The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was awarded a $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable on Sunday. The two-year grant will help to support the Museum’s Girls in Science program, which serves nearly 200 sixth and seventh grade girls by providing hands-on activities in the natural sciences through special projects, activities at site-based clubs for girls attending under-served schools, and summer camps in Wake and New Hanover counties.
The Girls in Science program introduces girls to the natural sciences through field trips, local research projects, overnight camping adventures with nocturnal nature explorations and other hands-on natural science activities. Participants also have the opportunity to explore natural science careers and meet Museum staff and other female scientists. The grant is part of Time Warner Cable’s philanthropic initiative Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), a five-year initiative designed to engage and encourage young people to pursue education and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
“We are extremely proud to partner with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences,” said Christine Whitaker, Time Warner Cable’s area vice president of operations for the Eastern North Carolina. “Research tells us that young girls have a greater chance of losing interest in STEM studies during the middle school years. Hands-on programs like these demonstrate the value of science education and careers, helping to inspire these students to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.”
The $50,000 grant was presented at a Girls in Science Neuse River Project Open House at the Museum’s Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh on May 15. This particular project enabled 18 Wake County students to conduct water quality research and present their experiences to parents, principals and teachers during the open house program. Participants’ approach to pressing ecological challenges and their knowledge about the impact North Carolinians have on water quality can help fuel their interest in pursuing science-related education and career paths.