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Pre-Service Teachers Volunteer at Family Science Day

Monday, May 04, 2015

Twenty-eight students enrolled in Watson College undergraduate programs joined math faculty as volunteers at a Family Science Day event held at the NC Aquarium in Fort Fisher on April 19.

Ginger Rhodes, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, said the event was a huge success that attracted more than 1,500 participants.

The WCE students joined Rhodes, associate professor Allison Toney and lecturer Elizabeth Creath at a station titled, "How far could you hop if you hopped like a frog?" They helped children and families use ratios and proportions to discover what they could do if they had the amazing abilities of animals. Participants learned that a frog can jump 20 times its body length, a chameleon's tongue is half of its body length and other fun facts. The students also helped children create origami frogs and a chameleon's tongue proportionate to their own body.

Students who volunteered at the aquarium event are enrolled in elementary education, education of young children, special education and secondary mathematics education programs at the Watson College.


UNCW's Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and MarineQuest also served as community partners at the event.

Additional partners were New Hanover County Arboretum, Army Corps of Engineers, Bricks 4 Kids, Cape Fear Audubon Society, Cape Fear Community College, Cape Fear River Watch, Cape Fear Museum, Children's Museum of Wilmington, the Center for Marine Science and Technology, North Carolina Coastal Federation, DREAMS of Wilmington, Fort Fisher Recreation Area, FrogWatch USA, New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sea Biscuit Bird Rescue, Museum of Coastal Carolina, UNCW Coastal and Marine Educators, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville.

As an official 2015 North Carolina Science Festival event, the aquarium's Family Science Day is among hundreds of community-based events showcasing STEM activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. During a two-week celebration each spring, the festival brings hundreds of events (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other community organizations) together under one banner to recognize the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.