Middle school students get a glimpse of college life at UNCA


    About 2,000 middle school students tour the UNC Asheville campus each year through the Junior Bulldog Program. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    A field trip to a mountain university was an eye-opener for middle schoolers who are thinking about their higher education.

    About 2,000 middle school students tour the UNC Asheville campus each year through the Junior Bulldog Program.

    "Do you guys think food dye is hydrofillic or hydrophobic?" a UNCA student asked the middle school students.

    The food dye is hydrofillic because it loves water, and the shaving cream they used is hydrophobic because it doesn't like water.

    Chemistry majors helped students from Valley Springs Middle School with some science experiments during their day at the university.

    The students were visiting to see what a college campus is like and to jump start their plans to attend college.

    "Like all of the stuff they're teaching us about the different types of colleges and what's important like location, cost and culture," eighth-grader Hannah said.

    "It helps a lot because I won't have to do the research on what factors to take into account when I am selecting colleges later," eighth-grader Jack said.

    The Junior Bulldog Program has been around since 2013.

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