To ensure citizens have the knowledge they need to meet the challenges ahead in the 21st century, we must create opportunities outside of formal education to engage citizens in science ideas and how science works so that they can understand and contribute to decision-making. Below are three big ideas that the Ventura County Science Center will convey.
Understanding and shaping the influence of new technology and industry on society. The pace of technology is accelerating, and so does the risk of how it might be used, so citizens must understand and manage it well.
ELEVATE ALL PEOPLE
Equity is access to science learning so that our democratic processes function well and so that the potential of all citizens might be realized. The next Nobel laureate could be anywhere.
RESTORE THE BIOSPHERE
Understanding a body of knowledge and the systems that keep the planet’s biosphere functioning efficiently. We must protect that which enables living systems to thrive.