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Science centers statewide awarded share of $6.3 million in special grants

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From the Highlands Biological Station to the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Grandfather Mountain to Port Discover, 55 science centers across the state have been awarded $6.3 million in special grants as part of the North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.

From the Highlands Biological Station to the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Grandfather Mountain to Port Discover, 55 science centers across the state have been awarded $6.3 million in special grants as part of the North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.

The federal American Rescue Plan Act funds were set aside in the state budget with a primary goal of enhancing STEM education opportunities for the public, particularly in low-resource communities.

The awards, which ranged from $70,000 to $185,000, will cover expenses from 2022 through 2025 at these science centers.

Here's a list of the ENC museums awarded the grants and the amount they received:

  • Beaufort County Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation, Inc., $173,163.02 North Carolina Estuarium, $129,395.62
  • Bertie County Roanoke/Cashie River Center, $150,636.55
  • Carteret County Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, $133,850.50
  • Duplin County Cowan Museum of History and Science, $123,908.56
  • Onslow County Sturgeon City of Jacksonville, $109,191.73
  • Pitt County River Park North Walter J. Stasavich Science and Nature Center, $116,926.86
Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.