Connecting Community and Science
The national Portal to the Public program connects public audiences with current science in their communities. Locally, the program is run by Science Central in partnership with Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Science Central Portal to the Public program helps make the connection through direct interactions with local researchers and experts. It allows us to share with the community who we are as an institution, and broaden how the general public conceives of science. Each year, several Purdue Fort Wayne faculty and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines present their current work at Science Central, interacting with the public through questions and live demonstrations.
Science Central, a regional resource located in downtown Fort Wayne, initiated the multiyear program via numerous grants received from the Portal to the Public Network funded by the National Science Foundation.