Mission Statement of The Science Circle

 

  1. Who we are

The Science Circle is a multinational alliance of scientists, educators, students and science enthusiasts collaborating to share knowledge and promote open source education around the world.  We value dialogue within a community that promotes inclusion, diversity, and respect.

 

  1. Mission Statement

The mission of the Science Circle is to enhance understanding and learning and to promote dialogue broadly across disciplines with an emphasis on the sciences within the context of a virtual environment that allows for participation on a global scale.

 

  1. Strategic Plan, We will achieve this mission through a variety of activities.

3.1 We will promote the viability of the Science Circle by maintaining and growing a diverse, engaged membership whose creativity and energy lead the organization into the future.

3.2 We will promote dialogue and enhance understanding through a series of frequent professional presentations by Science Circle members and invited guests.

3.3 We will promote learning by providing access to numerous hands-on, interactive activities that enhance understanding of specific scientific topics.

3.4 We will promote virtual environments as an exciting, interactive educational tool for the sciences and encourage and facilitate the incorporation of virtual worlds by educators into various scientific curricula at educational institutions. 3.1 We will promote the viability of the Science Circle by maintaining and growing a diverse, engaged membership whose creativity and energy lead the organization into the future.      

 

  1. Assessment Plan (how to measure if we achieved those goals)

4.1 Organizational viability will be assessed on:
– The number of active members,
– The variety of activities and services available to members, and
– The funds raised during the year from members and grants.

4.2 Presentations will be assessed on:
– The number of presentations per year,
– The diversity of presentations (different disciplines) per year,
– The average attendance per presentation, and
– The number of visits to the webpage where recorded presentations can be viewed.

4.3 Engagement with interactive activities will be assessed on:
– The number of interactive activities available,
– The number of people engaging with each interactive activity, and
– The comments from people engaging with each interactive activity.

4.4 Promotion of virtual environments as an educational tool will be assessed on:
– The number of educational institutions worldwide incorporating virtual environments into their scientific curriculum,
– The number of educators who visit the Science Circle Education Community Portal for assistance with teaching in virtual worlds, and
– The number of people who participate in the various programs aimed at facilitating the use of virtual worlds in formal scientific education.