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EYC Faculty, Students Host Duke Energy Science Night at Howe Pre-K Center

Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Education of Young Children (EYC) program at UNCW’s Watson College of Education was host to a Duke Energy Science Night at Mary Washington Howe Pre-K Center on April 29.

More than 50 Howe Pre-K Center students and their families participated in the family science night, which was an official event of the 2016 North Carolina Science Festival. The event featured hands-on activities designed to help pre-K children and their families explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

The Mary W. Howe Pre-K Center, in partnership with UNCW’s Watson College of Education EYC Program, was one of 155 North Carolina public schools selected to host Duke Energy Science Nights in 2016. Support from the Duke Energy Foundation allowed the North Carolina Science Festival to provide each selected school with all materials needed for the activities. The Duke Energy Foundation seeks to power vibrant communities through investments in high-performing, sustainable initiatives that emphasize STEM, including programs that help create greater access to and participation in STEM-related informal and out-of-school educational opportunities.

EYC faculty at the Watson College prepare early childhood pre-service teachers in math and science through different program courses, and have been collaborating with local public pre-K programs to research STEM for young children. The science night kit provided by Duke Energy arrived in February, and assistant professor Jale Aldemir worked with students enrolled in WCE’s EYC program to build lessons and activities for young children at the Mary W. Howe Pre-K Center

“Generally, Duke Energy Science Nights are held in K-12 schools,” Aldemir said. “We were excited to be able to offer a family science night for families with young children.”

Ten students enrolled in Aldemir’s EDN-280 class helped facilitate the event. EDN-280 is a play and creative activities course in the EYC program at the Watson College.

Duke Energy Science Nights are an educational initiative of the North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation, with statewide science programming for all ages. Festival events include hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events, hosted by many different organizations within North Carolina. Most festival events are free.

The North Carolina Science Festival is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). For more information, visit http://www.ncsciencefestival.org.


About UNCW’s Education of Young Children (EYC) Program

The Education of Young Children (EYC) program at UNCW’s Watson College of Education provides a pathway for undergraduates to earn a bachelor’s degree and North Carolina license to work with children with and without developmental delays from birth through Kindergarten. The program is designed for individuals who will assume leadership roles as teachers, consultants and directors of early childhood education programs in public and private schools.

To learn more about the program, visit www.uncw.edu/ed/learn/eyc.html.