The Board of Education of the DeKalb County School District defines Fernbank Science Center as an integral part of the DeKalb County School District. It is an extension to the regular elementary, secondary, adult and post secondary school program. Fernbank Science Center is designed to enhance the scientific literacy and the related proficiency of the lay, student and professional populations of DeKalb County, the metropolitan area and the state of Georgia. Instructional materials developed at Fernbank Science Center shall be correlated to science courses being taught in the DeKalb schools. Each instructional activity shall be designed to meet the level of understanding of each participating group. Programs conducted by Fernbank Science Center staff members shall be directed toward teacher in-service, a supplement to classroom science curricula, and public presentations.
The mission of Fernbank Science Center is to provide extraordinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) instruction, exhibits, opportunities and experiences to the DeKalb County School District, the local community and beyond. The science center is dedicated to science literacy and life-long science learning for all people and all ages.