Project Updates

  • East Carolina University will lead a new five-year, $1.3 million grant that will give thousands of North Carolina children an early start on learning about science and nutrition. Preschool Education in Applied Sciences (PEAS) is a project made possible by… [More]

  • More PEAS, Please!
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    Parents know, and research has proven, that preschoolers have hungry minds. They ask hundreds of questions every day as they observe and shape the world around them. Could early food and nutrition education, delivered by trained pre-K teachers, feed their… [More]

  • Starting STEM Early
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    If you happened to see Dr. Virginia C. Stage on the ground, digging through the dirt to find roly-polies outside ECU’s Health Sciences Building this past summer, you might not immediately guess that would somehow propel some of the state’s… [More]

  • Healthy Start: Alumna Virginia Stage Adds Science, Nutrition in Preschool
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    Signs of Virginia Stage’s professional calling—helping young children discover science and enjoy nutritious foods—showed up on her plate long before she became a nutrition professor and researcher. As a child, Stage filled her plate with vegetables at restaurant buffets, to… [More]

  • Latest event adds to science education success
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    The continuation of funding and programs to emphasize science exploration in preschool education has stretched beyond eastern North Carolina and into other parts of the state as planned, including a recent professional development session in Raleigh prominently featuring East Carolina… [More]

  • The University of Kentucky STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program recently closed out its summer session, with START Apprentices gaining tremendous insight into research careers and higher education. The program began with a week of apprentices developing a… [More]

  • UK START program receives Golden Apple Award
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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2022) — In recognition of its strong commitment to student achievement, the University of Kentucky STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program was honored with the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Golden Apple Award. The… [More]

  • UK freshman awarded prestigious national aerospace fellowship
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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2023) — University of Kentucky freshman Lordina Mensah recently became the university’s first student to be accepted into the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, a nationally competitive aerospace fellowship program. Mensah is a dual major in the… [More]

  • LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2022) — The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at the University of Kentucky is creating a unique pipeline to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations — people… [More]

  • Kids Power Up! Get Vaccinated for COVID-19!
    | News, Project Update

    Kids getting their COVID-19 vaccine or booster at the Tippecanoe County Health Department vaccination site and at Riggs Community Health Center in Lafayette, Ind., will get a special Vaccine SuperPower Pack while supplies last thanks to a partnership between the… [More]