Building Science Capital and Engaging New Audiences in STEM Experiences

Monday, October 1, 2018: 4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Meeting Room 26 (Connecticut Convention Center)
Session Leader:
Hardin Engelhardt, Education and Evaluation Specialist, Marbles Kids Museum
M. Gail Jones, Professor of STEM Education, NC State University, Megan Ennes, Graduate Research Assistant, NC State University, Tara Henderson, Director of School and Community Programs, Explora, Jan Weems, Senior Manager Early Childhood Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Hope Thomson, Family Science Coordinator, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Megan Pratt, Executive Director, The Pensacola MESS Hall and Celeste Kathleen, Community Engagement Coordinator, Marbles Kids Museum

Research shows that children’s interest in STEM careers is associated with their family’s science capital and habitus. How can museums engage new audiences in STEM programming? Build the science capital of those who aren’t already seeking STEM opportunities? Learn about science capital and novel approaches to family engagement in STEM.

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