The Junior Seahawk Academy was founded November, 2005 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, by College of Education faculty and staff. The Academy is a STEM/ Health/Teacher Education Outreach Program that focuses on strengthening partnerships while promoting innovation and engagement in teaching and learning. The vision of the academy continues to expand and we have found that it has positively influenced students' interests, attitudes, and achievements in schools. The Junior Seahawk Academy has provided a platform for over 480 middle school aged students to showcase their talents as they learn STEM concepts and careers in STEM, Health and Education. Serving approximately 30+ middle school students ages 10-14, grades 5th-8/9 grades, with varied learning abilities, the Junior Seahawk Academy has been able to provide these students exceptional experiences on a college campus and at field sites that help in stimulating their interests in higher education, novel technology, teacher education, health education and other STEM fields.
The Junior Seahawk Academy, sponsored by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, is an academy that provides a platform for middle school aged students from the southeastern regions of North Carolina to develop an interest in learning math, science and technology while participating in various fun, hands-on activities that promote learning. Through its effort it also helps in the implementation of literacy support for below grade level readers and readers with learning disabilities through the integration of science, mathematics and technology experiences. The Junior Seahawk academy promotes "fun" learning for middle school aged children as they participate in activities related to these challenging subjects. 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.
The Junior Seahawk Academy began in November, 2005 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Mathematics and Statistics Department spearheaded by Dr. Denise Terry Johnson, Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin and the late Laverne Whitted. The team wanted to create a platform for students from underrepresented and economically deprived groups to develop an interest in STEM careers as well as develop a positive community connection with students and families in southeastern North Carolina. In September, 2007, Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin, took on the role as program coordinator and with the support of Dr. Cathy Barlow, brought the Junior Seahawk Academy under the Watson College of Education where it continues to grow and strengthen the ties between the university and its surrounding communities. Junior Seahawk Academy was created as a platform for students from underrepresented and economically deprived groups but is open for all middle school students to participate. It is committed to helping youth develop an interest in STEM careers, as well as to developing positive community connections in southeastern North Carolina.