The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium’s mission is to create and present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder in learning about space and science. We realize that science has a critical role to play in the lives of the residents of Laredo and the South Texas Region. As careers become progressively more technologically oriented, facilities such as the planetarium become even more important to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. All residents specially school aged children need to be informed and empowered in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to individually and collectively embrace the opportunities available today and in the future.
The vision of the Planetarium at TAMIU is that this region will, through science literacy and capability, achieve industrial and economic growth and high employment, and its residents will enjoy the consequent social benefits. The culture of science will become as integrated into peoples' lives as the culture of sport.