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The High School Science Grant is awarded on when funds allow, and is intended to facilitate, in whole or in part, programs, activities, supplies, equipment, books and other essentials that enhance science-related education at high schools in the New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick County School systems of North Carolina. This grant is funded with proceeds from fundraising efforts HFCF.


Grants are awarded to persons currently teaching science, or a science-related curriculum, at the high school level. This award is for individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the impact of the funds on a science-related educational effort, how this effort supports the mission of the applicant’s home school, and how this proposal aligns with the mission of Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear.

Interested teachers are invited to submit a proposal and should watch for an announcement on this page, and on HFCF social media.

PAST GRANTS: 2016 High School Science Grant

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 were 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.

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The HFCF grant funds made 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 focused 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 included 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.

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