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STEM SENC (Southeastern North Carolina) is a regional effort in surrounding counties to bring together individuals, organizations, schools, institutions, and businesses for the purpose of supporting STEM learning in southeastern North Carolina. 


PBL Workshops

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) is partnering 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 are 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 are proud to support the workshop at UNCW on June 21-23. We are planning for an in-person workshop in the UNCW Education Building that follows the campus distancing, mask usage, and Health & Safety parameters in place at the time. 

Click here to register.

STEM SENC Partners with Kenan Fellows

Thanks to the generous support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, STEM SENC is excited to welcome our new Kenan Fellow, Susan Miller-Hendrix, an educator with the Public Schools of Robeson County. Susan will be working on the STEM SENC Diversity and Equity Asset Mapping Project. Click here to read an article about Susan in the Watson Chronicle.

The review committee was so impressed with the candidates who applied for this fellowship. They truly illustrated the hard and important work being done by educators in our region. Congrats, Susan!

Click here to read an article about the STEM SENC Diversity and Equity Asset Mapping Project in The Watson Chronicle.

2020 NC SMT Center Informal Educator in STEM

Congratulations to Dr. Angie Reid-Griffin (UNCW), the 2020 NC SMT Center's Outstanding Informal Educator in STEM. This award recognizes a North Carolina informal educator who excels in engaging young people (preK-12) in science, mathematics, and technology activities and experiences. Click here to read full story in The Watson Chronicle.

Dr. Reid-Griffin was recently featured in We are UNCW, click here to watch the video.

2020 Synergy Conference - Emerging Champion Awardee

Please join us in congratulating Liz Peterson, Extension Agent, Pender County 4-H. Liz received the Emerging Champion award from the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at their annual Synergy conference. This award spotlights individuals, programs, or organizations whose life or mission has demonstrated considerable work in developing, supporting and promoting high-quality afterschool and out-of-school time programs to benefit youth and families. Recipients of this award have between two (2) and five (5) years of service to youth in the field.

Bridging the Gap 2020

Bridging the Gap will be a fully virtual event this year on October 27-28, 2020. This is an annual conference whose goal is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina. It brings together educators, business leaders, government officials and others who play a role in STEM education to share ideas and resources. Click here to register.

Cumberland County Science Instructor named NC Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Maureen M. Stover on receiving the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year award. Stover, a former Air Force intelligence officer, is known to her students as the "Science Mom." She has been teaching biology and environmental science for the last three years at the early college in Cumberland County and also holds a number of leadership roles there.  

BWF 2020 PRISM Awards

Congratulations to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund's 2020 Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) Award recipients from Pender County Schools(Christopher Hicks, Jared Pinkston), Brunswick County Schools (Holly Majewski, Polly Westfall, Nicole Bertges, Brenda Fowler), Cumberland County Schools (Kathrine McPartlin, Jennifer Tumblin) and the Public Schools of Robeson County (Susan Miller-Hendrix)

The PRISM award provides up to $3,000 for one year to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies. An additional $1,500 may be requested for professional development related to the implementation of new equipment or use of materials in the classroom.

Leap into Science

In a national 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. Learn more about the program here.

Click here to read an article about Leap into Science in the Watson Chronicle.

Kramden Institute

STEM SENC partnered with Kramden Institute to provide FREE home computers to 360 students from schools in New Hanover County, Pender County, and Robeson County.