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.
WHAT IS STEM?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!
WHAT IS THE STEM HUB?
The STEM Hub contains all STEM-related information and resources. Resources that NC CAP offers in the STEM Hub are STEM Lessons, STEMinar Series, STEM Opportunity Spotlight, and the STEM Coalition. Learn more about each initiative below. To continuously improve upon the STEM Hub, NC CAP wants to hear about how your program is implementing STEM, click here to complete the 10 minute survey.
STEM IN NC
North Carolina continues to advance as a nationwide leader within STEM career fields. However, the pipeline to grow and develop future leaders in STEM is lacking. OST programs are the catalysts to encourage, promote, and integrate rigorous, relevant, and high-quality STEM concepts within their programs.
STEM HUB RESOURCES
To learn more about NC CAP’s STEM initiatives, please visit the links below.
NC CAP has created free STEM lesson plans. Each lesson includes an overview, fast facts, lesson contents, family engagement strategies, and a video overview. Lessons adhere to the NC Essential Standards, includes tools for differentiation, and addresses potential misconceptions for program providers.
NC CAP has developed a series of webinars that focus on STEM experiments, resources, careers, and engagement opportunities. Each STEMinar can be leveraged by programs, schools, families, and communities.
NC CAP has developed a STEM Asset Mapping Database to spotlight STEM assets across North Carolina that programs, schools, families, and communities can leverage to engage youth in STEM.
The STEM Coalition, or STEMco, is the intentional convening of individuals from varying sectors to discuss the barriers related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within STEM careers and to develop strategies that will ensure more youth, especially girls and minorities, are involved in STEM as early as Kindergarten.
STEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
NC CAP has partnered with Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM (ACRES), which is a nationally acclaimed professional development series for out-of-school time educators who want to build knowledge and skills towards confident facilitation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experiences for youth in their programs. At the heart of ACRES is coaching, where participants learn a skill and receive peer and expert coaching to help them reflect upon and strengthen their instructional practice. To learn more about the professional development offerings in relation to STEM, click the button below.
Education Matters aims to provide the public with real facts about the state of public education in North Carolina. The weekly television show explores everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. Check out the episodes below that highlight the importance of STEM, especially for girls and minorities.
STEM Funders, Business, and Industry
The world around us is constantly changing and so is the workforce. It is imperative that youth are afforded opportunities to learn by doing, build skills, connect with mentors and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. Today, STEM jobs are driving global economic growth, and youth nationwide are getting opportunities to develop an interest in science and gain STEM-related skills. At the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Program’s annual Synergy Conference, we were able to begin this conversation with the STEM Coalition Kickoff Panel. In this two part series, we will continue to discuss the importance of investing in STEM for youth as early as Kindergarten, developing core skills necessary for STEM career pathways, and the impact of STEM on the lives of youth and young adults.
Alfred Mays, Senior Program Officer of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of STEM Next
Khalia Braswell, Founder and CEO of INTech Camp for Girls
STEM Engagement: During School, Out of School, Kids and Adults
In the previous episode, the discussion centered around the need for ongoing STEM investments and exposure to high-quality STEM content, as early as Kindergarten. These discussions bring awareness to the need for collective strategies and intentional collaboration and partnerships within the STEM pipeline. The goal is to ensure that every child has access to high-quality STEM during school and out-of-school time. As we continue these conversations, we will engage educators and program providers, and amplify the voices of youth and young adults. On this show, they discuss with a K-12 STEM educator and a program provider about the ways in which they are preparing youth to enter a dynamic and ever-changing workforce. At the end of the show, they listen to youth and young adult participants who have benefited from high quality STEM engagement opportunities. Each voice expressed in this episode holds a unique perspective of STEM in North Carolina.