Families and Museums Exploring (FAME)

How can families and museums help kids become scientists? NC State is working to find out by partnering with three museums, Marbles Children’s Museum, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to engage families in STEM activities to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Research shows that kids in families who engage in activities together are more likely to continue those activities as they get older. 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.

Learn more at nsserg.fi.ncsu.edu


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Dr. Gail Jones
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Emily Cayton
Graduate Research Assistant

Pamela Huff
Graduate Research Assistant

Katherine Chesnutt
Graduate Research Assistant

Megan Ennes
Graduate Research Assistant

Sabrina Monserate
PEP Undergraduate Research Assistant



National Science Foundation

Marbles Children’s Museum

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences