My husband, two young daughters and I had just finished dinner, and we were rushing to campus in an effort to see one of the free public showings in the new Griffin Planetarium. My eight-year-old was so excited about seeing the show that she practically ran into the building. We were 30 minutes early and yet the last few people who made it inside. And I’m so glad we did. Both she and my five-year-old were captivated by the planets and constellations that filled the dome ceiling. After returning home, they even begged my husband to get his childhood telescope from our attic, and of course, he obliged.
At UCA, we are more than an institution of higher learning. We are a community striving each day to better the world around us through education. And not just education of our students, but the education of our entire community. Science education is actually defined as the field in which we share science content and process with individuals not traditionally considered part of the scientific community. That could be students, or it could be community members like my family who are learning from the opportunities UCA provides.
Just as wide and vast as the field of science is, so is the opportunity to learn and grow our knowledge. This issue of the UCA Magazine truly helped me see science in a different light.
Before, a red chair was just a red chair, but now I see it as a part of women’s equality. The Buffalo River is a fantastic place to float, but now I see it as a place to study and learn. A planetarium was once a place to have science class, but now it’s a place where the love of space and astronomy can be fostered and nurtured in children and adults.
Science is all around us. We should take advantage of the opportunities we have to learn about it and how it influences our everyday life.
I don’t think being a chemist or an astronomer is in my future, but I’m thankful for the opportunities to learn right here on campus. And you never know, maybe one of my daughters will not only be a future Bear but a future scientist!