PIRATES, an acronym for Partnering with Industrial and Regional Assets for Teaching and Enrichment in Science, gives rising junior and senior high school students from Beaufort, Greene and Martin counties the opportunity to immerse themselves in science. This summer, 36 high school students interested in exploring science majors and science careers attended one of two sessions of the two-week camp, which is being held Jun 20-July 2 and July 4-16.
"The program is designed to broaden the students' horizons by exposing them to different science disciplines and careers and get a taste of collge campus."says Anne Bunnell, PIRATES camp director and biology teaching instructor.
Students participating in the camp worked with ECU faculty in the laboratory and traveled to sites in eastern North Carolina to see how science is applied in real world settings.
After attending the camp, students participated in a survey in which they were able to describe their experiences and what they learned about science and being a scientist.
As director of the camp, Bunnell related her experience with this year's students as a positive one.
PIRATES Summer Science Camp is supported by a Student Science Enrichment Program grant awarded from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to Bunnell and Dr. Mary Farwell, who administers the camp and teaches one module. For additional information about the PIRATES Summer Science Camp, please contact Bunnell at 252.328.9840 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Farwell in the Department of Biology at 252.328.6313 or email@example.com.