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STUDENTS RECEIVE HANDS-ON LEARNING DURING CAREER DAY

Fifth-grader Shaolin Russell didn’t immediately understand the connection between science, math and a king snake.

“I was nervous,” she said. “I don’t know. It was just kind of ewww.”

But in the end, given the opportunity to touch the snake as workers with the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores held it, she closed her eyes, scrunched up her face and tentatively reached out with her two fingers for a gentle rub.

“It felt OK,” she said.

Russell was among the fourth- and fifth-graders from Roger Bell and Graham A. Barden elementary schools who participated in a career day at Havelock Middle School and Early College EAST. The focus was on science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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