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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.PNGThis year the Earth Protectors will be called into action to help save the planet. Earth Protectors is a Changemakers event desigend for students with disabilities and typically developing individuals who likes to have fun with science. Children will earn their earth protector badges by visiting different stations and learn about sustainability. Participants will gain an understanding of the earth’s resources and ways to protect the planet through engaging activities like gem mining, planting, renewable energy, and animal safety in honor of Earth day 2020. Come join us in our quest to save the planet using our STEM skills!

In a nationalLeapIntoScienceLogo.PNG competition, the joint application submitted by STEM SENC, CESTEM, The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, STEM East, STEM West, and the State Library of NC, and supported by the NC Center for Afterschool Programs and the North Carolina Science Network, was accepted to join the Leap into Science Cohort 3. Dr. Carmen Sidbury (CESTEM) and Dr. Heddy Clark (STEM LC) will represent STEM SENC on the North Carolina State Leadership Team. Learn more about the program here.


CESTEM LogoSave the Date! The 2020 Southeast Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will be held March 7, 2020 at UNCW. For more information contact the CESTEM team at

The 2020 SE Regional Science & Engineering Fair was held February 15, 2020 at the Watson College of Education. Click here to view WWAY's coverage of the event.

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.