Special NCSU STEM Outreach Programs
Since The Science House was founded in 1991, the organization has remained committed to bridging the resources of North Carolina’s largest research institution to K-12 students and educators across the state. Providing resources, programs and teaching materials, The Science House empowers scientific literacy and hands-on discovery, impacting 65,000 students and over 6,000 teachers across North Carolina in a single year.
What started as one office in Raleigh has grown to include four satellite locations in Lenoir, Jacksonville, Asheville and Edenton. By partnering university researchers and students with innovative programs and volunteer opportunities, The Science House helps educators produce successful grants, powerful outreach, and a platform to make a real difference in advancing STEM to every corner of the state.
Here is a link to The Science House website.
The Engineering Place builds excitement around engineering for students and teachers across the state. Day to week-long summer camps introduce rising 3rd to 12th grade students to engineering through hands-on activities and problem-solving.
The Engineering on the Road program brings engineering to life in K-12 schools all over North Carolina. Through teacher- and student-friendly demonstrations and hands-on activities, we illustrate the true nature of engineering. Programs are customized to meet the needs of the school/organization and for small or large groups. We also participate in other community programs, such as math and science nights, career fairs and workshops.
Engineering Bits & Bytes Days are on-campus STEM curriculum enrichment events which are generally differentiated by grade bands (grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12).
Here is a link to The Engineering Place website.
4‑H’ers are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety. 4‑H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of STEM opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.
Programs are delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities like NC State across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
Here is a link to the NCSU 4H page.
The primary purpose of the Solar House is for K-12 STEM education and outreach. (Looking for information on solar home construction or personal home improvements? Contact the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.) If you are interested in a tour and hands-on activities relating to the Solar House, you can schedule a tour by completing this online form and someone will contact you. We offer hands-on engineering activities, as well as information about the house. We can work with your K-12 group to customize the tour to meet your educational needs! The address is 1201 Gorman St, Raleigh, right next to the McKimmon Center.
Here is a link to the Solar House's information page.