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Renewable Energry – ECU

AWARD YEAR: 2018

Ranjeet Agarwala PhD
Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
209 Science and Technology Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone:  252/328-9642
Project Title:  Renewable Energy and Green Manufacturing Academy for Rural Middle School Students in Eastern North Carolina

The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) at East Carolina University (ECU) is partnering with middle schools in rural eastern North Carolina (ENC) to offer summer camps focused on renewable energy and green manufacturing. The objectives of this educational opportunity are to a) excite students about pursuing professional and research careers in science-related areas; b) enhance students' proficiencies in science and mathematics; and c) encourage and motivate students to persist with science and mathematics education through scientific inquiry based hands-on learning.

The project is held during the summer at the ECU campus and will bring together approximately seventy-five (75) middle school students over a period of three (3) years. Each year, approximately twenty-five (25) 7th grade students, exhibiting a strong potential for STEM, will be actively recruited. Working collaboratively with STEM East, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP), teachers, and parents we plan to recruit underserved and unrepresented STEM oriented middle school students.

The students learn about renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydro-kinetics through experiential hands-on learning modules. The students also learn about green manufacturing such as waste reduction, recycling, and remanufacturing using inquiry-based learning. Inquiry-based experiments, combined with field trips will help students connect theory with practice and applications. We partner with ECU's Center for Sustainability, ECU's College of Education's STEM core, and the University of North Carolina's (UNC) Costal Studies

Institute (CSI) to develop and conduct experiential learning modules over 10 business days (50 contact hours). All the project educational activities are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Studies.
Each student is assigned a trackable project and contact will be maintained through a website and visits to the schools. Project staff will make two trips to participating middle schools to gauge the students' progress on their yearlong renewable energy projects. Parents and teachers are invited to the opening and closing camp ceremonies. One of the direct measures of success of this project will be gauged by tracking the number of students who are excited about high school STEM programs after participating in the summer camp.

Award Timeline

Jan 15, 2022

Application Opens

Apr 21, 2022

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2022

Notice of Award

Dec 01, 2022

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2026

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer

919-991-5103

Tiffanie Taylor

Senior Program Associate

919-991-5116