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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.

  • Summer Camp for 7th Graders (Greenville, North Carolina)

    Summer Camp Announcement ECU 19Cost: FREE!
    Location: East Carolina University, Greenville NC.
    Dates: July 22nd to August 2nd, 2019
    Flyer: Download here.

    The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) at East Carolina University (ECU) is partnering with middle schools in rural eastern North Carolina (ENC) to offer summer camps focused on renewable energy and green manufacturing. The objectives of this educational opportunity are to a) excite students about pursuing professional and research careers in science-related areas; b) enhance students’ proficiencies in science and mathematics; c) encourage and motivate students to persist with science and mathematics education through scientific inquiry based hands-on learning.

    The project is held during the summer at the ECU campus and will bring together approximately seventy-five (75) middle school students over a period of three (3) years. Each year, approximately twenty-five (25) 7th-grade students, exhibiting strong potential for STEM, will be actively recruited. Working collaboratively with STEM East, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP), teachers, and parents we plan to recruit underserved and unrepresented STEM-oriented middle school students.

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. The 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.


  • Design Camp 2019DesignCamp_Postcard_2018_print

    Design Camp is a multi-discipline, pre-college summer program organized by the NC State Design Lab for high school and middle school students.

    Design Camp engages students in the study of design and how design impacts all aspects of our everyday lives. Critical thinking skills and creative experience gained at Design Camp prepare students to be innovative problem solvers who can tackle the challenges of the future.

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  • 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



  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Summer Camps
    June 18-22, July 16-20, 23-27 // 11 West Jones Street  Raleigh, NC 27601 // 919.707.9800 // Middle and high school age // $210 – $450 // Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join Museum educators for fun activities, games, and crafts! We offer half-day, full-day, and even week-long residential camps! Summer Camp Examples:

    • Code Your Own Adventure- Start your journey learning computer science the fun way by building a fantasy adventure game completely from scratch using Processing, a powerful, cross-platform Java-based language.
    • Nature Art and Illustration- Each morning we will search Prairie Ridge’s ponds, streams and prairie for plants and wildlife to inspire your creativity. In the afternoon Bob Palmatier, a local writer, illustrator and environmental educator, will teach you how to illustrate nature with various painting techniques.
    • Behind the Scenes at the Museum- Have you ever wanted to look beyond the Museum’s exhibits to see how a museum works? Meet researchers, educators, exhibit staff and collection managers and take a rare look behind the scenes.

    BioIgnite Summer Camps on BioEngineering at Duke University
    June 18-29 // Brodhead Center, 402 Chapel Dr. Durham, NC 27710 // Middle school age // $500 // Offer need-based scholarships //
    BioIgnite camps will engage your middle school student in hands-on activities while he or she learns about cutting-edge topics and careers in bioSTEM (biology-related science, technology, engineering, and math).

    Eno River Field Station
    July 23-27 // 4214 Highland Farm Rd,Hillsborough,NC 27278 // (919)620-9099 ext. 204 // Middle and high school age // $220 // Scholarships available //
    ENO RIVER FIELD STATION  takes students ages 12-17 out of the classroom and deep into discovery of their environment. Field Station is held at the Confluence Natural Area on the West and East Forks of the Eno River, outside Hillsborough, NC.  Bus transportation from Hillsborough, lunches, and snacks provided.

    Polymer Camp at NC State College of Textiles
    July 26-27 // 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606 // // High school age // $45 // Financial assistance available //
    Polymer Camp is a two-day workshop that is held at the end of July in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science by the faculty, staff and students. It is designed for high-school students that are interested in physical sciences and engineering, and attending NC State.

    STEAM Activated! Program for Middle School Students
    July 9-13 // 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro, NC, 27411 // // Rising 6th-8th grade girls // Free //
    Middle-school girls of STEM promise are engaged in a variety of fun ‘Construction Engineering and Technology’ project-based learning and laboratory research experiences to increase their STEM knowledge.—2017.pdf
    For other programs at NC A&T University visit:

    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!

  • Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive StorytellingWatch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique class that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many!
  • Mad Math- It’s Alive!! Students will learn to analyze and solve mathematical problems using fun brain teasers, creative games, and computer activities that will enhance their skills as mathematicians.
  • Crime Scene Investigation- This class involves the study of objects that relate to a crime. The objects are evidence and analyzing the evidence is what crime scene technicians do. They observe, classify, compare, use numbers, measure, predict, interpret data, and draw inferences.

    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. 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.

    • Jump Into Summer– Let’s start summer off with a bang! Water-play, sand castles, group games, popsicle making and more are what you will experience during your first week of summer vacation! We will have daily crafts and fun, outdoor activities, and stories. We will top our week off with a trip to the Children’s Museum of Alamance County. Come and join us for a fun-filled week of exploration, creativity and learning!
    • Arctic Stem Challenge- Your expedition as failed! Your group is stranded in the artic circle and must make it back to base camp safely.  In the process you will become an Arctic Architect, master the art of polar bear defense, find a way to keep warm, become a lookout for your group and build a parachute to make it to safety.  
    • Science is AWESOME!– This is a camp for the science lover! Students will investigate many different aspects of science from polymers to explosions! Students will determine the best recipe for silly putty and slime based on their investigations. There will also be many surprise demonstrations with phase changes, combustion and energy exhange. All students will be kept safe and laughing!
    • Adventureland– Oh the places you’ll go! Come join us as we go on amazing learning adventures! Each day will be a new destination in our imaginations. Beach bash fun, crazy camping, nature exploration, and wild water fun. We will explore multiple hands-on learning activities, book, talks, STEM Activities, edible crafts and oh so much more! Join us in Adventureland, where wonders never cease (nor does the learning and fun!)
    • Robotics- Ever wonder what goes into making a music video or an app for your phone? Ever wanted to build and command your own robot? Mornings campers will explore basic blockly coding skills using sites like and scratch. Afternoons students will use Lego Mindstorms and Spheros to build and program robots to follow their every command.


    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:

    • Code Design- Want to make components move, make sounds, flash and more? All it takes is a little know-how, a programmable circuit board and some creativity! Learn to code and program a variety of microcontrollers including Makey-Makeys®, RaspberryPi® and Arduinos® in this introduction to coding Camp.
    • Girls Only: Full STEM Ahead- Participate in age-appropriate activities including engineering, programming, robotics, biology and chemistry to develop the awesome within! This week-long Camp is sure to increase your passion for the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math.
    • Exploding Science Myths-Myths and urban legends are everywhere, but which are true? Using physics, chemistry and the scientific method, study some of the more famous myths and test your own.

    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:
    Summer Camp Examples:


  • Emergency Vet Tech II- Campers take veterinary medicine to the next level! Our young Vets will learn how to give an injection “to an orange”, practice suturing on our suture glove, perform a fetal pig heart dissection, and will examine animal parasitic diseases. This camp also includes a rat dissection and neutering procedure on the rat.
  • Minecraft™ Modding I- Get a head start in life by developing invaluable skills in coding with Minecraft. Our camp will teach you to use Java™ code to control your own MinecraftM server, build mods and design your own ‘games within the game.

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

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Applied Physical Sciences –

Biology –

Biomedical Engineering

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Exercise and Sport Science –

Geological Sciences –

Marine Sciences –

Mathematics –

Physics and Astronomy  –

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Statistics and Operations Research –

Davidson College

Biology –

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Environmental Studies –

Mathematics & Computer Science –

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Premedicie and Allied Health Professions

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Wake Forest University

Accountancy –

Biology –

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Business –

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Interdisciplinary Mathematics –

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Elon University  

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Exercise Science –

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Public Health Studies –

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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 –

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Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences –

Mathematics –

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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-

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte –

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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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