62% of currently available jobs in North Carolina require science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills; however, only 21% of our students graduate with those skills.
Grassroots Science Museums across the state are partnering with regional schools, universities, and industry leaders to ensure that North Carolinians have the skill sets they need in order to be employed.
16 of the 30 fastest growing occupations in North Carolina require substantial math and science; however, only 1 in 3 NC 8th graders are proficient in math and only 1 in 5 are proficient in science.
As the only statewide science museum collaborative we are positioned at the crossroads of industry, education, and community. Our investments in NC will ensure both short-term and long-term economic stability.
Current economic studies show that private investment follows an increase in North Carolina’s quality of life and this private investment creates jobs now for our citizens.
Grassroots museums represent over 32 institutions serving all 100 NC counties. These investments represent a significant and continued boost to the quality of life throughout the state thereby energizing private investment and job creation.
Grassroots museums generate $14.80 in economic flow-on for every state dollar allocated.
In addition, they generate over 5 million dollars in state taxes and represent a 100 million dollar economic impact throughout the state all while serving 3.65 million visitors annually.
Grassroots museums represent a strong return on investment by effectively leveraging state allocations.
Promoting Science Education Throughout North Carolina
Grassroots Science Museums are located in communities across the state of North Carolina – from the mountains to the coast. These museums serve millions of citizens annually through general visitation, teacher training and special programs. Programs include both onsite and offsite presentations and reach students in every North Carolina school district.
Citizens from all 100 counties visit these museums each year and are served through outreach programs. School children not only visit nearby museums, but travel across county lines to other member museums. Museums travel, too, offering outreach programs across the state.
Museums are important partners in inspiring and educating youth and adults in science and technology – connecting classroom learning to real-world experiences. Moreover, museums are one-of-a-kind places where visitors learn together through engaging, interactive environments.
Explore our website to learn more about the collaborative and our goals. In addition, our website has the only comprehensive statewide listing of grassroots museums and statewide events. We also have a listing of online resources as well as information about grassroots programs. Be sure to watch our short informational video and sign-up to receive our free email newsletter with valuable information about statewide programs and initiatives.
As a state, we have traditionally relied on the public school system to provide a sufficient educated population that can travel the workforce development pipeline entering specific post-secondary programs or go directly into the workforce. However, that model is no longer adequate in generating a base of awareness of the innovation economy, pathways to its evolving and emerging occupations, and the timely development of marketable skills. Concurrently, North Carolina is blessed with not only having a system of 34 informal hands-on science education institutions distributed across the state, but these science centers and museums are part of the only statewide collaboration in the US – The NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative (NC GSMC).
These science centers and interactive museums are community-developed community-valued facilities that possess depth and breadth in STEM experiences, engage the whole family, are partners with schools (public and private) and homeschools, and are prepared to play increasingly significant roles in linking learning to STEM-based business and industry while championing and communicating the importance of STEM in advancing the state’s innovation economy and its competitiveness globally.