The Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) Board awarded a High School Science Grant to E.A. Laney High School for the project “SeaPerch Growth Request: Providing Students with Hands-on Robotics Activities to Fuel and Sustain Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”
The grant request, in the amount of $972, was sponsored by Science Academic and Instructional Coach Jeanna Boyd, for the school year 2016-17. Grant funds will be used to cover the cost of equipping three new SeaPerch Teams at Laney H.S., through the purchase of three SeaPerch kits, one SeaPerch Toolbag and 5 replacement circuit boards.
The HFCF grant funds will make it possible for Laney High School to expand their successful and competition-driven SeaPerch program with the objective of meeting national learning outcomes for science. The program will focus on presenting the possibilities of technical careers to all students, with a concerted effort to involve minorities, girls and under-represented populations. End-of-year objectives for the program include students developing skills in STEM areas through the building of an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and improving self-confidence by engaging the ROV in competition against groups from the Cape Fear region and around the nation.
The HFCF High School Science Grant review committee includes Jay Greenblatt, Monica Demecs, Jane Nelson, and Anne Rose. The grant opportunity is funded by sales of Attraction coupon books and through designated donations to the HFCF High School Grant Fund.