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An innovative program in northeastern North Carolina is hoping to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM related fields. The partnership between NASA and Elizabeth City State University is creating a mobile classroom that will travel and teach across numerous school districts. Sarah Finch has more on this unique project and how it will influence today’s youth.

A local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need

Back to school shopping has long been a tradition for Americans. Students are given a list of necessary materials to complete the school year. While this preparation for the first day of school can be a source of excitement for some, how do the students whose families can’t provide these items manage? Darlene Brown, the executive director of Craven County Partners in Education, has organized a fundraising event aimed at helping students in need.

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. And, a local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need.  We’ll catch you up on “Stuff the Bus,” Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. 

This week, we talk about a new partnership between the Institute of Marine Sciences and local schools where coastal scientists become teachers for a day.

Last week, a group of third grade students in Beaufort were learning about coastal habitats, food web dynamics and the different kinds of marine life found along the North Carolina coast.  But the lesson wasn’t being taught by teachers. Instead, graduate students from the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City offered a unique, hands-on lesson about our coastal ecology.  Tiller School third grader Jack McMann.

We explore House Bill 146, known as the “Back to Basics” bill, which would make learning cursive writing and the memorization of multiplication tables a requirement in North Carolina public schools.

A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt.  Find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.

A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt.  This week on the Down East Journal, find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.  And, we talk to a Goldsboro High School biology teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.

At some point before Friday at midnight, the President is expected to order across-the-board budget cuts to save $1.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Congressman G.K. Butterfield about how sequestration could impact eastern North Carolina.

“It appears it’s too late, that it’s definitely going to happen.”

If the sequestration goes forward, most of the effects could be felt in our area immediately.  Butterfield says military readiness and middle class families would be hit the hardest.

Homeschooling

Feb 5, 2013

A number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.

This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for public comment on ways to facilitate ferry service to Shackleford Banks and the lighthouse.  We explore how the project could impact the Down East economy.  And, a growing number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.