School Programs, Contests, and Clubs A+ Schools A+ Schools of North Carolina is a whole-school transformation model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning. Aquarium Teen Ambassadors The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores leads this program for 7th-10th graders to foster community service, leadership, and presentation skills. Cretaceous Creatures This public science project offers 8th grade science teachers and students across North Carolina the opportunity to make their own microfossil discoveries. Junior Rangers Junior Rangers participate in community service projects with their school, family, or scout groups to help protect our state parks. N.C. History Day N.C. History Day encourages historical inquiry in 6th -12th grade students through research and exciting competitions through the National History Day® program. Shad in the Classroom Through the Shad in the Classroom Project, teachers and students embark on an adventure in conservation science! Tar Heel Junior Historian Association A statewide network of clubs that inspire youth in grades 4th-12th to discover their local history and serve their community.