Friday, October 7, 2011

History's Purpose: Inspire The Future

There will be people at our 15-Year, 50-Year event at the Aerospace Center tomorrow who can boast having worked here from Day One 50 years ago!   People who picked up and moved their families from Southwest Ohio, Eastern Pennsylvania, and other places around the globe to Licking County back in 1961 and 1962 will be there too. People who did the same thing 15 years ago when privatization came will be there too.  Amazing stories.

Looking at the past is worthwhile, but it's greatest worth comes when it pays forward in some way.

I believe looking backward will have served its greatest purpose when it inspires the next generation.    The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focus of the event is intended to be that spark of inspiration. 

That's why the most exciting thing for me tomorrow will be realizing, when I see their faces, that some children are inspired by what they see, hear, and experience.  The measure of success will if kids decide, then and there, that STEM skills are for them.

Here's hoping it works.

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