Mountains to Coast
The NC State University Goodnight Scholars Program, in conjunction with Leadership and Civic Engagement, hosts an Alternative Service Break (ASB) extending from the mountains to coastline of North Carolina. ASB: North Carolina – Mountains to Coast is an interdisciplinary service-learning trip focused on enriching STEM education in North Carolina’s public K-12 system, particularly in schools serving resource-limited and low-income rural communities. Scholars chosen for the trip will partner with public K-12 educators and groups, such as The Science House, and develop sustainable STEM education activities that will be implemented in classrooms across the state. Our team has a passion for encouraging students to explore everything that STEM has to offer, and would love to foster persistence in these fields in your community. Scholars will learn from community leaders, teachers, administrators, and families about the real issues facing public education in North Carolina communities and its subsequent impact on the complete growth of our state. Time will also be dedicated to exploring North Carolina through cultural excursions and community activities.
Who are the Goodnight Scholars?
The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 by Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute. The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, education, mathematics (STEM) or STEM-education at NC State. Students accepted into the program receive an annual scholarship valued at $17,500 per year for up to four years ($70,000 total).
Our goal is to show young students how interesting and fun STEM can be. Our hope would be to spend the entire day at your middle school working on several different activities with different groups of students. There will be 14 people in total on the trip. We could either break into smaller groups and go into individual classrooms, or be set up in your media center and have the students come to us. We will work with the administration of each school to set-up the details of the visit. The trip will be in the Hoke County area on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.