NC Flight Crew

The NC Flight Crew program is an exciting opportunity for girls and non-binary students in grades 6-12 who are interested about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Joining the NC Flight Crew is not just about learning; it’s about becoming a STEM leader, making a difference in your community, and preparing for a future filled with exciting STEM opportunities.

  • $1,025 Stipend
  • Hands-On STEM Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Giving
  • Professional Conference Attendance
  • Travel Expenses
  • STEM Career Exploration

September 2023

  • NC Flight Crew Application Opens 
  • NC Flight Crew Application Reviews  (Late September-Early October)

October 2023

  • NC Flight Crew Applications Close (October 10th)
  • NC Flight Crew Student Interviews (Mid-Late October)
  • 2023 NC Flight Crew Selection Announcements (End of October)

November 2023

  • Virtual Information Session for New NC Flight Crew Members (Early November) 
    • This virtual orientation will further familiarize new NC Flight Crew members with the goals and expectations for new participants. 
    • This session will also help prepare new Crew members for the upcoming Synergy conference 
  • Synergy (November 13-14, 2023) 
    • NC Flight Crew members will attend the annual Synergy Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 
    • This is an excellent opportunity for students to attend what might be their first professional conference.
    • Additionally NC Flight Crew members will have the opportunity to participate in several important facets of the conference:
      • Participate in Professional Development Sessions 
      • Expand Their Network
      • Serve as an Ambassador
    • In order to remove barriers and to offset the cost to students and the families that travel with them, the program will fund the travel and hotel accommodations for participants in addition to the cost of registration for the Crew member. 

December 2023

  • Virtual Flight Crew Development Session 1 (Early December) 
    • Regional STEM Ecosystems and NC CAP will introduce Students to Building their Own STEM Activity

January 2024

  • Leadership and Teambuilding Summit (Saturday, January 20th)
    • This in-person event will give NC Flight Crew members the opportunity to interact, bond, and learn with members of their cohort, and will help NC Flight Crew members forge connections that last beyond the program. 
    • The Leadership and Teambuilding Summit will take place in central NC to minimize driving distance for as many members as possible. 
    • In order to remove barriers and to offset the cost to students and the families that travel with them, the program will fund the travel and hotel accommodations for them in addition to the cost of registration for the Crew member. 

February 2024

  • Virtual Flight Crew Development Session 2 (Early February)
  • Lead an Afterschool STEM Activity (Late February or Early March)
    • NC Flight Crew members will demonstrate their newly acquired STEM leadership skills by leading a group of afterschool students through a STEM lesson. 
  • Information Session for Community STEM Night Coordinators and NC Flight Crew Members (Late February)
    • This session will also introduce coordinators to the NC Flight Crew program and allow them to meet their local NC Flight Crew member. 

March 2024

  • Flight Crew Development Session 3 (Mid March)
    • Final Check In for Activity Planning 
  • Planning for Community STEM Night (All Month)

April 2024

  • The NC Flight Crew’s Community STEM Nights take place (All Month)
  • Celebrate the North Carolina Science Festival! (All Month)
    • NC Flight Crew members are encouraged to attend 1-2 other local STEM events this month as ambassadors for the program and to further explore and gain additional exposure to STEM. 
      • Crew members can be compensated up to $50 for travel expenses, such as gas, to help increase their ability to attend these additional fun, local STEM events. 

May 2024

  • STEM Career Exploration #1 (All Month) 
  • Planning for an Advocacy or Community Giving Event (Late May)

June 2024

  • STEM Career Exploration #2 (All Month)
  • NC Flight Crew Advocacy or Community Giving Event (Late June or Early July)

July 2024

  • Virtual Wrap Up Meeting (mid July)

Meet the Crew!

Abigail

Abigail

Southeast Region

I’m in 9th grade in the Southeastern part of the state. Some of my hobbies are crocheting, painting, sketching, and playing video games in my spare time. I decided to join the NC Flight Crew because I would love to learn more about robots and change the world’s point of view about girls not being able to do robotics and building stuff. I also joined because I already love robotics and STEM. I first started having this love for stem when I was in the 8th grade. For the first year ever, my school decided to make an afterschool STEM class. So I wanted to try something different and joined. At first I was kind of confused but then I got the hang of it and I loved it so much. We built and programmed the robots. It was so fun!

Azsa

Azsa

Eastern Region

I am in sixth grade and I wanted to attend the NC flight crew so I could better define my interests. I want to be in the band when I’m older (in any career, you need STEM or science). I currently play eight instruments, one at school and seven at home.

Bailey

Bailey

Western Region

Hi, my name is Bailey. I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore In Western North Carolina. I applied for the NC Flight Crew program because I see it as a chance to learn more about the opportunities that I may have after secondary school. During the program, I hope to gain not only knowledge on STEM but also other skills I could use in the future. I hope to learn from it in order to help me achieve my goals in the future as either a lawyer or a detective. A fun fact about myself is that I am actually bilingual and was born in Seoul, South Korea.

Catelyn

Catelyn

Western Region

I’m in 6th grade and I joined the flight crew because I wanted to dive deeper into my STEM interests, learn to be a leader and share my love of STEM with others and teach them about it. My future career goal is to become a patent lawyer. A fun fact about myself is that I have kissed and hugged a 24 ft long python.

Eliana

Eliana

Far West Region

I wanted to join the NC Flight Crew because I think it’s a great opportunity and a way to meet other people interested in STEM. Ever since I was two years old I dreamed of being a teacher. That is still very much something I want to do. I love creative teachers who make learning fun for others and I want to bring that same energy to my career someday. My fun fact is that I have listened to the entire Harry Potter series at least 12 times now, and I’m still going!

Ellie

Ellie

Far West Region

My name is Ellie and I am an 8th grader in Far West North Carolina.  I have had a rich background in STEM including using science skills to do dissections, engineering skills to design cities 100 years in the future, technology skills to code robots and even more. My positive STEM experiences and a love of teaching other students inspired me to join the NC Flight Crew. I am also looking into a future career in STEM. Currently, I am interested in Biology and Geology. I believe participating in The NC Flight Crew will help me develop these skills and reach my academic goals. A fun fact about me is that I love cats and have three of them!

Hailey

Hailey

Far West Region

Salutations! My name is Hailey, a tenth grade student in an Early College program. Whenever I am not doing school related activities, I am most often found reading with my cats, or watching true crime shows. I enjoy playing piano and I dabble in gardening when the weather is warm enough. In the future, I see myself becoming a forensic scientist/psychologist, hopefully doing journalism on the side. If some current events I am interested in right now are still going on, once I finish my degree in journalism, I will focus on them and chase their stories until I can settle down. When I heard about the NC Flight Crew, I knew I had to join for many many reasons: My town lacks opportunities, I love a good challenge, I want to be the best leader I can be, and I want to bring STEM into my community to its fullest.

Indu

Indu

Western Region

Indu is a student passionate about computer science, robotics, and entrepreneurship. As the captain of her all-girls robotics team, Indu leads her team through the engineering and coding process to build competitive, autonomous robots. With her team, she promotes STEM throughout her community by hosting monthly STEM workshops, mentoring elementary school teams, and initiating service projects. Indu founded her library’s Girls Who Code club, where she teaches local youth various programming topics through engaging activities. Indu is also an avid entrepreneur and has pitched her company at an international competition. Currently, she is a student in the IB Diploma Program at her school. Indu is a young innovator and entrepreneur who aspires to use technology to uplift the global community.

Zoe

Zoe

Southeast Region

I wanted to be a part of the NC Flight Crew because I’ve always enjoyed STEM ever since I was really young, and I wanted the opportunity to do STEM based activities alongside other people. My career goals are actually not very STEM based, I really enjoy the idea of being a musician/being in a band, or possibly being an author. Although I’m leaning more towards being a psychologist/psychiatrist than anything else though. A fun fact about myself is that Jordan B Peterson’s 12 rules for life is one of my favorite books.

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