Imagine a world where all children have the encouragement, resources and confidence to achieve their highest potential. This world would recognize the unique contributions and needs of all people, no matter their gender, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, language, place of origin, physical ability and other characteristics. A reasonable standard of living would be afforded to everyone so they can thrive. This world would be safe, clean and healthy for people, animals and the earth.
A fundamental leveling force for equity in society and in the globe is access to education. We live in an increasingly complex world, where solutions to many societal problems have a basis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and where public policy requires at least a rudimentary understanding of its applications, limitations and potential for harm. In this world, developing STEM literacy, in the broadest sense, is essential for meaningful participation in and contribution to civic and political life, as well as the economy.
Inspired by the power and responsibility of STEM, I wish to sound a call to always root its practice in love, courage and curiosity, with an end goal to create a better future for individuals, communities, and the world and our environment.
Conscious of the impact of STEM literacy and gender equity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, The Exploratory (@girlsciexplore) is here to respond to the need for and right to equitable access to quality, gender-responsive, relevant education. Access to education and STEM literacy are especially important for the girl-child and for women and others who have been underrepresented in academic, professional, social and political arenas, and whose perspectives and talents have been overlooked.
The Exploratory is a place where we use STEM to transform teaching and learning so everyone feels like they can and there is reason to engage in STEM pursuits; a place where individuals can develop their critical thinking skills to make informed decisions, and use STEM as tools for creative problem solving. But we do more than that. Through The Exploratory and how we honor ourselves and each other, we build community, we practice courage and confidence. We model joy.
Indeed, what the world needs most, are people who have a solid education that allows them to think clearly, AND who have empathy and a sense of justice, so that we have not only knowledge, but also wisdom; not only solutions, but also mutual uplift; not only policy, but also love.
The Exploratory is where we imagine a more just, equitable, joyful world and strive to make this world a reality.