Driving Modern Decision-Making
Making informed choices on everything from buying light bulbs to vaccinating children requires a populace that can frame everyday decisions through the lens of science.
Enter the College of Sciences, which is cultivating science literacy through its groundbreaking efforts in public science. We’re empowering non-scientists to conduct their own research, work that turns homes into laboratories of discovery. We’re giving tens of thousands of North Carolina teachers and K-12 students new ways to teach and learn about science. And we’re building partnerships that spread our public science innovations throughout the state and nation.
Office of Public Science
Building science literacy beyond the NC State campus is a first-order responsibility of the college. The Office of Public Science coordinates all aspects of the college’s public science efforts, including citizen science, or scientific research conducted by the public; K-12 and informal science education; science communication; and innovation in public science.
Our goals in public science are twofold. By making science more accessible to non-scientists, communities are better prepared to address society’s grand challenges. We’re also preparing the next generation of researchers with the skills and professional responsibility to engage public audiences.
The Science House
The Science House reaches thousands of K-12 students and teachers around the state each year, but it’s more than a typical outreach program. We host science camps, run the giant NC Science Olympiad, and help NC State faculty build science outreach into their grant proposals. This comprehensive system boosts science literacy and the trains the diverse STEM workforce of tomorrow.
Since 1992, The Science House’s Imhotep Academy has brought science to life for middle-school students from groups underrerpesented in the sciences. Through hands-on activities, lab work, field trips, and interactions with real scientists, the program introduces students to the exciting new ideas that can launch dynamic careers.Creating Tomorrow's Scientists
State Climate Office of North Carolina
Education is a key mission area of the State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCONC). The office regularly supports undergraduate students through internships. Scientists and students from the SCONC also provide direct outreach for dozens of school and community groups and contribute to large educational events, amounting to thousands of direct educational outreach contact hours each year. SCONC’s scientists regularly supply a range climate news and information to the public using social media, SCONC’s Climate Blog, and through media interviews. For over ten years, SCONC has also been actively engaged with a citizen science weather observing network (CoCoRaHS) through volunteer recruitment, coordination, and training.