About the Foundation

The Foundation For Family Science & Engineering

The Family Science & Family Engineering programs actively engage elementary-aged children and their parents in fun, hands-on science and engineering activities and events. This proven model for effective family programming has been field-tested across the country and successfully implemented both nationally and internationally. Family Science & Engineering events create a welcoming and accessible environment for families from diverse communities to discover the exciting worlds of science and engineering, as well as explore a variety of science and engineering careers.

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Now, more than ever, we need to find new ways to motivate and educate future generations of diverse individuals with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Research shows that 8th grade students who express interest in STEM are up to three times more likely to pursue STEM degrees and careers than students who do not express such interest (Science, 2006). In order to have STEM interests by 8th grade, children must be exposed to positive experiences with science and engineering years earlier, be confident in pursuing their interests, and have parents who are able to encourage and support this interest. Research also shows a significant improvement in a child’s self-confidence and academic success when parents are more actively engaged in their learning (Harvard Family Research Project, 2005). Reaching children and their families with positive science and engineering experiences during the elementary years will build a foundation for lifelong learning, exploration, and innovation.

Board Members:

Don W. Brown, D.Ed.
Oregon Trail Public Schools

Anne Gurnee
David Heil & Associates

Amparo Leyman Pino, M.Ed.
Education Consultant

Maddie Zeigler
GrantWriting Consulting Services, LLC