CESTEM's Mission

  • To provide outreach and regional service in STEM.
  • To improve the quality of pre-college science and mathematics, with an emphasis on technology integration and engineering principles.
  • To ensure public access to educational programs and authentic resources.
  • To provide high quality professional development to K-12 teachers. 

News & Events

IBEC Science Fair Academy Video Project

Science-Fair-Academy-Board-Photo-with-Bishop.jpgIsaac Bear students Eleanor Meinhold and Andres Valdiri have developed a series of videos to help students prepare for Science Fair. Working together with SFA advisor Brian Bishop, CESTEM's Heddy Clark and Michelle Hafey, and New Hanover County Schools STEM Specialist David Glenn, the SFA students created an eight-part video series that breaks down the Science & Engineering Fair process on a mentor-mentee level. Click HERE to read the full article in the Watson Chronicle.

2021 Computational Thinking Workshop

GroupWork.jpgOn August 4 & 5, 2021, Shelby Morge and Chris Gordon led a CESTEM workshop titled “Computational Thinking and the NC Computer Science Standards.” During the workshop, K-8 teachers learned about the new North Carolina Computer Science standards and reflected on what they look like in the classroom. Participants also engaged in computational thinking through cross-curricular, computer-based, and non-computer-based classroom tested activities. Click here to read an article about the workshop in the Watson Chronicle.

2021 PBL Workshop

IMG_9325.JPGThe North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) partnered with the Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) at the Wake Forest School of Medicine to provide two 3-day workshops this summer. Both workshops were designed to provide K-12 teachers with inquiry-based lessons in Problem-Based Learning that integrate science, math, language arts and other areas of the curriculum.

STEM SENC and the UNCW Watson College of Education’s Center for Education in STEM (CESTEM) and STEM Learning Cooperative provided support for the workshop held at UNCW on June 21-23. Click here to read an article about the workshop in the Watson Chronicle.

"Improving the science & mathematics achievement of North Carolina's youth by providing high quality professional development for their teachers."