STEM is more than a trend, it is a great need across the country and here in the Triangle where we have so many science and engineering companies.

circle-kid-readingWe are committed to ensuring Wake students are educated and ready to take the next step of their STEM journey when they graduate.

WakeEd coordinates programs with the Wake County Public School System, and STEM businesses and organizations, to deliver programs that enhance educator skills in STEM content delivery. This makes for a more well-rounded workforce, but also enriches and enlivens academic and co-curricular programs in Wake County schools.

Throughout the year, our programs and events give business leaders and educators opportunities to connect to find ways to expand STEM education in Wake County.

World Café brings business leaders together with educators to match financial and in-kind resources with learning. At this annual event, schools have an opportunity to network and meet businesses looking to invest time and resources in STEM education. More than 85% of participating businesses and educators said the event was excellent or very good. Then schools have an opportunity to present in the “Idea Crucible” for a chance win up to $3,000 in funding for the best STEM project.

SummerSTEM is a collaboration between WakeEd Partnership, WCPSS, and business and organizational partners in the RTP area. During a week in summer, WCPSS educators are embedded in companies, meet with college professors and are paired with another WCPSS to help coach them. SummerSTEM is more than professional development. it is a way for educators to engage in hands-on experiences designed to bring real-world lessons to the classroom.

US2020 is focused on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. As the North Carolina partner for this program, WakeEd provides professional development opportunities for teachers in STEM by connecting them with resources at area STEM-related businesses.

Learn more by contacting our Director of Programs Teresa Pierrie at 919.780.5235.