Teachers at Title I public schools across the state may apply for the latest round of Aquarium Scholars mini grants, which facilitate field trips to the three North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier or send educators to their locations.
RALIEGH – Teachers at Title I public schools across the state may apply for the latest round of Aquarium Scholars mini grants, which facilitate field trips to the three North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier or send educators to their locations.
The four facilities span the state’s coastline with one at Fort Fisher south of Wilmington, another located mid-state at Pine Knoll Shores and the third is in the northeast on Roanoke Island with Jennette’s Pier due east of there on the oceanfront in Nags Head.
The current call for scholars marks the fifth cycle of money made available by the North Carolina Aquarium Society.
“For nearly five years the Aquarium Scholars program has provided one of our state’s most innovative educational experiences for students from under – resourced communities,” said Reid Wilson, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
“It’s wonderful to watch the children’s faces light up with wonder as they experience and learn about things they’ve never seen before,” he said, “and it gets them excited about science and nature.”
The North Carolina Aquarium Society’s Director of Development Jim Mulvey also likes the way Aquarium Scholars opens doors for children from across the Tar Heel state.
“To me, the most important aspect of the program is that we are reaching underserved students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the pier or one of our aquariums or even see the ocean,” he said. “We hear from teachers all the time about the experience of their students seeing the ocean for the first time.”
“For participants, in addition to experiencing a unique opportunity, they will learn from new perspectives, develop new skills, and engage in discovery in ways that are different from traditional classroom methods,” Mulvey added.
At Jennette’s Pier, Aquarium Scholars can expect to experience one or two of these offerings each visit: Squid Dissection, Beach Explorations, Pier Fishing, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Plankton Investigation and Ocean Currents.
Applications for the 2021-2022 Aquarium Scholars may be submitted through Sept. 8. For more information or to contribute, visit www.ncaquariums.com/aquarium-scholars .