BWF Invests $2.1 million in N.C. Informal Science Education

13 October 2016

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of 13 Student Science Enrichment Program grants.  The grants support informal science education programs that take place outside of the traditional classroom time and total $2.1 million.

The Student Science Enrichment Program was created in 1996 to support North Carolina science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs that provide a hands-on experience for participants.  These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years.  Since 1996, the program has funded 201 awards for $32 million.

“We will continue to provide support for STEM education for North Carolina’s students, particularly in the areas of the state where such support is much needed,” said BWF President John Burris, Ph.D.  “Our goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists and leaders in our state and in our country.”

There are 1.5 million children in North Carolina’s public and charter schools and SSEP has reached an estimated 38,000 students, in addition to parents, teachers, school administrators, and scientists.  BWF’s giving spans all 100 counties in North Carolina through out-of-school time, inquiry-based STEM programs.

The organizations receiving award this year are:

Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley
iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Camp and Eno Summer Science Academy, a Year-Round Learning Experience

Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation
IMAGINE-NC: Integrating Mathematics and Geology In Eastern North Carolina

Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools
Enriching and Enhancing Hands-On Science at Title 1 Schools With Camp Invention

Elizabeth City State University
College and Career Pathways to Aerospace/Aviation through Authentic and Experiential STEM Learning Activities

Elon University
Wildlife Studies: Critical Carnivores

Foundation of the Carolinas
The Summer Science Experience - Sixth Grade Science Sleuths and Ten80 PLUS

Friends of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
Teen Science Cafes

Lenoir County Public Schools
Lenoir County Public Schools STEM Summer Camp

Mount Airy City Schools
RCR Future Drivers

North Carolina State University
GAPS (Geospatial Analytics for Problem Solving) for Hi-Tech Teens

North Carolina State University
RAIN (Raising Achievement through Inquiry and Networking) Across the River

Orange County Schools
Engineering Matters

Rowan-Salisbury Schools
The BRIDGE (Building Research Investigators Doing Growth Experiences) program of Rowan Salisbury Schools

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Media contact:  Russ Campbell at 919/991-5119 or news@bwfund.org