Our Goals

“Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.”
- Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

     Listed below are the main objectives for every BurkScience Club Activity. For more information about the need for science clubs, the history of the BurkScience Program and the overall features of the program, please take a look at our Science Club Advisor Manual.

Our Goals:

  • To stoke students’ curiosity about the world around them, how it works and how it can be improved through technology and science. It is our goal to have each student eager to look into unanswered questions (inspired by the club or otherwise), habitually, on their own after school.
  • To help students exercise their scientific problem solving skills and apply them to real world questions. Each student will be able to conduct research, experimentation, and so forth on a subject using the scientific method to higher efficacy than their peers.
  • To inspire students at young ages to consider becoming future scientists and engineers. This is done in part by exploring and celebrating the astounding feats of past scientists and engineers and by challenging them with the mysteries of what is yet unsolved. As the well-known Bill Nye, President of the Planetary Society, has put, “Everybody who's a physician, who makes vaccines, who wants to find the cure for cancer…[or] wants to do any medical good for humankind got the passion for that before he or she was 10.”
  • To increase students' science literacy and to supplement their education. This is not only done through presentations or discussions, but also through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, deconstructions and exploration.
  • To increase student’s technological literacy at young ages in order to give them an advantage in an increasingly technologically competitive society. Celebrated Astrophysicist Carl Sagan asserted the need for this literacy when he said, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”