Families and Museums Engaging

Welcome to FAME!

Families and Museums Exploring

How can families and museums help kids become scientists? NC State is working to find out. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is excited to announce a new research opportunity funded by the National Science Foundation exploring this issue. NC State is partnering with three museums, Marbles Children’s Museum, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Together these museums will engage families in STEM activities to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

What was the inspiration for this project? Research shows that kids in families who engage in activities together are more likely to continue those activities as they get older. We believe that if families engage together in science recreationally then their children will have a greater likelihood of pursuing a career in science. If we create an environment where youth and their families see science and engineering as something they do for fun and where they feel supported and valued, they will develop an interest in exploring science and engineering beyond the life of the project. By engaging the families with scientists and engineers in an immersive experience, we can transform their knowledge and views of STEM careers.

“This project has the potential to transform how we think about career education and can make learning STEM a part of the normal activities that North Carolina’s families do for fun. We want every child to find new interests in science and engineering and give serious thought to a career in these areas. ” -Dr. Gail Jones, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Meet our partners that helped make FAME happen.