Aspen Science Center presents
You are cordially invited to not attend the first annual Quantum Ball in support of Aspen Science center! This will be the best fundraising event you’ve never attended!
Or will you? Just like Schrödinger’s Cat, we won’t actually know if you are in attendance unless we look. However, the mere act of looking will cause the waveform to collapse, only allowing us to observe that you are either in a state of attendance, or nonattendance! When you show up at the virtual door with your virtual ticket, you’ll be admitted by Maxwell’s Demon — but only if you’re moving fast enough!
Confused? Don’t be! As Richard Feynman said, “I think I can safely say that no one understands quantum mechanics.” And he earned a Nobel Prize in this very subject!
But one thing that we can all understand is the need for Aspen Science Center to raise money in support of our mission. This is the goal of the Quantum Ball — to raise $25,000 to help support all of Aspen Science Center’s programming across the Roaring Fork Valley, from Aspen to Rifle, in 2018.
What is the mission of Aspen Science Center, you ask? To advance the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration and education. In other words, we teach people about science. We believe that more people need to understand how science works and how critical it is to understanding and improving our world. Think of all of the things you wouldn’t have without science: clean water, electricity, communications, transportation, modern medicine… and on and on. At Aspen Science Center, we believe that the main way our society can continue to advance is by getting more people interested in pursuing science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. This means researchers, engineers, doctors, technologists, programmers, and many more fields.
75% of our programs and events are aimed at kids, because we must encourage the next generation to pursue STEM fields. Currently, the United States does not produce enough citizen scientists to fill all of the STEM jobs that we have. Why is this so? We believe that it is because kids are not introduced to the wonders of science early enough and thus, come to view STEM fields as “too hard.”
This must be fixed! And, we need your help!
Did you know:
- The number of STEM jobs in the U.S. is increasing at a rate that is 1.7 times faster than non-STEM jobs
- Only 16% of high school seniors pursue STEM careers; and of those, only 26% actually go into STEM careers.
- U.S. students currently rank 38th out of 71 developed countries in math achievement and 24th in science.
- Women currently hold 48% of the jobs in the U.S. – but only 24% of the STEM jobs. Minorities are similarly underrepresented.
Your generous support of science is more important today than ever. With proposed cuts to federal funding of scientific research and science education, especially during out-of-school time, the work of Aspen Science Center has never been more critical.
Please consider making a meaningful gift TODAY to Aspen Science Center in support of the
many exciting and educational programs that we provide for over 4,000 visitors annually!
Regardless of the amount you give, you will be making a difference by supporting Aspen Science Center, and making a difference in YOUR Roaring Fork Valley community.
SPOILER ALERT! In actuality, there isn’t any event to attend. Pick your favorite evening, put on your party clothes, grab your favorite beverage, and have a Quantum Ball reading about science or watching a science movie! The QUANTUM BALL is simply a playful (and hassle-free) way for you to join Aspen Science Center in connecting everyone with science. So,please stand up for science by buying a “ticket” to the Quantum Ball today. We have some modest rewards for you if you do, but more importantly, you will be supporting science. If you choose not to buy a “ticket” please consider giving something. $5, $25, $50, $500 — any amount helps!