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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

ChangeMakers_Graphic_Words.PNGCome join UNCW for our 2019 NC Science Festival event, ChangeMakers, on Friday, April 12, 2019. Everyone, ages 4-17 years are welcome. People diagnosed with disabilities are also encouraged to attend. We will provide opportunities for young people to explore maker technology as part of the Maker Movement, to become dream makers. Community partners, people with disabilities, and our team of faculty/staff will be on hand to help you design an invention in our maker space. This space will allow you to develop something you are passionate about that will solve a problem.

*Registration is currently closed. If you are interested in attending, please email Gianna Geiss at for more information.

STEMSENC-OfficialLogo-01.pngWe hope you can join us for our second STEM SENC partner meeting on Monday, April 15 on the UNCW campus from 10 AM to 2 PM. Becky Bowen from NC State Cooperative Extension will facilitate the meeting. We plan to build upon our previous Design Studio work and form work groups. We will send out an agenda closer to the meeting. Please RSVP via email to by April 8.





junior-sea-hawk.PNGThe 2019 Jr. Seahawk Academy Summer Camp will be 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. Click here to learn more. Click here to register. Click here to learn more about becoming a mentor.

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.


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.