BALTIMORE (WJZ)—American students seem to be falling behind when it comes to science, and that can jeopardize our economy and national security.

Jessica Kartalija reports a new exhibit is encouraging kids to take an interest in science.

Creating future scientists, one exhibit at a time.

“You can do stuff that you have never done before,” said Jessie Johnson, third-grader.

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger is helping to launch the new STEM exhibit at Port Discovery. Called NanoFabulous, kids learn how scientists discover and invent.

“Technology is so important to the future of our country. Our younger generation needs to learn math, science, physics, and hopefully these young children who were here today will be influenced by having fun and learning technology,” Ruppersberger said.

“They are truly very excited about science, and they are excited about learning. They are seeing that learning and fun can go together,” said Sheila Hightower.

The NanoFabulous concept was created by professors and grad students at the University of Maryland’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

“Only 4 percent of Americans are scientists. That’s not good for us. We need to expose them to things that they aren’t used to seeing,” said Arlinda Johnson.

University of Maryland researchers will lead lessons and take families through the exhibit.

NanoFabulous will add to the museum’s current nano exhibit.


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