Underserved Middle School Students will Dive Into College Life at UNCW Camp June 18-22

Local students learn about science and math during the Junior Seahawk Academy summer program.

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Friday, June 08, 2012

Area middle school students will get a taste of the college experience during the University of North Carolina Wilmington's annual Junior Seahawk Academy 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 18-22. The academy is designed to help all children, especially underserved children, develop and maintain an interest in learning math, science and technology while participating in fun and creative hands-on activities.

Studies show that exposing students to a college campus encourages them to consider college as an option for their future. UNCW's Watson School of Education, the South East Area Health Education Center, and Time Warner Cable have joined forces to sponsor the Junior Seahawk Academy in an effort to help students succeed in school.

Around 60 students between the ages of 11-14 will participate in this year's program. Through fun and creative hands-on activities, these students will explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), health and education careers, reading skills and more.

According to Angelia Reid-Griffin, Junior Seahawk Academy program coordinator, 80 percent of program participants graduate high school and go on to attend a college or university. The core curriculum for the program is aligned with the state's Common Core Standards and Essential Standards for education.

This year's theme is "Healthy Habits, Happy Humans" and focuses on health issues that affect young children. On the last day of the program, students will showcase their accomplishments and achievements from the past week. An award will be given to the student who most demonstrated the promise of a devotion to leadership and learning.

For more information, visit www.uncw.edu/ed/jrseahawk, call 910.962.7176 or email jrseahawk@uncw.edu.

Visual Ops:

Tuesday, Jun 19, 9 a.m. in Education Building 162

Chuck Bingham, a North Carolina native who carried the Olympic torch in the 2002 Games, will talk with campers and showcase the Olympic torch

Wednesday, Jun 20, 9 a.m. in Education Building 162

Campers will go through CPR training

Thursday, Jun 21, 10:15 a.m. at the Gazebo field

Campers will launch bottle rockets

Friday, Jun 22, 10:15 a.m. in Education Building

Time Warner Cable will conduct live demonstrations of STEM concepts


Media contacts:

Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu