Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, the grants have touched the lives of more than 2.3 million students who have participated in 11,700 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $12.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives.
The EMC Prize Patrol, consisting of members of the Edgecombe-Martin EMC Volunteer Action Committee, visited classrooms in Edgecombe County where they made presentations to the following teachers:
- Coker-Wimberly Elementary School - Sheronica Sharp - "Dolphins Love to Code!"
- Edgecombe Early College High School - James Guy - "Capturing Voices for History"
- Edgecombe Early College High School - Brittany White - " A Digital View of the Microscopic World"
- Martin Millennium Academy - Joseph Hayes - "Empowering Girls with STEM"
- South Edgecombe Middle School - Robin Anderson - " Exploring our Roots"
- South Edgecombe Middle School - Lisa McElwee - "Snap it together: Learning about Electricity with Snap Circuits"
- Central Services - Cindy Berry - " Full STEAM ahead with Literacy"
“Edgecombe-Martin County EMC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” said Monica Speight, Communication Specialist form Edgecombe-Martin EMC. “We’re pleased to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants. Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”