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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

  • NC STEM Center

    The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in North Carolina. Click on the FIND link to search for opportunities and programs throughout the year wonderful opportunities.

    GALS - Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science - North Carolina

    GALS is a free summer science program for high school students from North Carolina who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The successful applicants spend two weeks in the Pigsah National Forest learning science hands-on with Duke University scientists. We are looking for applicants who have had little to no experience in learning science outside the classroom or in exploring the outdoors. We do not take academic performance into account when selecting girls and are looking for those who would succeed in this hands-on, experiential learning environment. It's our hope that by getting these girls involved in the beauty of the outdoors and natural sciences, they may be inspired to become the environmental scientists of tomorrow.

    More information and the application can be found on our website:


    NC State Engineering Place-Summer Programs:

    Each summer elementary, middle and high school students attend programs throughout the state to discover what engineering is all about.  Our Raleigh Summer Camps online application process is now OPEN through April 5, 2019.

    Elementary Summer Programs Information

    Middle School Summer Programs Information

    High School Summer Programs Information

    Young Investigators' Summer Program in Nuclear Engineering Deadline is April 30, 2019


    UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Camps with iD Tech:  

    At iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills to compete at nearby Epic Games, one of the world’s top game developers, or the many tech companies in the Research Triangle like IBM, Cisco, and NetApp. UNC is a US News & World Report top 50 national university.

     NC School of Science & Math Summer Scholars Program:  

    The North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program is a year-round program for underserved students in grades 6 – 12 that is designed to provide mathematics and science enrichment.  Applications for Summer Scholars 2019 will be available in February 2019


    NC Summer Camp Listing for STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math 

    The following camp directory lists some of the summer camps for K-12 students in engineering.

    STEM for Kids:

    Computer Programming, Engineering, and Technology for Elementary and Middle School Children. Track out camps are available for K-8 students.

NC Museum of Sciences

  • Become a Citizen Scientist, Junior Volunteer, or a Junior Curator at the Museum of Natural Sciences! Please visit the websites for more information and application forms.

    Summer Camps

    Come play and learn with us this summer! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join Museum educators for fun activities, games, and crafts that teach about the natural sciences! We offer half-day, full-day, and even week-long residential camps — so there’s something for everyone from rising Kindergartners to 12th graders! Registration begins on February 19th.

    Citizen Science Program:

    Citizen scientists are people with an interest in science who want to participate in scientific research. As a citizen scientist, you partner with scientists and contribute to ongoing research. You will gather valuable data to solve difficult scientific problems and learn more about scientists and the work they do through first-hand experience. Many projects require little to no prior experience, equipment you already have, and minimal time, so it’s easy to get involved!

    Current Projects  

    Contact Person: Christine Goforth, Head of Citizen Science @ the Museum of Natural Sciences

    Junior Volunteer: GRADES 9-12 (IN 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR)

    Junior Volunteers are teenagers who are passionate about sharing science and the natural world with Museum visitors. Junior Volunteers assist and interact with Museum visitors, enhancing the visitor experience and sharing their natural history knowledge. Junior Volunteers are trained to work with props and mobile cart programs on the Museum floor. Volunteers commit to weekly 3-hour shifts for 10 weeks, June 13 – August 19. Please note that this program focuses on sharing information and educating visitors. It is not a science research program, and it does not involve animal handling.  Applications are due by 5 pm April 1, 2019.

    Contact Person: Kathryn Fromson, Coordinator, Youth Programs

    Junior Curator:  GRADES 8-12 (IN 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)

    Junior Curators are volunteers with an intense interest in natural science and animal husbandry. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting in the care and feeding of live animals, natural history educational programs and participation in Museum special events. Junior Curators enjoy science-themed seminars on various natural science topics throughout the year. Monthly field experiences to natural areas around the state and participation in natural history service projects are offered regularly. Junior Curators interact frequently with Museum staff and other natural science professionals from local universities and state agencies. Students work together with like-minded peers for the duration of their volunteer experience. We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Online applications are due by 5 pm March 18, 2019. 

    Contact Person- Lynn Cross, Head, Youth Programs 

    Teen Science Cafes

    Teen Science Cafés bring teens together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each café will include a scientist presentation, an interactive activity relating to the discussion, a Q&A session, and time to meet other teens that enjoy science. This program is recommended for participants ages 11–17. The first 50 teens to arrive will receive a voucher for a free meal. This is a FREE event. No registration needed!

    Cafe Coordinators: Grades 9-12 (2018-2019 school year)

    The Café Coordinator group is responsible for hosting the Museum’s monthly Teen Science Cafes from October through April. These cafes allow students to build leadership skills by working with Café presenters and assisting in the planning and implementation of activities related to the Cafés. Café hosting duties also include talking with café attendees, making announcements, and assisting with participant questions. Applications are due by 5 pm Monday, May 13, 2018.