Fernbank Science Center Mission

The Board of Education of the DeKalb County School District defines Fernbank Science Center as an integral part of the DeKalb County School District. It is an extension to the regular elementary, secondary, adult and post secondary school program. Fernbank Science Center is designed to enhance the scientific literacy and the related proficiency of the lay, student and professional populations of DeKalb County, the metropolitan area and the state of Georgia. Instructional materials developed at Fernbank Science Center shall be correlated to science courses being taught in the DeKalb schools. Each instructional activity shall be designed to meet the level of understanding of each participating group. Programs conducted by Fernbank Science Center staff members shall be directed toward teacher in-service, a supplement to classroom science curricula, and public presentations.

The mission of Fernbank Science Center is to provide extraordinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) instruction, exhibits, opportunities and experiences to the DeKalb County School District, the local community and beyond. The science center is dedicated to science literacy and life-long science learning for all people and all ages.

The students of the DeKalb County School District receive instruction from science specialists in their field that is aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards but goes beyond regular classroom instruction. Programming is designed to motivate and inspire students to learn more about how science and scientists work and to encourage student achievement in science.

Teachers are provided professional learning opportunities that are designed by Fernbank Science Center instructors. These programs, experiences and workshops are content based and grade and area specific.

Community based programming is developed as part of Fernbank Science Center’s dedication to continued life-long learners of science for the entire family, and includes exhibits, special programming in the evening and on Saturday and other learning opportunities. These programs are intended to connect the scientific community with the public to promote a better understanding of science and the natural world.