Keep on Questioning is proud to sponsor the March for Science Ithaca, a diverse nonpartisan rally to promote science education, communication and engagement with the public and the use of scientific evidence to inform policy. The March for Science will take place on the Ithaca Commons on April 22nd.
Over 400 science and educational organizations around the world have partnered with the March for Science, including national institutions like the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as well as local organizations like the Paleontological Research Institute (PRI).
Keep on Questioning’s mission is to inspire, engage and educate the public by connecting them with professionals and experts, with the aim of fostering a better understanding between both parties. By sponsoring the March for Science Ithaca, we recognize that there should be the opportunity for continued interaction and engagement between scientists, publics and policy makers and that a public celebration of science will foster and enable greater dialogue. It is vital that scientists communicate their research and that access to the findings of publicly funded research is available to all. At Keep on Questioning we believe the contribution and participation of informed citizens is essential to an effective democratic society that works towards improving the lives of its people. Science affects all our lives and also provides a route to discovery, understanding and developments that enrich us, protect the environment and can resolve problems we face. To quote the March for Science Ithaca organizers “Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity.”
Keep on Questioning is an educational non-profit project of the Center for Transformative Action that enhances science education and communication. Through our I’m a Scientist USA program we enable dialogue between scientists and young people who may lack opportunities to engage with the scientific community. This program champions curiosity, critical thinking and participation by providing young people a forum to ask scientists questions, engage in discussions with them, find out about their work and show their support for scientists by voting. By working to enhance the educational opportunities of young people we aim to improve the knowledge and understanding of the next generation. It is vital that they understand the importance of evidence-based knowledge and the contribution the scientific process can make to progress and problem-solving. Furthermore, developing an awareness of their role in a democratic process raises their self-efficacy and prepares them to be engaged and scientifically literate citizens.
In honor of the March for Science Ithaca and the work that Keep on Questioning does to further science outreach and education, you can make a tax-deductible gift to the Center for Transformative Action, Keep on Questioning’s 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.