Carolina's Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted third and fourth graders from three local elementary schools for a "Science is Awesome" outreach event on May 15.

"It's not magic, it's physics": Science is Awesome Outreach Day exposes kids to STEM

Everything that combines fun and science, from liquid nitrogen ice cream to lessons on aliens and snot, could be found in Phillips Hall on Tuesday during the first-ever Science is Awesome Outreach Day. 

Over 300 fourth-grade students from Carrboro Elementary School, Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe School and Northside Elementary School came to campus to participate in the event that was hosted by the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

The event was geared toward encouraging students at these three Title I schools to consider careers in STEM fields and to get them excited about science.


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of two public schools systems in Orange County. The system is run by the CHCCS Board of Education, which is comprised of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. Under the board is the superintendent. The current superintendent is Tom Forcella.

The district includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, a middle college with Durham Technical Community College and a school for children at UNC Hospitals. These schools serve more than 12,000 students across Orange County.

Learn more about the district's Board of Education here

Browse board meeting agendas and videos here

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CHCCS students, parents and teachers meet at YouthWorx on Main office in Carrboro.

Students in Chapel Hill plan walkout to stand against gun violence

Members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools community met Sunday to organize a walkout protesting gun violence on March 14 at 9:55 a.m. The walkout will last 17 minutes, with each minute representing one of the 17 students killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. earlier this month. 


Students at East Chapel Hill High School spend time outside after school is let out. 

Orange County Schools struggle to cap class size for NC legislation

North Carolina school districts are facing a funding crisis. In Orange County, voters approved a $120 million-dollar bond in November 2016 to renovate several school buildings, but additional funding for teachers and new classrooms will be needed to comply with a proposed reduction in class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.