We are working to improve STEM education in formal and informal science settings and conducting research with students, families and educators. Our partners include schools, museums, science centers and research institutes.
Museum volunteer programs could be a potential avenue for recruiting high school students into science teaching and communication careers, according to a recent study supported by a Catalyst Grant from the Friday Institute and NC State College of Education.
Friday Institute researchers examined the influence of youth volunteer experiences on career aspirations through a lens of science identity, finding that museum volunteer programs with an explicit focus on communicating science to the public may be optimal places to cultivate the next generation of science educators and communicators.
Six research teams presented their work Oct. 1 during the virtual 2020 Catalyst Grant Research Symposium hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in collaboration with the NC State College of Education.