Since 1856, when Dr. George Engelmann, James B. Eads and other prominent visionaries of the day formed the Academy of Science in St. Louis, it has been a leader in the advancement and integration of science and technology into contemporary society.
From its rich history as a science museum (most recently at Oak Knoll Park as the Museum of Science and Natural History) to the realization of a longstanding goal by taking the lead in the development of a “well-equipped and suitable science center” for St. Louis, the Academy has always been able to focus its resources for maximum return.
Today, Academy resources are entirely mission focused, on expanded scientific outreach, education, resource sharing, and the recognition of scientific accomplishment. Academy partners include every scientific sector—academic, public, corporate and private—from a broad range of science, medicine, engineering and technology concerns.
For more than 10 years, the Academy initiative, Gateway to Science, St. Louis Region, has been facilitating interactions between providers of educational programming and community organizations by providing a website and information listing educational programs, resources, and learning opportunities in subjects relating to science, applied science, math, engineering, and technology.
The Academy of Science – St. Louis Statement of Belief
- The children we engage in science and technology today are the critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future
- The decisions facing our world require a scientifically-literate citizenry, informed by those with expertise in science and technology
- The St. Louis region is a brain-trust of researchers, investigators, explorers, and science advocates–dedicated to fostering the next generation of STEM leaders and advocates
- That by 8th grade, children have determined if they have a place in science and technology. By connecting them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals who share the rewards of their efforts, we are building the workforce of the future
- That communicating complex science and technology ideas to the public can be effectively accomplished through stories, accessible outreach, and citizen-science opportunities
- That children learn science inquiry through hands-on, relevant, project-based experiences
- That 87% of middle school students, after engaging in Academy career explorations with professionals in science and technology, report a better understanding of why it’s important to take math and science; and 74% report the program inspired them to want to find out more about future careers in STEM fields.
- In the power of collaboration and interdisciplinary ideas and effort
- In an engaged community of advocates of the community outreach initiatives of the Academy of Science
- In the value of a uniquely independent and community supported organization, true to its 1856 mission of “Promoting the understanding and appreciation of science.”