I am fascinated by humanity and its potential. This fascination has ultimately led to a series of questions I would ask myself regarding our priorities as a society. "What would give humanity its best chance of survival considering the Universe wants us dead?" Looking over the major challenges we face, everything from climate change, resource wars, energy security, epidemics and rocks from space, all roads lead, ultimately, to education. However, education is a vast complex spectrum, so if I had to place my chips on one bet, all things considered, it’s science and technology, the STEAM subjects. If there is one thing that keeps me awake at night it's scientific literacy, or rather the lack of. Critical thinking and a strong scientific social foundation are fundamental to the success of any future society. The Virtual Public Aerospace Career Concept (VPACC) is my response to the question “what would I do to reinforce our efforts to build a STEAM-based society?"
While on my walk around our truly amazing planet I had a visa revoked in Russia. In response I was forced to take a detour across North America from Los Angeles to Washington DC to secure a Russian visa. This was an opportunity to interface with a number of STEAM-based institutions, informal learning programs, educators, aerospace museums and science centers, to assess our efforts to nurture a scientifically literate society. Considering this is a national priority, not to mention a humanitarian priority, I was a little underwhelmed.
I am confident we need a fresh approach to these challenges. While the majority of programs focus on the academics I am increasingly sold on the deeper emotional development as a missing component, a social experiment that needs to be run. We need to bring emotional content to the scientific world view, a purpose in resurrecting our pioneering spirit, utilizing the power of our deep desires to explore, our devotion to entertainment. The VPACC concept is our approach to this challenge.