NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $9,740 grant from Duke Energy. Funds will be used to fund Electricity and Magnetism field trips for fourth graders in New Hanover County and Pender County schools.
In the 90-minute field trip, students conduct experiments and work in groups to explore the science of electricity and magnetism. Hands-on activities include discovering what is magnetic and non-magnetic, finding out how different materials respond to static electrical charges and creating a circuit to power a light bulb.
“We are grateful for Duke Energy’s generous investment as well as their support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming for students. Electricity and Magnetism is a great way to reinforce what students learn in the classroom,” says Sheryl Kingery Mays, Cape Fear Museum’s director.
“Duke Energy is excited to support of the Cape Fear Museum to make these field trips available to local students,” said John Elliott, director of government and community relations for Duke Energy. “Smart investments in students and STEM initiatives strengthen the pipeline of highly-skilled workers who will lead us to a smarter energy future in the Cape Fear region.”
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.
Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.