Greetings from Beijing, China! I am traveling with 11 other North Carolinians as guests of the Beijing Association of Science and Technology. We actually make up the entire U.S. delegation, which is a tremendous opportunity for North Carolina. Traveling with me are: Dr. Fran Nolan – leader of the delegation and Executive Director of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative; three members of the NC House of Representatives – Susan Fisher (Buncombe), Maggie Jeffus (Guilford) and Joe Tolson (Edgecombe, Wilson); Robin Bergeron of Guilford County Schools; Becky Grant – CEO of Greensboro Children’s Museum; Lew Ebert – President of the NC Chamber of Commerce; and four high school student-winners of the NC International Science Challenge – Shilani Chudasama, Victoria Jones, Victoria Melbourne and Chelsea Sumner.
One of the first items of business once we arrived in Beijing was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Beijing Association of Science and Technology. This is a five-year agreement that formalizes a training and exchange relationship between the United States and the Beijing Association of Science and Technology (BAST). Morehead Planetarium and Science Center joins the NC Science, Math and Tecnology Center and the Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative to form the U.S. side of the partnership. This is a tremendous opportunity for Morehead. The MOU was signed during a formal signing ceremony at BAST Headquarters. I have attached a picture of the participants right after signing the agreement. I look forward to utilizing this partnership to enhance our efforts at Morehead.
Todd Boyette has been director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center since 2006.