The STEM HUB is the collaborative efforts of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs and Million Girls Moonshot STEM Next initiative. The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years. The Moonshot will be active in out-of-school programs in all 50 states, leveraging the Mott-funded 50 State Afterschool Network, which has access to more than 10 million youth and 100,000 afterschool programs across the country. Read more about the Million Girls Moonshot approach here.


STEM is more than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM ignites curiosity, reinforces classroom standards, encourages collaboration and critical thinking, and empowers the next generation of innovators and problem solvers!


“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, more interesting, and helps build fluency, much like immersing oneself in a new language.”

Afterschool Alliance


Women make up only 29% of the workforce in STEM careers, and men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. NC CAP has compiled resources to engage girls in STEM and create long-term investments in STEM occupations. Click HERE to learn more.


To learn more about NC CAP’s STEM initiatives, please visit the links below.

NC CAP has created free STEM lessons that are aligned with NC Essential Standards, include differentiation strategies, video overview, and Spanish translations. 


NC CAP has developed a series of webinars that focus on STEM experiments, resources, careers, and engagement opportunities. 

NC CAP developed a STEM Asset Mapping Database to spotlight STEM assets across North Carolina.

STEM PD features STEM professional development opportunities from state and national partners. 

The STEM Coalition, or STEMco, is the convenes individuals across sectors to develop strategies to address barriers within STEM pathways. 


NC CAP has compiled webinars and other online STEM content.

Education Matters: STEM Funders, Business, & Industry

Education Matters: STEM Engagement

Student Voices Series: Increasing Diversity in STEM

What is an Engineering Mindset?

NGCP Webinar: Representation Matters! Highlighting the IF/THEN Collection

NGCP Webinar: Innovative Strategies from the Field: Leveraging the IF/THEN® Collection

NGCP Webinar: Resources for Afterschool Programs: Using the IF/THEN® Collection for Programming

IF/THEN® Collection: Resources to Support Girls in STEM

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