Watson Chronicle


Programs for P-12 Students

Middle School Students Explore STEM at Junior Seahawk Academy

Friday, September 01, 2017

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.

Twenty-eight students participated in the two-week program offered from June 26 to July 7 this summer.

Activities were provided at STEM related centers on campus including the School of Nursing Simulation Learning Center and the Face Imaging Lab, and at the CMC Makerspace located in the Education Building. Guest speakers including UNCW alumnus Acquinetta Beatty, WCE faculty members Jeff Ertzberger and Daisyane Barreto, employees from the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union and Burns Family Dentistry engaged students with presentations on STEM careers, innovative use of technology and financial management. A special college and career presentation was provided by UNCW and WCE advisors for the participants and high school mentors.

Support from the Farm Bureau of New Hanover County also enabled students to explore topics of agriculture and nutrition, and staff at UNCW’s recreation center offered yoga. Students also received books on STEM topics from the First Books of America-New Hanover County.

Jeremy Buie and Kemeka Sidbury, science teachers at D.C. Virgo Academy, joined Reid-Griffin on the academy’s teaching staff. More than 25 volunteers from the Watson College and the community provided coordination assistance and mentoring support, including 12 students from area high schools.