North Carolina Pre-College Program

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A Center of the NC Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN)
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LEADERSHIP RETREAT

High School students enrolled in the UNC Chapel Hill NC MSEN Pre-College Program participate in Saturday workshop hosted by the NC - Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC- MSEN) State Office. The retreat workshops and activites are led by Pre-College coordinators, parents, and workshop leaders. At the leadership retreat, the students discover their personal leadership style. They also discuss pertinent issues facing leaders today, as well as the responsibilities they face. The leadership retreat features a keynote speaker, interactive group sessions, and workshops that allow the students to uncover and develop their leadership skills.

SATURDAY ACADEMY

During the academic year, the students enrolled in the UNC Chapel Hill MSEN Pre-College Program attend 7 to 15 Saturdays of enrichment instruction between October and April. The Saturday Academy enrichment classes are taught by certified teachers in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Orange County area and UNC Chapel Hill professors and graduate students who have been specially selected to serve our students' needs. Students attending the Saturday Academy enrichment program arrive on campus at 8:00 am and attend class until 1:00 pm. The purpose of the classes is to cover topics that enrich and support the classes that the students are taking in school. In addition, the classes expose the students to ideas and concepts that may be missing from their regular curriculm or that may stimulate their career interest.

SCIENCE DECATHLON

Science Decathlon is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science education by organizing competitive, hands-on science based tournaments throughout the United States. Each Science Decathlon tournament is made up of ten Team Events and up to four Pilot Events which sports names like Bridge/Tower Breaking, Mousetrap Cars, Robotics, Water Rocketry and Ick!Thyology.

FOR INSPIRATION and RECOGNITION of SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY (FIRST)

The FIRST Robotics mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The UNC Chapel Hill NC MSEN TARHEEL ROBOTS TEAM #3331 participated in the first North Carolina FIRST Robotics
competition in 2010. Click here for our FIRST Interest Sheet.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION

Each year, to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., the UNC Chapel Hill MSEN Pre-College Program hosts a Martin Luther Kirg, Jr. program. Participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. program gives the UNC Chapel Hill MSEN Pre-College students an opportunity to develop and exhibit their public speaking and creative skills. The speeches and creative pieces must follow and meet certain guidelines, as well as be related to the program's theme.

NORTH CAROLINA ALLIANCE to CREATE OPPORTUNITY thorugh EDUCATION (OPT-ED) DAY

OPT-ED (North Carolina Alliance to Create Opportunity through Education) Alliance Day is designed to serve as a forum to encourage undergraduate and greaduate students from underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), and to emphasize to middle & high school students, and their parents and teachers, the importance of pursuing the baccalaureate degree and then going on to pursue the doctorate. The event includes a poster session, research presentations, and special-topic breakout workshops. Click here for this year's OPT-ED flyer.

SOUTHEASTERN CONSORTIUM FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING, INC (SECME)

SECME is a strategic alliance to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators, motivate and mentor students through competitions such as: Engineering Design (Mousetrap Car Construction), Water Bottle Rocketry, Internet Science and Technology Fair, Web Quest Essay, and Banner Design and strives to empower parents so that all students can learn and achieve at higher levels.

NORTH CAROLINA MATHEMATICS SCIENCE EDUCATION NETWORK (NC-MSEN) DAY

Each spring, students from all the NC MSEN Pre-College Programs gather for a day of activities and competition. The students compete in mathematics and science test intended to strengthen test-taking abilities and to increase their problem-solving skills. The students also participate in oratorical and written competitons designed to enhance their oral and written expression by combining math, science, and communication skills learned throughout the year. The most popular events of NC-MSEN DAY are the hands-on engineering and design competitions, these competitions involve planning, building and testing bridges, towers, bottle rockets, and egg drop devices. Students are recognized at the end of the day with first, second, and third place medals at an Awards Ceremony.

UNC CHAPEL HILL NC MSEN PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM
AWARDS DAY

The Awards Program is held at the end of the school year on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The purpose of the program is to recognize the talents and accomplishments of the students, teachers, and parents from each participating UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Pre-College Program school. Awards are given for academic excellence and for outstanding students at each school.

 

UNC CHAPEL HILL PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM

The UNC Chapel Hill NC-MSEN Summer Program targets both middle and high school students. In the middle school classes students explore their interests in the fields of science and math in challenging interactive explorations during the hands-on activity-driven science and math classes and special events. In the high school classes students strengthen their SAT math and verbal skills as well as their science research techniques.