I like to think of myself as a pretty imaginative guy. In my prior career I spent years imagining the inner workings of the atomic nucleus and today I spend my days imagining new ways to connect people to science. But I realize that whatever power of imagination I have pales in comparison to what I see every day from kids who visit the science center.
When I was first introduced to computer coding I was using that code to draw a circle on a screen. Today, we have students in our summer camp learning code by programming gaming worlds.
Where I spent my summers looking at pond water under a 20 power microscope, kids in our galleries are extracting DNA.
Back when I was a kid, my imagination was set on fire by the first pictures of the surface of Mercury ... today we get to fire kids' imaginations with the discovery of possibly habitable planets orbiting around distant stars.
Every day I get to go out onto our exhibit floor and see these moments where our future begins. It is a future where these kids will be bringing to light new revelations about how the human brain works. A future where they will transform today's $100M personalized medicine initiative into a kit you can pick up at CVS. A future where we
will not only identify planets around distant stars but make the first plans to visit.
This is incredibly exciting to me, this unimaginable future. I can't wait to see what they will show us about how the world works and how they will use that to transform our lives. I can't wait to live in the world they will create.
And I imagine that if you have read this far you share my excitement. So this summer I invite you to join me in stepping beyond our imagined lives and into their imagined future...