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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.

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Coastal Plain Region Eastern North Carolina.

  • Aurora Fossil Museum (Aurora, NC) – Join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Aurora Fossil Festival on May 25 & 26, 2018 as we celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Aurora Fossil Museum! Opening ceremonies begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 25th.
    MAY 25, 2018 – MAY 26, 2018 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: Aurora, NC.
    The Aurora Fossil Museum, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) science education resource center. Our mission is to increase knowledge of the geology, paleontology, and prehistory of coastal North  Carolina in an engaging and enjoyable manner. We accomplish this mission through exhibits, interactive inquiry-based activities, outreach  programs, events, field studies, and involvement in the annual Fossil Festival held on Memorial Day weekend.

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

  • GALS flyer english picGirls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS) is a free outdoor science program for high school students from North Carolina who identify as female or gender nonconforming,  students of color, and students from low-income backgrounds. As a GALS participant, you will hike through Pisgah National Forest for 2 weeks, learning hands-on about the scientific method, environmental science, and biology. No hiking experience necessary, all gear will be provided, and grades are not a determining factor in your application. Application period closes March 15.
    Cost: FREE!
    Location: The program starts and ends at Duke University, Durham, NC. We can provide help with transportation to Durham if needed.
    Dates: June 12-26
    Flyer: Download here.
  • Citizen Science- NestWatch // Raleigh Parks & Recreation (Raleigh, NC) – Become a scientist for a day with us at Horseshoe Farm. We’ll collect data from our bluebird boxes for NestWatch, investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes and see nests and eggs up close! We’ll send you home with all the information you need to start your own NestWatch in your backyard. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults and children must register and pay the program fee.
    APRIL 28, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: Raleigh; Open Space – Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
    Register online at keyword search “RecLink” use barcode #215914


  • FREE Gateway to Science at Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
    4/12/2018 // 9am-5pm // 2907 E. Gate City Blvd.Greensboro, NC 27401
    Come explore science experiments with our graduate students, tour our state-of-the-art facility, and find out what new projects we are doing. Watch a video for an introduction to nano, then talk to our grad students and ask them how and why they got involved in nano research.
  • FREE Science Everywhere at UNC Greensboro
    4/21/2018 // 12- 4:15pm // Spring Garden Street McIver St. Greensboro, NC 27412
    he wonders of science are everywhere — in the kitchen, in the world around us, on our bodies, in outer space. This community event is a chance to learn more about biology, chemistry, computer science, math, technology, ecology, sustainability and more.
  • FREE 2018 Piedmont Earth Day Fair at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
    2/21/2018 // 10am-4pm // 414 Deacon Blvd. Winston-Salem 27105
    Enjoy great food and music, activities for adults and kids, and wonderful earth-friendly exhibitors…all while learning about how to support a more sustainable community and planet.
  • FREE Stargazing at Kaleideum North
    2/21/2018 // 8-10:30pm // Kaleideum North 400 W. Hanes Mill Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105
    Enjoy great food and music, activities for adults and kids, and wonderful earth-friendly exhibitors…all while learning about how to support a more sustainable community and planet.
  • FREE UNC Science Expo UNC Chapel Hill
    4/14/2018 // 11am-4pm // UNC Chapel Hill Cameron Ave.Chapel Hill 27514
    This huge celebration draws approximately 10,000 participants from Chapel Hill and beyond and showcases the diversity of scientific research on campus. We’ll have 100+ booths with hands on activities as well as lab tours, science challenges and more! See our website for more information about parking, food, and details of the event.
  • FREE Triangle SciTech Expo
    4/28/2018 // 9am-4pm // NC Museum of Natural Sciences 11 W Jones St. Raleigh 27601
    Featuring over fifty hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, plus a series of presentations, Triangle SciTech Expo is a unique event that assembles scientists and technical professionals from universities, organizations and industry to engage visitors of all ages in the excitement of science and technology.
  • FREE (for Durham County residents) ¡Celebremos! La comida, las artes, y el ambiente de Latinoamérica
    2/29/2018 // 20am-4pm // NC Museum of Life & Science 433 W. Murray Ave. Durham 27704
    ¡Venga a celebrar la ciencia y la historia detrás de la comida y bebida de América Latina! Experimente actividades prácticas especiales ofrecidas por científicos, además de probar los sabores de los vendedores locales que hablan Español e Inglés.
  • $25 per participant STEMville Science Symposium
    04/14/2018 // 8:30am-12:30pm // Morehead Planetarium & Science Center 250 E. Franklin St. Chapel Hill 27599
    The STEMville Science Symposium is a half-day science conference for children in grades four through seven. Designed to mimic a professional conference for career scientists in every way, participants attend a keynote speaker presentation followed by breakout sessions lead by researchers at UNC. Register at
  • FREE EATsploration
    4/8/2018 // 1-5pm // Kidzu Children’s Museum 201 S. Estes Drive A9, Chapel Hill 27514
    EATsploration, is a free day at Kidzu Children’s Museum full of exploration into the science of food, encourages participants to “play with your meal”, and look deeper into the biology, artistry, and chemistry of your favorite meal.
  • FREE NanoDays 2018 at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum
    4/20/2018 // 4-5:30pm // 2411 Dunn Ave Campus Raleigh, NC 27695
    NanoDays is an annual campus-wide event that combines fun hands-on activities with presentations on current nanotechnology research. We’ll explore a range of exciting investigations that demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found when we scale down to one-billionth of a meter.
  • FREE UNC Charlotte Science & Technology Expo
    4/29/2018 // 12-4pm // UNC Charlotte Campus, Cato Plaza 9201 University City Blvd. 28223
    The UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo will feature over 100 activities for the science-curious of all ages! A fun packed day will include hands-on educational presentations and fascinating displays. Activities may involve engineering demonstrations, computer and software explorations, hourly live science shows, cool robots in action, lab tours in the life sciences, STEM education activities, environmental science… and much, much more.
  • FREE Carolinas Aviation Museum’s Community Day
    2/28/2018 // 10am-5pm // 4672 First Flight Drive, 28208
    This year’s Community Day will highlight and promote STEM industries around our region in addition to continuing to foster a family friendly environment with hands-on, minds on activities like our recyclable plane build challenge, air pressure demos, and our hypothermia penny challenge race.
  • FREE Statewide Star Party: UNC Charlotte Observatory
    2/20/2018 // 8:30-10:00pm // 9201 University City Blvd. 28223
    Join us for a free evening of star-gazing and fun astronomy activities, including a chance to view planets, moons, star clusters and nebulae with our collection of telescopes. Online registration is recommended. All ages welcome! Register online at
  • $10/parent-child pair Lego Robotics Workshop
    04/7-8,14-15/2018 // 9am-4pm // EPIC Building, UNC Charlotte 8700 Phillips Rd. 28223
    These day-long workshops will give kids in grades 3-12 the opportunity to learn introductory robotics skills with expert guidance.  The workshops are designed for children with little or no prior robotics experience. Participants will design, build and program robot creations using LEGO MindStorms building kits and customized software in small, multi-instructor staffed, age-appropriate classes. Advance registration is required and a parent or responsible adult is required to attend with each child. Register at
  • FREE 3D Printed Prosthetics: A Community Service Project for Teens
    4/2 & 5/2018 // Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 310 N. Tryon St. 28202
    Come celebrate this year’s NC Science Festival AND give back to your community.  Learn about 3D printing and assist staff in assembling 3D printed prosthetic hands that will be donated to children in need. Teens welcome!

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

  • STEM Trek! 2018 – STEM West (Hickory, NC) – This Inaugural Event is part of the NC Science Festival. It begins at 10:00 and runs until 2:00 on April 21st at the SALT Block in Hickory. It is open for all ages to learn about STEM careers and businesses in Western NC through hands-on experiences.
    April 21, 2018  | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location: 243 3rd Ave NE. Hickory, North Carolina 28601
  • 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


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 –

For a complete list please visit: Niche at

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

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785