Cape Fear Community College received a $402,048 ATE grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Chemical Technology Program project entitled CT-EnTICE.
The ATE grant will fund $100,000 worth of hand-held instrumentation, including portable pH meters, conductivity meters, dissolved oxygen probes, mini gas chromatographs, portable polarimeters, small ultra-violet/visible spectrometers, and melting point apparatuses. The grant will enable students to gain experience using industry-grade analytical equipment and will enable them to collect field samples. “Due to the portability of the instrumentation, we will also take learning outside of the classroom and into the field. We now have the technology to visit a site, such as Greenfield Lake, and perform a complete environmental analysis at that location. No longer will lab work be strictly in the lab,” said Tracy Holbrook, CFCC’s Chemical Technology Program Lead Instructor.
CFCC will share the equipment with high school laboratories in New Hanover and Pender Counties by making it available for checkout. “This equipment will allow teachers to implement new learning techniques in their classroom and provide hands-on learning experience to students. The laboratory kits will be prepared in advance which will provide teachers more time to place a stronger focus on the learning objectives of the experiment. The prepared kits will also significantly reduce the prep time for these educators. Teachers will be offered extensive training seminars for the equipment that would normally cost high schools thousands of dollars. With this grant, teachers can be trained and well prepared free of charge,” added Holbrook.
In addition to funding equipment, the ATE grant will also fund a week-long summer camp to engage students in chemical technology, as well as a temporary part-time position in CFCC’s Chemical Technology Department.
This is not the first ATE grant awarded to CFCC by the National Science Foundation. In 2010, CFCC received a $150,000 grant that provided the Chemical Technology Program equipment and funds to study local water systems.
The National Science Foundation is a government institution that awards grants to educational institutions to support research endeavors and education in science and engineering, providing over twenty percent of federal support to education. For more information about the National Science Foundation, visit www.nsf.gov.
For more information on CFCC’s Chemical Technology program, visit cfcc.edu/engineering/chemical-technology/.