From INFINITY to Better Education
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 15, 2013, 17:21
INFINITY Science Center and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) joined forces Friday to boost educational opportunities at INFINITY.
Appearing eager to hear INFINITY’s guest speaker, Astronaut Fred Haise, were sixth graders of Bay-Waveland Middle School.
Board Members of INFINITY Science Center and representatives of USM signed a memorandum of understanding, which began their educational partnership.
INFINITY is Mississippi’s Center of Excellence for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education.
A part of the agreement details that USM will seek out grant funding to populate INFINITY with additional interactive educational exhibits.
Associate Director, NASA Stennis Space Center, Ken Human said INFINITY mission is, “… to motivate students to take a greater interest in science and math."
Chairman of INFINITY and Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel informed the students that they were "a part of history in the making,” he said, “what we’re doing today is turning another page in our history.”
Vice-Chairman of INFINITY, Walt Disney Imagineering Vice-President and General Manager Jack Blitch, quoted Walt Disney when sharing his vision of INFINITY’s future: “Disney World will never be complete; hopefully, INFINITY will continue to grow just the same,” he said. To officially form the partnership, USM Vice-Provost of Research Dr. Gordon Cannon and Schloegel signed the memorandum of understanding.