The Charlotte Area Science Network is a collaboration of leaders in the science community working together on a mission to foster community, education and industry partnerships to promote science for life in the Charlotte area.
CASN’s goals are to market science as fun and integral to life by:
- Elevating the science knowledge level of the general public, the media, and specific influentials
- Developing Science Champions
- Building Science Networks
- Supporting the schools
- Positioning Discovery Place Inc. as the hub for public appreciation of science in Charlotte
- Leveraging science events, competitions, and resources
CASN began when the Charlotte Chapter of Sigma Xi invited Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri to speak at UNC Charlotte in 2001. However, Dr. Shakhashiri, a nationally recognized advocate for science in the community; wanted to do more than just a single presentation at the university. Dr. Shakhashiri wanted to reach out to the larger community. Dr. Shakhashiri had a busy two days in Charlotte. In addition to speaking to the University Honors Program at UNC Charlotte, he performed his signature chemistry show, Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri, at Discovery Place, free to the general public. He also took his message that “science is fun” to appearances on local radio, led a workshop for local science teachers and did science activities with children at a local community center. He encouraged others to become what he called “Science Champions”. The team, that organized Dr. Shakhashiri’s visit, realized how much more individual organizations could accomplish when they worked together. From this the Charlotte Area Science Network was born.
“The Charlotte Area Science Network is a collaboration of leaders in the science community working together to foster community, education and industry partnerships to promote science for life in the Charlotte area. We continue to strive to be Science Champions.”
Hilary Davidson, founding president