On Saturday hundreds of children and their families will come to campus for STEM Exploration, Boise State’s annual all-day learning event that gives K-12 students a chance to delve into all kinds of fun and engaging hands-on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math.
It’s a great event and a fantastic example of one of Boise State’s most important roles in our community – being a touchstone for exploring our world and universe, whether through a scientific experiment, an exhibition of thought-provoking art, a stimulating lecture about current events or an exhilarating live performance.
This weekend, kids – both young and old – will be enthralled by rocket launches, concrete canoes, race cars that run on vegetable oil and meeting Barbara Morgan, our distinguished educator in residence and former NASA astronaut. And while they are here, they could see an interesting exhibit by a local artist in the Student Union Building.
Next week, those interested in the intertwined beauty of nature and science can come to a talk presented by our visiting artist and scholar program or, on Feb. 12, take in the opening session of this spring’s “The Idea of Nature” lecture series.
There’s always something happening on campus for music lovers – whether they are looking for jazz, classical, or something a bit more contemporary. And, of course, a musical theater production is always just around the corner.
Practically every day, something is happening – sports, ballet, something for young expanding minds, or vital older ones. Our venues for these events – art galleries, the fantastic Morrison Center for Performing Arts, Taco Bell Arena, the Yanke Research Park, the Special Events Center, or our Student Union Building – are hard to beat.
Boise State’s role at the center of the community’s intellectual and cultural life takes many forms far beyond our classrooms and laboratories. Higher education isn’t just about college degrees – it’s about a lifelong relationship with exploring new ideas and seeking out new experiences. Keep an eye out, and I know you’ll find something that interests you.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.