Junior Seahawk Mission
This project aims to:
- provide a platform for middle school aged students from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations to develop interests in STEM, health and education careers while participating in various fun, hands-on activities that promote learning
- provide a supportive environment for youth to showcase their talents as they learn about STEM concepts and careers in health and education
- aid in the implementation of literacy skill for all participants, including support for students with learning disabilities through the integration of science, mathematics and technology experiences.
- increase access of information for students, parents, and the community regarding benefits and accessibility of post-secondary education
The academy will serve approximately 60+ middle school students ages 10-14, grades 5th-8/9 grades. The populations of middle school students targeted for this academy are from economically deprived and diverse communities. Some participants may have low literacy rates, perform poorly in science and math and rarely take advanced courses required to attend college. Other participants of the program may excel in these areas and need additional support to enhance their skills and interests in STEM, health and education careers. Benefits for participants include improved knowledge of these subjects, technology and reading competence, social skills and increased access of information regarding post-secondary education and opportunities offered by UNCW and Watson College of Education. This program assists in developing community connections in the region and furthers STEM, Health and Teacher Education recruitment initiatives. Students from neighboring county school systems are recruited to participate in this program which was held during the 3rd or 4th week in June, at the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Our goal is to motivate underrepresented students interests in learning by allowing them to engage in real-world, hands on, field experiences. We will also use technologies and books to help enhance students’ literacy skills and other math and science learning tools to spark their interests in STEM, Health and Teacher Education.
Participants will engage in approximately 20+ hours of academic enrichment in mathematics, science, and technology. The core curriculum for the program is aligned with the Common Core Standards and Essential Standards (Mathematics & Science).