Carolina Swim Clinic offers a safe, comfortable environment where children from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community can learn how to swim. Specifically, Carolina Swim Clinic provides free swim lessons to children from Spanish-speaking families who would not otherwise be able to afford swim lessons. Additionally, Carolina Swim Clinic offers free English tutoring to Spanish-speaking parents during lessons. Tutoring is provided through collaboration with the Carolina Language Partnership. Carolina Swim Clinic will teach basic life-long and life-saving swimming skills to the children it serves, empower their families and foster a sense of community.
Feelin’ DNA makes science curriculums more accessible to visually impaired student by designing appropriate learning materials for their needs. The tool being developed is a DNA model that will feature six interlocking structural DNA components, each labeled with Braille identifiers and vibrant colors. This model will teach students the shape and structure of DNA, and provide a basis for understanding the DNA replication process, which is essential to in-depth biological studies. Through collaboration with UNC Biomedical Engineering Department, Durham Public Schools and the Governor Morehead School, Feelin’ DNA will reach as many visually impaired students as possible and share with their teachers new ways to engage them in science curriculum. Learn more about Feelin DNA’s work reimagining science education for visually impaired students in the University Gazette.
Growing Gardeners provides opportunities for residents of Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods to garden for low start-up costs. The student-run group builds ready-to-grow container gardens at Northside Elementary School for nearby households and organizations. Growing Gardeners supports community members for a variety of gardening benefits, including self-efficacy, food security and horticulture knowledge preservation. Growing Gardeners encourages new and existing gardeners and strengthens community around food cultivation.
The HARC Collective increases community accessibility to art while providing student and local artists an avenue to display their works. HARC focuses on the fine arts providing students a place to submit and showcase their pieces. HARC will host pop-up galleries and similar events that touch on the ephemeral natural of art experiences while allowing artists to reap the fruit of their labor. Ultimately, this project can provide student-artists valuable business experience, the tools for further expression and the ability to engage the broader Chapel Hill community with the work of artists at UNC.
JamRides is an application-based platform that connects tourists to certified, independent taxi drivers in Jamaica. JamRides seeks to provide a platform in which certified drivers have fair access to tourists, removing the middle man and enhancing local economies. The platform will allow tourists to book independent drivers without the inflated costs of established resorts or foreign companies, resulting in tourist income channeled directly to the people of Jamaica and their social entrepreneurial endeavors. In addition, by reducing high-cost middle men, tourist transportation costs can become more affordable.
The Superhero Project teaches children to see creativity as a force to change the world. Through the project, children work one-on-one with professional comic book artists and art students to create their own superheroes, villains and comic book stories. Artists then transform these creations into inspired comic book wonders. The Superhero Project teaches children that creativity, courage and kindness will change the world.