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Learning Lab I: Energy Innovation in North Carolina

posted 2013.04.10 The Class of 2016 met with individuals in Boone, Pittsboro, and Raleigh to gain a deeper understanding of leadership through exploring the theme of energy innovation in North Carolina. Students interacted with leaders across the state currently involved with developing conventional and alternative energy solutions.   The Class of 2016 at a wind power research site on Beech Mountain. Prior to departing on their trip, Park Scholars learned about fracking and grid modernization from leaders representing Duke Energy,
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Learning Lab II: Putting People at the Center of Politics

posted 2012.11.06 The Class of 2015 visited Washington, D.C. to explore the impact that an average citizen can have on policy-making decisions at the federal level. Through focusing on areas including the media, advocacy, and the legislative process, students gained a deeper understanding of how citizens can influence their government.   Margaret Leak ‘15 with Betsy Bossart, District Director, Office of U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the Cannon House Office Building. Park Scholars participated in conversations with individuals representing
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Park Scholars Investigate Economic and Environmental Sustainability with North Carolina Leaders

posted 2012.04.09 Learning Laboratory I is an experience that allows Park Scholars to study leadership through the exploration of an issue facing the state of North Carolina. The Class of 2015 traveled to sites in Chatham, Surry, and Wake Counties to learn about the impact community colleges and small businesses have on North Carolina in the areas of economic and environmental sustainability, along with the challenges that leaders in these areas are facing.   Piedmont Biofuels President Lyle Estill describes
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Learning Lab II: The Media’s Effect on the Dissemination of Information

posted 2011.10.18 The Class of 2014 spent their fall break in Washington, D.C. analyzing the media’s impact on the dissemination of information in the United States. In light of events such as the WikiLeaks scandal and the national healthcare debate, the class was interested in exploring the responsibility assumed by the media in providing news to the American public.   The Class of 2014 on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. During conversations with individuals representing organizations and government branches
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Park Scholars Design Service-Learning Experience in Belize

posted 2011.10.14 This past summer, William Coe ‘14, Tyler Confrey-Maloney ‘13, Vincent Feucht ‘11, Jeb Fox ‘14, Luke Perkins ‘14, and Garik Sadovy ‘12 traveled to Belize for a two week experiential learning trip focusing on education, the economy, and the environment. The team consisted of an eclectic group of individuals, among them a pre-med philosopher, an English major, and future engineers representing areas including biological and agricultural, chemical, civil, and materials science engineering. The students developed the Central American
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Learning Lab I Focuses on Literacy and the Achievement Gap

posted 2011.04.05 Learning Laboratory I is an experience designed and implemented by first-year Park Scholars that allows students to better understand the people, history, strengths, and challenges of North Carolina.   Governor Jim Hunt discusses the launching of Smart Start in North Carolina. This spring, the Class of 2014 explored the topic of education, literacy, and the achievement gap. The group traveled to Winston-Salem to learn first-hand about what leaders are doing to narrow the gap in education and literacy
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Learning Lab II: The Effect of Federal Funding on the Quality of K-12 Education

Each fall, the sophomore class of Park Scholars travels to Washington, D.C. to study a leadership challenge facing our country. This year, the Class of 2013 focused on national education reform in the wake of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act. “Learning Lab II, in both its planning and execution, was a phenomenal and inspiring educational experience. It deeply widened my understanding of the education system in our country, and
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Class of 2012 Travels to Washington, D.C. to Explore Impact of Foreign Policy on the Overseas Image of the United States

Each year, second-year Park Scholars spend their fall break in Washington, D.C. analyzing a national issue as part of a unique learning experience which extends well beyond the classroom. This October, the Class of 2012 focused on exploring answers to the following question: “How is the image of the United States overseas affected by our foreign policy?” Preparation for the experience began in the spring, when Learning Lab II committee chairs Will Cauley and Tim Dannenhoffer began working with Park
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