Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

50 Students Participate in Junior Seahawk Academy

Saturday, September 03, 2016

The Junior Seahawk Academy is offered each summer to middle school students from underserved and underrepresented populations in southeastern North Carolina. The program, sponsored by the Watson College and coordinated by WCE associate professor Angelia Reid-Griffin, seeks to help students develop an interest in math, science and technology through participation in fun, hands-on activities that promote learning.

Two sessions of the academy were offered for the first time this summer, and field experiences and hands-on learning projects were expanded thanks to a generous grant from the Biogen Foundation’s “Ignite the Power of STEM” program. The Academy also received extensive support from community, campus and high school volunteers.

Thirty students participated in a one-week session of the program in June, and 20 students enrolled in the two-week camp offered in July.

STEM activities were provided at sites including the Cape Fear Museum, Fort Fisher Aquarium, Cape Fear Community College and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s water/sewer treatment facility. Volunteers from GE, Wilmington Yoga and Cardio, UNCW’s Centro Hispano, the Upperman Center, Randall Library, the Recreation Center, UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services and the Watson College provided additional on-campus enrichment opportunities for students.

A grant from the Farm Bureau of New Hanover County enabled the academy to engage students in topics of agriculture and nutrition. Additional project-based learning was provided in the expanded makerspace in Randall Library Curriculum Materials Center, where students used sewing and creative design workstations to make pillowcases for donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

An award from Friends of UNCW provided scholarships for 15 students and a UNCW Cahill grant helped support the research focus of the program. The academy was also selected as one of 80 national nonprofit organizations to join the Connected 100, a new program funded by Time Warner Cable that helps organizations recruit volunteers.

The Junior Seahawk Academy’s participation in The Connected 100 was announced in a UNCW home page story in June.

For information on the Biogen Foundation Grant see Watson Chronicle story.

For more information on the Junior Seahawk Academy visit www.uncw.edu/ed/jrseahawk.