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The STEM Learning Cooperative capitalizes on campus and community partnerships to develop and deliver aspirational STEM learning opportunities for students, families, and educators in Southeastern North Carolina.

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News and Events

SammyThe Junior Seahawk Academy along with the STEM Learning Cooperative hosted a STEAM Community Celebration on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Watson College of Education at UNCW. Click here to view WWAY's news coverage of the event.

The 2019 Jr. Seahawk Academy Summer Camp was held July 8-12 at the Watson College of Education. This is an educational day program designed specifically for middle-grade students (ages 10-14). The Junior Seahawk Academy targets students from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations to develop interests in science, technology, engineering, math, and education careers while participating in various fun, hands-on activities that promote learning. The next Junior Seahawk Academy will be held July 6-10, 2020.

Save the Date! The 202CESTEM Logo0 Wilmington Regional SeaPerch Competition will be held January 18, 2020 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. The 2020 Region 2 Science & Engineering Fair will be held February 15, 2020 at the Watson College of Education. The 2020 Southeast Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will be held March 14, 2020 at UNCW. For more information contact the CESTEM team at

The STEM LearningChangeMakers_Graphic_Words.PNG Cooperative's 2019 NC Science Festival event, ChangeMakers, was featured in a story published in The Sampson Independent. Read it here. 


Dr. Carmen Sidbury,Million-Women-Mentors.PNG Director of CESTEM and member of the STEM LC Leadership Team, has been named Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors-North Carolina. Read more about it here. 



STEM-SENC-RECONNECT.PNGSTEM SENC is one of five community initiatives selected by the Institute for Emerging Issues to participate in ReCONNECT Rural and Urban, part of a three-year, six-forum series focusing on bringing North Carolina and North Carolinians together across lines of division. Selected communities are actively working on efforts to address shared challenges, and promote and more effectively leverage interconnections between different community types. Carmen Sidbury, CESTEM Director, and Heddy Clark, STEM LC Director, are members of the STEM SENC ReCONNECT leadership team. Dr. Sidbury discussed the potential STEM SENC has to impact both urban and rural students in southeastern North Carolina at the ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum in Raleigh on February 11, 2019. Watch the video and recordings of the sessions here. On the show “Education Matters,” Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, discussed UNCW and STEM SENC to illustrate the reason for the ReCONNECT initiative. The video can be seen here

Heddy Clark, director of the STEM Learning Cooperative, discussed how STEM SENC builds on rural-urban connections in a story published in the Wilmington Star News and The Sampson Independent.

As part of the ReCONNECT Rural and Urban initiative, Dr. Carmen Sidbury (CESTEM Director) and Roszena Devione-Bivens (James Sprunt Community College) will represent STEM SENC at the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC)  annual  conference in Greensboro on August 24, 2019. More information can be found here.


The STEM Learning Cooperative's partnership with Clinton City Schools on the I-40 E.A.S.T project supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund was featured in a story published in The Sampson Independent. Read it here.

On June 24 - June 27, I-40 E.A.S.T. participants attended summer camp at UNCW. They explored career opportunities, GIS mapping, green design, civil engineering and Smart Growth Strategies.