The Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) program held its First Annual Science Fair on January 21st, 2016 on the campus of East Carolina University. The goals of the NIH/NIDA grant-funded project are to increase student knowledge about drug addiction and to increase student interest in biomedical research and careers.
Pitt County high school students Shinjini Misra and Kyra Miles receive feedback on their project from ECU student judges.
SEADAP students began conducting scientific research under the direction of Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls in August 2015, and have designed their own science projects to examine the effects of addictive substances, alcohol, nicotine, sucrose, or caffeine on planarians. Presenting students from Pitt and Greene counties were able to receive feedback and suggestions on how to improve their science projects from Dr. Rawls and Dr. Miles. The High school students participating in the SEADAP program are Nate Davis, Lucas Mebane, Shinjini Misra, Kyra Miles, and Justin Woolard.
Science educators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are also successfully incorporating SEADAP related lessons into their science curricula.
ECU College of Education secondary science majors served as student judges for the SEADAP Science Fair. These students included: Cody Allen; Hazelle Sandoval; Amanda Lewis; and Kayla Watterson. Tonya Little, a Martin County Schools administrator, also served as a judge.
Applications are currently being accepted for teacher participation in the professional development sessions for teachers on June 28, 29 and June 30, 2016 at East Carolina University.
For more information about SEADAP, contact Dr. Rhea Miles by phone at 252-328-9366 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ECU student judges Cody Allen and Amanda Lewis evaluate a student’s science project during the First Annual SEADAP Science Fair.