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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

FriendsofUNCW.PNGCongratulations Marine Quest, Junior Seahawk Academy, and Youth Programs on being recently awarded a Friends of UNCW grant! To read more about these projects, click here.

The Friends of UNCW is a volunteer organization that formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 volumes to 50,000 volumes. The Friends have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more 50 years. 

 marinequest-logo.pngQuaranSTEAM with the UNCW MarineQuest Team presents: Water Explorers! This interactive video is full of fun hands-on science experiments the whole family can do at home to explore the amazing properties of water. Hopefully, you will find most of the simple supplies around your house so you can stay safe at home – and don’t forget to wash those hands!

Share your results by tagging MarineQuest UNCW on Facebook, or using the hashtags #MarineQuestWaterExplorers and #UNCWMarineQuest





Dr. Angie Reid-GriffinWatch Dr. Angie Reid-Griffin on New Hanover County Schools’ Diversity Matters program (March 2020) as she describes her hopes for diversity in the field of STEM education, positive changes in the field, her role models, and how Junior Seahawk Academy can spark interest in STEM fields. As the host says, “Glass ceilings are made to be broken.” Dr. Griffin appears around the 15 minute mark.  


***POSEarth-Protectors_Logo_Full-Color_LATEST-VERSION_3.4.2020.pngTPONED - Date TBD* - This 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!


Mark your calendars now: The call for presentation and poster submissions for Bridging the Gap 2020 will open in exactly one week on March 11, 2020. Registration for Bridging the Gap 2020 will open March 18, 2020.
Anyone involved with K-12 education, higher education, industry, government or other STEM groups who wants to help strengthen STEM education in North Carolina is encouraged to participate in the 9th annual Bridging the Gap: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM Education conference in Raleigh on October 27-28, 2020. Like last year, registration is expected to sell out before the conference. Register early to secure your spot. 

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