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  1. How to Find STEM Educational Programs- Navigating NC STEM Center
  2. STEM Opportunity Highlights for Hispanics
  3. STEM Program Highlights for Hispanics 
  4. Minority Focused STEM Initiatives
  5. College & University STEM Associations, Organizations & Clubs for Students
  6. College & University STEM Bachelor’s Degree Programs
  7. Professional Organizations

How to Find STEM Educational Programs- Navigating NC STEM Center

NC STEM Center logoAre you looking for a quick way to decide which STEM program to enroll your kids/teens in? STEM opportunities such as fairs, conferences, and/or workshops?

The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHEMATICS (STEM) education in North Carolina. It’s a tool you and your family can use to find useful information about the importance of STEM education, resources and knowledge that organizations throughout the state have shared, and individuals who have similar interests. You can use it’s statewide program database to find high-quality and engaging STEM programs tailored to your interests and other opportunities close to your area.

To find step-by-step instructions on navigating NC STEM Center, click on this link:

STEM Opportunity (summer camps, drop-in events, after school programs, festivals or fairs, workshops, and competitions) Highlights

Here are a variety of  STEM opportunities – including summer camps, drop-in events, after school programs, festivals or fairs, workshops, and competitions – you can go to and/or participate in. Use STEM opportunities to explore  North Carolina.

To see opportunities outside of NC, go to The Connectory.

*Note: Highlighted Programs and Opportunities were found using the database on to filter through programs and specifically look for programs that mention their diversity focus and cost efficiency.

Piedmont Region The Piedmont is the middle region of the state, located between the Coastal Plain and the Mountain regions.


Marbles Family Science Club
August 2019 – July 2020 // 201 E. Hargett St., Downtown Raleigh, NC  // 919.834.4040 // Rising Third Graders & their families // FREE! // Do you like to experiment? Do you enjoy building, making things and playing around with science? Join the Marbles Family Science Club, a program for third graders and their families. Participants take part in monthly hands-on science learning and special events at Marbles and in the community.


Greensboro Science Center
All summer // 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455 // (336) 288-3769 // All Ages // Cost varies //
The Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, museum and zoo — all in one location, for one price! Located in beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina, it’s the perfect way to spend a day with your family and friends.
The following individuals receive $1 off general admission with a valid ID: Greensboro residents, members of the military, college students, City of Greensboro employees.

Destination Forsyth Tech Summer Enrichment at Forsyth Technical Community College
All summer // Forsyth Technical Community College 2100 Silas Creek Pkwy Winston-Salem, NC 27103 // // Middle school age // $79 – $129 // Scholarships available //
Other camps available such as Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity, App Attack!, App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App!, Code Breakers!, Make Your First 3D Video Game!, Make Your First 3D Creation!

SciWorks SciCamp at Keleidum Downtown and North
June 27- July 1, July 11- August 12 // Kaleideum Downtown 390 S Liberty St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101 // (336) 723-9111 ext 208 // Elementary school age // $45 – $220 //
SciWorks offers hands-on science fun with one-day and week-long summer camps for children in rising K-6th grade. Camps address a variety of themes in physical and natural science and include both indoor and outdoor activities, experiments, crafts, exhibit exploration time, and guest speakers.

(ALAMANCE-BURLINGTON)The Burlington School Summer Camps
All summer // 1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington, NC 27215 // // 336.228.0296 // Ages 3 – 18 // $185 //
TBS Summer Camp provides incredible exploratory sessions filled with rigorous academic, athletic and artistic programs designed to immerse your child in an unforgettable learning experience.


Catawba Science Center – Summer FunJune 11 – August 24 //  243 Third Avenue NE • PO Box 2431 • Hickory, NC 28603 // (828) 322 8169  //Middle school age // $75 – $125 // Scholarships available
Choose from 11 weeks of exciting and fun-filled classes designed for specific age groups. Each week features a different class theme, with all activities centered on that topic. Registration is first come, first-served by prepayment. Cost varies by week and topic. Extended day options are available.

Discovery Place Science Summer Camps
All Summer // 301 N Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202 // 704.972.4934 // Kindergarten – 8th grade // ~$350 //
Discovery Place Science conjures curiosity and activates the imagination through educational experiences that help uncover the wonders of science all around us. We Wonder. Do You?
Summer Camp Examples:

Terrific Scientific Summer Camps
All summer // Antioch Elementary School, 3101 Antioch Church Rd. Matthews, NC 28104 or The British International School of Charlotte, 7000 Endhaven Lane Charlotte, NC 28277// 704-774-3016 // Ages 5 – 14 // ~ $220 -$300 //
Terrific Scientific will ignite your summer with 40 different FUN, hands-on camps, so many options, too few weeks of Summer fun! Youth in our camps carry out experiments, engage in team activities, build and program robots, learn new technologies, and see how science works in the real world. To view all summer camp options visit:

Coastal Region East of North Carolina

Renewable Energy and Green Manufacturing Academy All summer // Eastern Carolina University // // Middle school age // $0 //
Renewable Energy and Green Manufacturing Academy is a East Carolina University partnered program where 75 middle school students will learn about various renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydro-kinetics through experiential hands-on learning modules. The students will also learn about green manufacturing such as waste reduction, recycling, and remanufacturing using intuitive and inquiry-based learning.

Mountain Region Western of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains.

Engineering Time – Catawba Science Center (Hickory, NC) – Held in CSC’s Inventors Workshop, demonstrations and hands-on exploration will include a wide range of technology and engineering topics. Visitors can work with CSC staff and local scientists on fun challenges and projects, spending as much or as little time as they desire during their visit. Engineering Time is free to CSC members, and is included in CSC’s general admission. Participatory activities for all ages will utilize critical thinking skills and a variety of materials to allow visitors to solve real-world challenges. Catawba Science Center staff, along with a local technology and engineering professional, will be on hand during the two hour period to guide visitors as they create, invent and learn. Held from 1:00-3:00 the second Saturday of each month.
Second Saturday of each month | 1:00-3:00
Location: 243 3rd Ave NE. Hickory, North Carolina 28601 | 828-322-8169 x311


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Minority Focused STEM Initiatives

TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas uses the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds, who are in technology fields, and recognize the power of innovation to change the world. These stories allow girls to see and relate to real-life role models.

College & University STEM Associations, Organizations & Clubs for Students

UNC Chapel Hill

  • Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering – WISE meets once a month to have discussions on topics that relate to the problems that women scientists confront throughout their careers.  Our focus is on studying these problems in a scientific manner and to find courses of action that can be taken to address these problems. We also learn about the life and career of an inspirational woman scientist to gain insight about her scientific accomplishments as well as the barriers that she faced.
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity –  UNC’s chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma (AXS) was founded on May 6, 1912 and for 103 years the chapter has been dedicated to giving back to the community while using its vast chemistry knowledge as an advantage.
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society – AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, is UNC’s pre-health honor society, as well as the national pre-health honor society with chapters in universities across the country. UNC-CH’s AED was nationally chartered in 1936 and is the second oldest chapter in North Carolina. Our goal is to provide our members and pledges with valuable resources and experiences that help guide them on their way to professional careers in health care.
  • Association for Students in Information Science and Technology, UNC-CH Chapter ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science & Technology, is dedicated to fostering intellectual discourse and career development for information professionals worldwide. Our student chapter advances those goals at the local level, by sponsoring lectures, panel discussions, field trips, and other activities. We focus on areas such as database administration, information architecture, user-centered design, and web development.
  • Association of Women Surgeons – Connect with women who share your interests, join an association dedicated to serving women aspiring to be surgeons.

For a full list of student organizations at UNC Chapel Hill please visit:

NC State University

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers -The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter at North Carolina State University is one of the most active chapters in the nation. AIChE is a professional student-led organization that focuses on professional development, leadership, networking, continuing educatin, as well as social service and outreach.
  • American Nuclear Society at NC State -The NC State section of ANS supports the academic, professional, and social development of its members. ANS hosts invited speakers from academia, industry, and government, professional development activities and workshops and field trips to industry. It helps build a strong network that will become the foundation of future endeavors for members.
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers – The purpose of this student organization is to provide a sense of community among Biological and Agricultural students.  The club hosts speakers, social events, professional development seminars, tours of local engineering firms, and many other events to help students stay connected and informed in their field of study.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Section at NC State – The NCSU student chapter of ASME was founded in 1920. We hold resume workshops, professional seminars with company representatives, social events, and service events. We also attend several professional development conferences every year.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE is the oldest, most well known organization of professional civil engineers. The group publishes books and journals, establishes codes and standards, and supports the people and institutes of the civil works discipline. Here at NC State, we have a student chapter. Our primary goal is to introduce students of all CCEE concentrations to the professional industry through guest lectures and networking programs. This year, State will be attending the annual Carolinas Conference (a regional competition for students studying civil engineering) at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Our chapter will focus heavily on planning, designing, and competing for the event in the Spring of 2017.
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter at NC State – The BME Society is a great way to get involved in the biomedical field. At our meetings you can learn more about Biomedical Engineering, meet other students and faculty, and network with local professionals. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

For a full list of student organizations at NC State University please visit:

For a list of STEM associations, organizations, and clubs for students at the 17 university campuses of the University of North Carolina System, at the 59 college locations of the North Carolina Community College System, and at all the independent and private colleges and universities in North Carolina please visit:
University of North Carolina System:
North Carolina  Community College System:
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities:

College & University STEM Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This is a sample of the types of STEM degrees you could obtain at top overall colleges and universities as ranked by Forbes List of America’s Best Colleges 2017. This is not a full list of all possible STEM Bachelor’s Degree programs in North Carolina.You can find similar programs at institutions across North Carolina colleges and universities.

Duke University

Biology –

Chemistry –

Evolutionary Anthropology –

Physics –

Psychology and Neuroscience –

Pratt School of Engineering –

Computer Science –


Statistical Science –

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Applied Physical Sciences –

Biology –

Biomedical Engineering

Chemistry –

Computer Science –

Environment and Ecology –

Exercise and Sport Science –

Geological Sciences –

Marine Sciences –

Mathematics –

Physics and Astronomy  –

Psychology and Neuroscience –

Statistics and Operations Research –

Davidson College

Biology –

Chemistry –

Computer Science –

Engineering –

Environmental Studies –

Mathematics & Computer Science –

Physics –

Premedicie and Allied Health Professions

Psychology –

Wake Forest University

Accountancy –

Biology –

Biophysics –

Business –

Chemistry –

Computer Science –

Engineering –

Health & Exercise Science –

Interdisciplinary Mathematics –

Mathematical Business –

Mathematical Economics –

Mathematical Statistics –

Mathematics –

Physics –  

Psychology –

Statistics –

Elon University  

Applied Mathematics –


Biology –

Chemistry –

Computer Science –


Engineering Physics –

Environmental and Ecological Science –

Exercise Science –

Mathematics –


Psychology –

Public Health Studies –

Statistics –

North Carolina State University

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences –

Biological and Agricultural Engineering-

Molecular and Structural Biochemistry-

College of Engineering –

Biological and Agricultural Engineering –

Biomedical Engineering –

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering –

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering –

Computer Science –

Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering –

Electrical and Computer Engineering –

Materials Science and Engineering –

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering –

Nuclear Engineering –

College of Sciences –

Biological Sciences –

Chemistry –

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences –

Mathematics –

Physics –

Statistics –

Source: Forbes List of America’s Best Colleges 2017

To find College and University STEM Degrees (Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral) offered at the 17 university campuses of the University of North Carolina System, at the 59 college locations of the North Carolina Community College System, and at all the independent and private colleges and universities in North Carolina please visit:

University of North Carolina System: 
North Carolina  Community College System:
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities:

Best Colleges for Engineering 

A list of best colleges and universities for engineering according to is presented below:

Duke University-

UNC Chapel Hill –

North Carolina State University –

University of North Carolina at Charlotte –

North Carolina A&T State University  –

University of North Carolina at Asheville –

East Carolina University –

Wake Technical Community College –

Central Piedmont Community College –

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Professional Organizations 

North Carolina Society of Engineers – The North Carolina Society of Engineers, founded in 1918, is a nonprofit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization which helps promote the social, economic, and technical interests of the engineering profession throughout the State of North Carolina. By fostering better standards of engineering ethics and disseminating engineering knowledge among its members, it helps secure efficient service for the public and protects the public from incompetence in all lines of engineering work.

Professional Engineers of North Carolina – North Carolina Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers

North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals – The North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organization of its kind in the State.

Formed in 1989 by ten environmental consultants, the association has grown to over 200 individual members and 9 member corporations in 2016. Researchers, consultants, regulators, educators, attorneys, engineers, geologists, and students involved in any and all aspects of environmental management are eligible for membership.

Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina – The Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina is a technical organization dedicated to the advancement of the practice of Structural Engineering.

Our members include licensed professional engineers and engineer interns, students, engineering educators, retired engineers, and associated professionals and firms.Members come from a variety of areas of practice, with interests as diverse as bridge and highway structure design, tower and transmission structure design, special inspections, geotechnical engineering, structural steel connection and fabrication, and buildings and architectural structures.


North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27513

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