In a world in which advances in science and technology are accelerating, it is necessary to prepare our children for a changing world. We cannot hope to predict the direction that science and technology will change during our children’s lifetime, but we can prepare them for the process of change so that they can become the innovators of the future.
SciWorks is the interactive, hands-on science center for Winston-Salem, the City of Arts & Innovation. It is the place that gives children and their families the opportunity to acquire and practice the four skills of innovation that will prepare them for any future.
- Creativity. SciWorks exhibits and programs present problems to visitors for which they must work out creative solutions. This is what makes SciWorks different from a static, collection-based museum.
- Collaboration. A visit to SciWorks is rarely an individual experience. Most of our visitors come as a class or family. Collaboration in problem-solving is fundamental to the future prosperity of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina and the entire United States. Working together as a team to solve challenges prepares our children to face new challenges in the larger world with confidence and courage.
- Risk-Taking. At SciWorks, our exhibits and programs provide an opportunity for visitors to take risks and try new things in a controlled environment. In a changing world, it is necessary for individuals and groups to take risks in order to succeed through innovation — the alternative is complacency and an inability to change.
- Perseverance. The innovators of the future require perseverance. SciWorks, through KevaWorks and other exhibits and programs provides the opportunity for our visitors, young and old, to engage with an activity for an extended period of time and to try, try again when something goes awry. This repeated trying is fundamental to the innovation process — many of the world’s greatest ideas are not generated in a single moment, but come through struggle and set-back.
These four skills of innovation are not always readily available in our school systems, which depend upon defined curricula and standardized testing. Science centers such as SciWorks provide informal, free-choice learning opportunities for families and classes, important tools needed to stimulate the innovation process.
The City of Arts & Innovation needs a strong, vibrant SciWorks that continues to fulfill its mission to children and families. In essence, SciWorks is the place Where Innovation Begins.
Thank you for your interest and support. SciWorks is a 501c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.