March For Science in Shelton Saturday

March For Science is a national and international celebration of science on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations. There is a strong history of science in Shelton, Mason County and nearby counties.

This is an opportunity to elevate the visibility of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) in our community. Cooperation with agencies for recognition of Earth Day, and with our School District and Colleges will broaden the interest. Mason County folks will show visible support for the strong Technical Programs in our schools and encourage the teachers and students to find their fulfillment and satisfaction in a wide variety of study areas to further vocations and/or avocations.

We will gather on Saturday, April 22 for a downtown March and a program at Mason County Transit Center. The March will start at Noon with a gathering at Loop Field, Downtown Shelton next to Evergreen School. Our March route will wind through town and end at Transit Community Center about 2PM. There will be video programs by Dr. Gushee on his Antarctic Experiences and by Andy Farrington on Wing Suit Flying followed by open discussion. Local scientists of many specialties will volunteer to have face-to-face discussions with curious people and aspiring students. We will plan booths by local companies and agencies. Volunteers will be tagged as STEAMERS and SENIOR STEAMERS (Retired Scientists), and students can participate as JUNIOR STEAMERS. We will GENERATE STEAM in Mason County with face-to-face sharing of stories. Shelton Cinemas will show free science-oriented movies on Sunday morning.

Please join us to include Shelton and Mason County as a small part of this large international gathering. It is an inclusive, non-partisan, celebratory gathering focused right here. This is not a protest.