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.
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and Friday Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Gail Jones, Ph.D., will receive more than $500,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for her role as the leader of the education research component of the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus.
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.