UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative to Host ChangeMakers Event April 12

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Young creators, dreamers and future innovators are invited to join UNCW’s 2019 NC Science Festival event, “ChangeMakers,” on Friday, April 12.
“ChangeMakers” will provide participants with the opportunity to explore maker technology. The maker movement emphasizes applied learning in a social environment, which encourages learning through doing. During the program, participants will work on developing solutions for problems that they are passionate about by creating something new.
“We recognize that we must encourage innovation in order to develop an effective STEM workforce,” said Amy Moody, director of the Center for Assistive Technology in the Watson College of Education. “The more opportunities we can give students to engage in the STEM community, the more likely they will be to see the STEM workforce as a possible field for employment.” UNCW students from the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education will assist in facilitating learning.

Individuals with disabilities and youth ages 4-17 are encouraged to attend the event from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, a K-8 year-round public school that was opened by UNCW in July 2018.
Planned activities will include making:

  • Simple grabbers
  • Earphone covers or ear protectors
  • Simple prostheses
  • Wheelchairs or covers
  • Fidget toys
  • Extended pointers
Two sessions will be offered, both of which are free but require registration. Session I is from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and Session II is from 11 – 12:30 p.m.
As a part of the university’s Strategic Plan, UNCW is committed to applied learning initiatives. The STEM Learning Cooperative capitalizes on campus and community partnerships to develop and deliver aspirational STEM learning opportunities for students, families and educators in southeastern North Carolina.
-- Mary Ann Fearing ’19