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Junior Seahawk Academy Receives Grant from the Biogen Foundation

The Watson College is pleased to announce that the Junior Seahawk Academy has received a $4,500 "Ignite the Power of STEM" grant from the Biogen Foundation. The funds will be used to expand field experiences and project-based learning for middle school students who attend the educational summer day program.

The Biogen Foundation's "Ignite the Power of STEM" program awards grants to support science education programs and projects that expand and enhance science education at the elementary, middle and/or high school levels. The program is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.

The Junior Seahawk Academy aims to engage students ages 10-14 from underserved populations, with a focus on STEM education and exploratory learning. A key goal of the program is to raise students' interest in careers in the fields of STEM, health care and education.

"The grant will enable us to provide a mentoring network and more community-based opportunities for students," said Angie Reid-Griffin, WCE associate professor and coordinator of the Junior Seahawk Academy (JSA) program.

The funding will support transportation so that we can arrange specialized talks with STEM and health care professionals, and tours of STEM and health care facilities in the region, she said. The grant funds will also enable the JSA to purchase materials to expand hands-on learning projects offered on campus.

"At JSA, we teach middle school students to value science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showing them how these subjects impact our everyday life," Reid-Griffin said. "This grant will enable us to provide learning opportunities to increase students' faculty and mastery in STEM, and field experiences that enable them to explore how careers in these fields influence society and the world around them."

Reid-Griffin helped to spearhead the Junior Seahawk Academy at UNCW in 2005, and has served as coordinator of the program since 2007.

About the Biogen Foundation: The mission of the Biogen Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen operates. The Biogen Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations. Visit the Foundation's webpage for more - www.biogen.com/foundation.

About the North Carolina Community Foundation: The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $101 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $237 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments

RTPi3 STEM Essay Contest

Check it out! Available to 10th to 12th grade students in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pembroke, Buncombe, Wilson, and Guilford counties. Submissions are due in late April, and the winning essay will receive a technology prize valued at $2,500.

Congratulations 2016 H.S. Graduates!

  • Celine Lin - JSA Volunteer 2015 (Economics)

*Former Junior Seahawk Academy participants, contact us at jrseahawk@uncw.edu to let us know your accomplishments and current contact information.

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

  • Danielle Chasten- JT Hoggard H.S.
  • Seth Hunt- Topsail H.S.
  • Audrey Williams- N Brunswick H.S.

Great opportunities for families, schools (Elem., MS, HS), after-school & enrichment!

If you're going to be in Raleigh any time between October 16 and 26, be sure to check out the NC State Fair and the BioNetwork's STEM Bus! The STEM Bus is a 40-foot mobile learning lab that provides hands-on activities, equipment, games, and information about STEM careers. It's a great place to take a break from the heat and get inspired!

Would you like BioNetwork to visit your school? BioNetwork delivers customized classroom presentations and hands-on activities across the state of North Carolina. Don't let this no-cost opportunity pass you by!

  • Explore the properties of matter
  • Extract DNA from your own cheek cells
  • Experiment with yeast, document its reaction to sugars and artificial sweeteners

You can also visit us, tour our laboratories, and use our equipment to carry out experiments in our teaching labs. We work with schools, afterschool and enrichment programs, clubs, camps, and many other organizations.

Let us know how we can work together to create an amazing science experience for your students. Contact Summer Cortinas at scortinas@ncbionetwork.org. Science is awesome!

Middle School Enrichment Scholarship

The North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) awards scholarships to encourage disadvantaged middle school students to begin considering attending college after finishing high school by providing tuition to a summer enrichment program at a North Carolina college or university. Each student will be matched with a mentor to assist them with selecting a program and requesting funds from NCASFAA. Visit their website for more information >

Eric and Casey Burns, DDS to participate in this year's Junior Seahawk Academy

Drs. Eric and Casey Burns have agreed to do a 2 hour seminar for the participating students. They are looking forward to helping these students learn more about dentistry.

About First Book

First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy - access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them. Junior Seahawks have been selected as a recipient. Read more >

Energize at Ashley High School

Energize held weekly group meetings at Ashley High School with 8-12 students. Each week students either learned to cook a healthy recipe, exercised as a group (Zumba/ yoga/ walking) or did a little of both. Read more >

Robotic Catapult2011 Outstanding Junior Seahawk LaVerne Whitted Recipient

Seth Hunt won 1st place first place in a technology competition at Topsail High School. He designed a robotic catapult.

Junior Seahawk 2010 participant competes in MATHCOUNTS competition