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NCRC Scientist Helps Cabarrus High School Students Visit STEM Program

October 20, 2014

For Immediate Release 

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(Kannapolis, NC- Monday, October 20)- Tuesday, October 21, students from Northwest Cabarrus High School’s biotechnology academy will travel to the main campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC to take part in BRITE Futures, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program that gives students hands-on laboratory experiences.

TinChung Leung, PHD, with the NCCU Nutrition Research Program at the NC Research Campus, coordinated the trip. Leung researches cardiovascular disease and cancer using a zebrafish model.

“The students will load gels, use pipettes and try out other scientific equipment,” he explained “These are all very important parts of working in a lab and doing research.”

Last year, Leung took students from Kannapolis City Schools to take part in BRITE Futures, which is a program of NCCU’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE). Over 5,000 students from throughout North Carolina have participated in BRITE Futures since it launched in 2008.

The Cabarrus High School students will also visit the NCCU biology department.

“We hope this visit motivates these students who are already interested in biotechnology to continue their studies,” Leung said. “Experiences like this can be very powerful for children and inspire them to pursue a career in science.”

“Providing students with the experience to shadow NCCU scientists will give our students at Northwest the opportunity to learn from professionals in their career of interest,” said Delan Broadway, assistant principal of instruction at Northwest Cabarrus High School. “Students are able to gain more knowledge and additional perspectives when exposed to hands-on learning experiences such as this. These experiences are especially essential to the students in our Biotechnology Academy because they will ultimately help to prepare them for internships and future careers.”

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Contact:

Delan Broadway

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Northwest Cabarrus High School

704-788-4111 (office)

or

TinChung Leung, PhD

NC Central University Nutrition Research Program

NC Research Campus

704-250-5728

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