Grants Fund Learning Academies

GWU Hosts Science, Math, and Computer Science Academies This Summer

For dozens of local high school students, summer break offers unique opportunities for developing new insight into the practical application of principles they have learned throughout the school year. Through grants from the Stonecutter Foundation (Spindale, N.C.), Gardner-Webb University has developed three weeklong academies, which offer local students enrichment in the subjects of math, science, and computer science.

The Stonecutter Foundation sponsors the academies to benefit Rutherford County high school students. The Stonecutter Science Academy was held June 26-29, while the Stonecutter Math Academy is set for July 24-28 and the Stonecutter Computer Science Academy is lined up for July 31 - Aug. 4.

Biology teacher Nick Longerbeam of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Mooresboro, N.C.) said students who participated in the science academy at GWU last year received a range of benefits. “I think this academy caused the students to think about science beyond the classroom and opened their eyes to the many different careers in the science field,” Longerbeam reported. "We wanted to spark the students’ interest in science and really get them to see what it can offer as a potential career instead of just a required course in school.”

The Monday through Friday camps are designed with instructional time in the morning and field trips to local organizations in the afternoon. The students spend time in classroom sessions such as lab safety, physiology lab, forensics lab, and more. During the afternoon, attendees participate in simulations on campus and travel to a variety of locations in Cleveland and Rutherford counties.

Learn more about Gardner-Webb's Department of Mathematical Sciences and Department of Natural Sciences.