FIRST NORTH CAROLINA STEM-BASED LEARNING BUS READY FOR ROLLOUT

Mobile Laboratory for Students Set to Launch Next Week

Greensboro, N.C., July 15, 2015 — North Carolina’s first STEM-focused afterschool learning bus for inner city and rural students will launch on July 21 from The Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro.

The “NanoBus,” which will be staffed by JSNN students majoring in the sciences, will travel to locations in the surrounding communities to

encourage middle school students to learn more about science and technology through interactive and engaging demonstrations and experiments.

A collaborative project between the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN), the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) and JSNN, the STEM Bus Program is designed to teach children about scientific principles and related technologies in a safe and supervised setting while also providing college students with the opportunity to mentor and serve as positive role models for the youth. Funding for the program was provided by generous donations from the Duke Energy Foundation and Thomas Built Buses, along with significant efforts of the JSNN students and faculty.

“The STEM Bus Program provides students with hands-on learning experiences designed to spark their interest in the sciences and boost engagement in the classroom, with the hope that some may eventually pursue a career in a STEM-based field,” said Joe Magno, executive director of COIN. “The NanoBus is just the first of many STEM Buses that we anticipate will launch as part of this initiative and we are excited that it will be hitting the road in the weeks to come.”

The NanoBus launch is expected to draw educators, state and local government officials and business executives interested in supporting STEM education in North Carolina.

About COIN

COIN is a member supported, registered not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to growing North Carolina’s economy by connecting innovative companies, researchers, and other organizations involved in activities

related to all things involving nano and biotechnology. COIN’s educational, informational, and networking programs create a more innovative and productive environment for those looking to improve the human condition. We believe that fostering these “uncommon connections” is critical in developing a robust, vibrant and innovative economic ecosystem.

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