creating new educational programs utilizing the content he was studying at Olivet. After graduating in 1997, Erik was hired as the Exhibit Area Supervisor, beginning his career at Impression 5. Just a few years later, Erik was promoted to Education Director, and eventually to Executive Director. In 2007, Larson was awarded one of the “10 Over the Next Ten” titles by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. In March 2015, Erik was the recipient of the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Pure Michigan Attraction Star of the Year.