Families and Museums Exploring (FAME)
Dr. Gail Jones and her team partnered with Marbles Kids Museum, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to engage 60 diverse families in STEM activities and encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Data shows that families who participated in the FAME project saw changes in the degree to which they valued science, the degree to which their children saw science as important to their future and the amount of time they spent engaging in science-related activities at home.
"PBI Global sparked a passion for connecting my academic learning to service. I was able to affirm my identity as being a community leader, and it has guided me through my career that I want to pursue now."
-Sydney Richmond, Sophomore, NC State University, Past PBI Global Participant
Activating Youth Voices: Promoting Activism and Advocacy in Teens and Young Adults
In this webinar, Dr. Christy Byrd and Dr. Crystal Chen Lee discuss examples from two initiatives, #PasstheMicYouth and the Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI), to teach five practical steps on how to promote youth voices. The LCI program has offered 180 hours of literacy instruction and community engagement, served 51 students and facilitated six student publications. Students have shown increased leadership, writing and speaking skills; advocacy and awareness; and representation after participating in the program.
MSEN Program Brings STEM Experiences to Rural Students
MSEN is a STEM enrichment program that provides 6-12 grade students from underserved populations with experiences that will equip them to attend a four-year college or university to pursue majors in STEM fields. The NC State MSEN program has served 284 students through their Saturday Academy program and currently holds a class or after-school club in five middle schools and two high schools.
“I can’t really think of a better home for the LASER Institute than NC State and the Friday Institute. We take great pride, and place great emphasis, on supporting innovation, equity and capacity building in education. This project is a true expression of those values.”
-Shaun Kellogg, Ph.D., director of the Friday Institute Research and Evaluation team