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.
Carolina WISE (Wildlife Information and Science Education) is a student organization at UNC-CH that maintains a small animal collection on campus and takes them to local schools and community organizations to provide educational, interactive presentations about animals, biology and the natural environment. Student volunteers care for the animal collection and assist in educational programs, and all volunteers are trained in animal husbandry and presentation techniques. These programs increase the public’s knowledge of basic biological and zoological concepts and teach how to safely and responsibly interact with North Carolina’s native wildlife. This is an effort to reduce the fear and injuries for both humans and animals in the area.
FlipCup offers a solution for giving a second life to the tons of plastic thrown away each year at Greek parties. FlipCup provides weekly cup collection at each fraternity house. Cups are then washed, shred and plastic is extruded into 3D printing filament, This filament is donated to 3D printing nonprofits and educational initiatives. FlipCup aims to make it easier to innovate and create with 3D printing without worrying about filament cost.
Girls Engineering Change
Alexandra Nelson ’19
Kristin Reed ’19
Erin Rogers ’19
Kat Tan ’19
Girls Engineering Change hosts a workshop for Triangle area young girls to expose them to the engineering field and teach them how, through engineering, they can make a positive impact on the world around them. Girls are paired with college students majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University. These college students serve as mentors and inspire participants to pursue higher education and a career in engineering. Participants learn basic circuitry and soldering skills, and apply this knowledge to create calculators. The calculators made (with the help of their collegiate mentors) are donated to a school for girls in Kenya sponsored by Duke University or comparable organizations affiliated with UNC and NCSU.
The Herban Garden is Hope Gardens’ newest initiative to provide holistic education and skill-building opportunities in agriculture for youth in communities of color. By fostering a supportive and inclusive space for community building and mentorship, the Herban Garden guides youth in exploring food cultivation, wellness and sustainability. Garden workdays are in a production garden on UNC’s campus near Davis Library, and a variety of workshops, field trips, mentorship opportunities and culinary skills activities will be offered in conjunction with the Street Scene Teen Center on Franklin Street. Garden construction is made possible by The Edible Campus Initiative and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
MindFull is an organization that hopes to better the health habits of students on campus through facilitating the collaboration of health-related organizations on campus. In addition to creating an all-inclusive, one-stop resource for students regarding all pertinent health information and sites that can be found on campus, MindFull hopes to draw attention to the brain-body connection. While students come to this campus to learn and increase knowledge, many of the health habits developed while in college (sleeping less, eating unhealthy, etc.) directly impact brain performance and one’s ability to fulfill their role as a student. We are looking to draw attention to this paradox and provide a stronger support system in the university for students as it pertains to their health.
SOAR is an organization dedicated to helping minority youth gain exposure to STEAM related areas and developing life skills and mindsets that lead to a healthy and balanced lifestyle through mentorship and numerous activities such as science experiments, artistic projects and recreation. Our goal is to increase minority representation in collegiate and professional areas having to do with STEAM related fields