The completion of Delaware's own interactive science museum.
Since 1993 (80% of my life) I have been involved with the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation either as a summer camper, volunteer, or part-time staff. I have watched this organization grow from a humble summer camp to an organization that has be a forerunner in Delaware's effort to help communities and the environment as well as a national effort in science education. They have worked with both NASA astronauts and budding space explorers of the newest generation.
For 10 years DASEF has been moving slowly towards the completion of a science museum that, when completed, could be Delaware's own Franklin Institute, Smithsonian, or Exploratorium. Our state has so much to offer in informal educational tools for art, environmental science, and history, but very little physical or space science. It is my dream that one day (hopefully soon), Delaware residents will have a place such as this to claim as their own.
What ideas do you have for finding the funds to complete this :Delaware Exploratorium?
Skip Ford commented
DASEF! Big Oak Park in Smyrna. Perfect partnership between DASEF, Kent Co Levy Court, and Del State University. 200,000+ who have been touched by DASEF programs can't be wrong!
Actually, there has been a great start located in the middle of the State, just south of Smyrna and easily accessed by SR#1. The first phase, the "Environmental Output" demonstrates a number of green technologies and sports one of the largest telescopes in the State. 20,000 school students a year visit this facility or participate in one of DASEF's programs. The main facility has been under construction for some time, the exterior shell is complete; however, significant funding is still required to complete the interactive displays, hands-on workshops, and classrooms.
The education center and museum is already going up at Big Oak Park in Kent County, central to all of Delaware. The shell is completed and enclosed but the interior needs to be finished, and this means millions more are needed for this multi-use facility that will be so much more than a museum.
That would be great, but like almost anything in Delaware, it will most likely end up in Wilmington, and out of reach of a lot of the state. I would think that you could get a lot of support, including the possibility of space if you partner with Del State, Wesley, and Del Tech, of which Del State and Del Tech do have land, space, and a science/education background which would be a HUGE help.