Last fall Dale McCreedy was interviewed as part of a discussion about STEM Identity by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). This summer CAISE released a report that reflected on these findings as well as short video interviews with the scientists.
We’ve probably all heard someone say that they’re just not a science person and hopefully we’ve heard a few others exclaim that they are science people. That is the center of a complex set of issues concerning STEM identity. CAISE convened 12 researchers to talk about the concept of a STEM identity from the perspective of their own research and observations. At this point, you might be wondering why this matters to Discovery Center. In fact, this is what we aim to do each and every day. The mission of Discovery Center is not to churn out lab rats and professors. Instead, we focus daily on engaging curious minds to fuel the future. By providing a wide variety of hands-on and engaging opportunities, visitors can identify personally with an array of disciplines, interests, and career paths. For example, the Super Service Center exhibit upstairs is not designed as an entree into a lifelong career as a diesel mechanic. Instead, it is a space to relate to and practice hands-on skills that can be used in day-to-day life.