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21 WCE Students Volunteer at Family Science Day

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Twenty-one students enrolled in elementary, middle grades and special education programs at the Watson College joined math faculty as volunteers at a Family Science Day event held at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on April 23. The event featured hands-on activities and demonstrations shared by nonprofit and community organizations.

Ginger Rhodes, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, said the annual event is designed to promote science and math in ways that are engaging for adults and children.

The WCE students joined Rhodes, associate professor Allison Toney and lecturer Elizabeth Creath at a station titled, “Match that Graph.” They helped children learn about rate of change and graphs with an activity that used motion detectors to model their movements.

UNCW MarineQuest staff was also on hand to teach children and families how ghost nets and climate change are impacting the North Atlantic right whale.

Additional community partners at the event were Cape Fear Museum, North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center, Ocean Isle Museum Foundation and Plastic Ocean Project.

As an official 2017 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.