STEM is more than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is hands-on, minds-on FUN.

When we teach STEM, we:

  • Ignite curiosity
  • Reinforce what students learn in the classroom
  • Build critical thinkers who can collaborate
  • Build STEM families and economically vital communities
  • Empower a new generation of innovators and problem solvers

So many young people miss opportunities when they think “I’m not a science or a math person.” We want to change this perspective one positive STEM experience at a time. NC CAP wants ALL people to be STEM people, which is why we created free STEM lesson plans for out-of-school time providers. 

  1.  All of the background is included in each activity. You don’t have to be a scientist to teach or learn STEM.
  2.  All ages, from K – 12, have activities, suggested adaptations, and resources.
  3. All activities are correlated to NC Essential Standards in Science.
  4.  All program settings are incorporated, whether it is in classroom, in playgrounds, in gyms or in nature.
  5. All people are valued, with teacher notes in each lesson to include people who have Sensory Integration Issues.
  6. All families can participate. Our STEM To-Go activities connect children, schools, extended day programs, and families through STEM adventures at home. Check back soon for our STEM To-Go sheets in Spanish!
  7.  All lessons include technology, with interactive websites and tech adventures for kids.


Earth Science


Environmental Science

Life Science


Physical Science