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Meet our Extraordinary-Scientist-in-Residence: Former Astronaut Dr. David Wolf

Allow us to introduce our new Extraordinary-Scientist-in-Residence—former astronaut Dr. David Wolf! Over the next year, Dr. Wolf will bring the real-world experience of space and innovative science to the museum's visiting children and families. He will develop and implement new program initiatives, serve as an advisor for science-based exhibits in development, and will share his vast knowledge through workshops, programs, and special events.
Dr. Wolf has been to space four times, including 128 days aboard the space station Mir, and has participated in seven spacewalks. He is a medical doctor and an electrical engineer who has conducted a number of studies in space, including investigating human physiology in microgravity.
We had a chance to ask Dr. Wolf some questions about his upcoming time at the museum. See what's in store!
David Wolf
There must be a million opportunities out there for you.  Why did you choose to join us here at the museum?
In short – inspiration.  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis shares compelling elements with NASA and space flight in that both have missions designed to inspire people of all ages and they both powerfully draw the attention of young people.  The Children's Museum improves our quality of life on Earth and particularly for Indiana, where my passion lies.  In my opinion, there’s nowhere better to move forward and focus on young people, their dreams, and give back, than The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis—biggest and best in the world.
What excites you the most about being our Extraordinary-Scientist-in-Residence?
When one walks around NASA, one is constantly amazed with what one sees and you get a sense that you’re a part of something extremely important that has a powerful inspirational capacity. One vision of the museum is to enable our young people to access more real science, to stimulate their minds and creativity, to help them discover their passions.  Space themes are truly captivating.  One can see their minds churning, lighting up, as they grasp space concepts.
What is the correlation between your experience and the museum?
When I look back, many of the skills I needed to be good as an astronaut were learned as a young person much like our museum visitors. In fact I have many strong memories of visiting The Children’s Museum. We want families to understand what a difference a visit can make for their children. Children will realize the relevance of what they learn now on their future. They will appreciate the common values important for success whether they become a business person or astronaut. Their experiences now, at The Children’s Museum, will give them a sense of purpose in their studies in school as well as other activities. We want to help them make good choices and pursue these effectively.
Photo Source: NASA
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