K-12 education

May 3, 2018

Program Plants Leaders in Agriculture and Science

Rising 7th and 8th graders can dig into science through Project PLANTS' exploratory field trips and hands-on projects in horticulture and agriculture. Students examine the scientific world and have the chance to develop positive social connections.

Aug 17, 2016  |  Extension

From Pest to Love Bug: NC State Helps Kids Learn More About Insects

As a young girl turns a glass vial over in her hand, the caterpillar inside wriggles. The girl squeals. And with just three words – “I love caterpillars!” – it’s clear that the day’s lesson hasn’t been lost on her.

Feb 12, 2014

Inspired by A.S.P.I.R.E.

The pilot year is successful for a program developed to help improve rural students’ college entrance exam scores – and encourage their pursuit of majors in agriculture and life sciences.

Feb 12, 2014

Brevard high school students’ research wins accolades

Through a 4-H-public schools partnership in Transylvania County, Brevard High School sophomores Abby Williams and Carly Onnink conducted the type of research that professors says they expect to find in a university laboratory. Their topic: kudzu bug pheromones.

Feb 12, 2014

North Carolina 4-H gets students charged up about bioenergy

Interest in bioenergy has soared as concerns about petroleum’s limited resources and its environmental impact have risen. But what exactly is bioenergy, and what does it mean for America today and in the future? With its latest science-based curriculum, North Carolina 4-H is helping middle-school students answer these and other timely questions.

Aug 6, 2012

FoodCorps marks first year

At Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, third graders have spent time this year learning how to plant a garden, harvest the plants and eat what they grow. The school is one of five FoodCorps sites in Guilford County where FoodCorps service member Leah Klaproth has worked with students and teachers since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

Aug 12, 2010

Teachers work to make research real for students

Two Kannapolis teachers hoping to connect their students with real-world science at its best are spending their summer break at the N.C. Research Campus. Since the spring, they've been picking blackberries and raspberries at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, assisting with a national study on watermelon health benefits, and learning in state-of-the-art labs with a horticultural science researcher.