EarthSky // Press Released Mar 25, 2010

At Economist Summit on Innovation, new ideas from EarthSky on science education

EarthSky’s Director of Business Development Lauren Ward presented new ideas on how the science community can create a louder “voice” and greater impact at a recent Economist Innovation Summit (“Fresh Thinking for the Ideas Economy”) held March 23-24 in Berkeley.

Conference attendees were asked to bring forth issues of interest to the community – to brainstorm solutions, and ultimately develop an Economist magazine cover for a future date. Teams led by esteemed professors in various fields tackled energy, global interdependence, the workplace, and the financial markets. EarthSky’s team led by Ward – which had proposed a session on educating the future scientists and engineers of tomorrow – was selected to present their final cover to the conference.

The EarthSky brainstorm solution was entitled “Knowledge Rains Down: Ending the Drought” and included the development of a PC-based learning system for global science and math education augmented by project-based learning with scientists and teachers as coaches, financed by unique systems including “a mutual fund for minds.”

The EarthSky Promise: To bring the ideas, strategies and research results of scientists to people around the world, with the goal of illuminating pathways to a sustainable future.