of out-of-school time programs in North Carolina implement variations of informal STEM activities within their daily programming


of North Carolina parents agree afterschool programs can help youth gain STEM-related interests


of women make up the science and engineering workforce


of future careers will require awareness and application of STEM

Afterschool STEM offers unique and essential supports...

Extra Exposure

Children spend less than 20% of their waking hours in school. Afterschool STEM can almost double the amount of time some students have to question, tinker, learn, and explore STEM topics and careers.

Engagement & Opportunity

Afterschool STEM engages students in hands-on, real world projects that offer innovative ways to practice STEM skills in an informal space. This makes STEM more accessible, interesting, and helps build fluency.

Opportunity for ALL

The wealthiest 20% of families spend almost seven times more on enrichment activities outside of school for their children than do the poorest 20%. Afterschool STEM helps to close this gap by offering engaging learning programs to a diverse range of students.

Cultivating & Connecting

High-quality afterschool STEM cultivates interest, builds real STEM skills, and helps students connect STEM to their lives and future careers.

The STEMco

The STEM coalition, or STEMco, is the collaborative efforts of professionals, organizations, and program providers throughout North Carolina to amplify diversity, inclusion, and equity within STEM career pathways. The STEMco will develop strategies to ensure that more youth, particularly girls and minorities, are involved in STEM as early as Kindergarten. To do this, NC CAP will invite stakeholders from various sectors (i.e. business, higher education, K-12 education, OST programs, science centers and museums, libraries, and the community) to convene and discuss barriers and discontinuity among the STEM pipeline. Each sector in attendance provides a unique perspective on investing in the future STEM workforce.

Interested in joining the STEMco?

NC CAP and the STEM Coalition are always interested in collaborating with individuals and organizations that want to discover solutions and strategies to ensure that all youth across North Carolina have access to high-quality STEM opportunities and resources as early as Kindergarten.

Please click HERE to complete the form learn more about the STEMco and be added to upcoming STEMco communications.

Missed the Fall Convening 2020?

During the STEMco Fall Convening 2020, the Coalition analyzed STEM in North Carolina from their unique perspectives utilizing a SWOT analysis. The results of the SWOT analysis can be found here.

If you have any questions about the STEM Coalition and the convenings, please reach out to Sheneika Simmons at ssimmons@ncforum.org.