Each of the 40 Under 40 honorees this year are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their fields, and we know that they would not be where they are today without educational support and a community of family, friends, and teachers believing in their potential.
40 Under 40 Honoree Heather Hardinger of the Taney County Partnership believes in STEM because it can be the leader in diversity and inclusivity: “In the U.S. today, black female professors make up just 2% of all full-time faculty. I think representation is very important and certainly champion more young women and men of color to pursue and lead in STEM careers. Making sure students have access and opportunity to this kind of education, including higher education, is crucial for future diversity and representation.” Heather’s appreciation for STEM and science comes from her mother: “I was exposed to the value of STEM at a young age as my mother was a science teacher and opened my eyes to some many awesome and fascinating things that the world offers. In 8th grade, we got dial-up internet I learned HTML. In the summers, I attended science camps and learned how to manufacture my own camera. In middle school, I remember my mom ordering dissection tools and various animals and bugs for us to examine. Those experiences were really gross but also totally cool and kept me curious long through adulthood.” Heather is raising funds on behalf of the Discovery Center and is asking for your help.
The Discovery Center of Springfield is your nonprofit (501(c)(3), community-funded science center that turns playing today into leading tomorrow’s workforce through hands-on, experiential learning. The Discovery Center creates our future nurses, manufacturing professionals, engineers, computer scientists—some of the very careers featured on this year’s 40 under 40 list. The Discovery Center is a place where children growing up or living in poverty find hope. They are a vital part of our community’s economic health because the Discovery Center gives visitors the tools they need to determine their own future regardless of socioeconomic status.
Would you help honor 40 Under 40 honoree Heather Hardinger and celebrate her successes by believing in a child’s potential through the Discovery Center?
Thursday, March 7 from 4-8 pm at the Discovery Center
Everything you love about the Discovery Center–without the kids!
Unleash your inner child for a night of unlimited curiosity! Bring your friends, coworkers, or make it a date at this unique pop up event! Must be 21 years or older to attend.