Science Literacy for the Public

Goal

Increase science literacy through development of innovative programs on food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people.

Objectives

  1. The public will view UNL as the premiere knowledge center on issues related to food, fuel, water, landscapes, people, and the integrated stewardship of agriculture and natural resources.
  2. Work with community leaders so they can proactively address emerging issues in food, fuel, water, landscapes, and their communities.

Outcomes

  1. 25% increase in the number of views/uses of IANR online and mobile media resources related to food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people.
  2. 25% of all Nebraskans are reached by educational programming focused on food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people.
  3. By 2025, all Nebraska counties will have hosted at least one Café series (modeled after UNMC) focused on food, fuel, water, landscapes and people.
  4. Expose Nebraskans to the entrepreneurship opportunities based on research related to food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people.

Strategies

  1. Develop and market the Nebraska Collaborative for Food, Energy and Water Education website.
  2. Develop interactive Apps that teach key issues in food, fuel, water, and landscapes systems to life-long learners.
  3. Develop the STEM Learning Center at ENREC.
  4. Develop an interactive, hands-on exhibit at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo focused on pollinators, soybeans, and animal agriculture.
  5. Develop eXtension courses on food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people for life-long learners.
  6. Develop a Food, Fuel, Water, Landscapes, and People Café series.
  7. Expand the number of participants in the Master Naturalist, Climate Masters, and other related programs.
  8. Establish a partnership between community scientists and UNL faculty and staff to educate and engage the public on issues related to food, fuel, water, landscapes, and people by engaging them in data collection efforts designed to contribute to key issues of importance to science and Nebraska.