The UNC Splash Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students with high school students across the state. The program attracts approximately a thousand high school students every season. (Photo used by permission of Splash UNC)

Splash UNC is an educational enrichment program which gives high school students the opportunity to explore the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and take classes taught by Carolina students. This year, the program will be held on Saturday, November 10.

The Splash program initially began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957, with the purpose of sharing knowledge and creativity with local high school students. Since then, the program has grown to over 30 universities in the United States and United Kingdom.  Splash UNC welcomed 80 high school students when the program first started in 2015. At the most recent program, 850 high school students, as well as parent volunteers, were in attendance.

To sign up for the program, students are prompted to create an account and choose their classes for a day. Subjects can vary from “Meme Culture” and “Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream” to “Current Topics in Neurohabilitation” and “Beyond Europe: The Global War of 1914-1918”. The program costs $20 and covers the needed class materials as well as lunch for the day.

According to the Splash UNC website, “The program aims to expand the academic horizons of high school students through fun classes that emphasize the passion and enthusiasm of our student teachers.” The program can also allow students to learn what they can study at college and provide an insight into possible career paths and college life.

Classes have a limit of how many students can be admitted, and the spots fill up rather quickly for this opportunity so make sure to sign up by the November 3 deadline.

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