Visitors to the Infinity Science Center in Hancock County can count on its executive director, John Wilson, to do all he can to entertain, engage and inspire them.
That's because Wilson is convinced institutions such as Infinity have a critical mission.
They have a duty to inspire the next generation to pursue scientific careers because the nation is facing a looming shortage of men and women trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
They also have a responsibility to work for scientific literacy in general, so that more Americans appreciate and support scientific endeavors and discoveries.
Infinity already attracts "enrichment seekers," as Wilson calls visitors with college degrees who want to expand on what they already know.
What he wants are more and more younger visitors whose natural curiosity is too often discouraged at an early age. He wants Infinity to rekindle that inquisitiveness and to get all its visitors to ask "what if?"
That question, he says, "is the whole heartbeat of science."
To bring people to Infinity, Wilson will employ the services of the Saints football team, Apollo astronauts and, if willing, members of the "Duck Dynasty" cast.
Because science surrounds us. It intersects our lives at countless points. So there are countless ways to demonstrate its significance and relevance.
The trick, Wilson said, is to not be held back by what you know, but to go after what you'd like to know.
Physically, Infinity is located southwest of the intersection of Interstate 10 and U.S. 90. Metaphysically, we'd place it at the intersection of wonder and imagination.
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