The idea that students experience a “reading slump” during the summer season is commonplace. New research indicates that the “slump” also has a profound impact on students’ comprehension of scientific, technological engineering and mathematical (STEM) principles. This is just one of the reasons WakeEd is collaborating with WCPSS to address STEM principles through its STEMpact initiatives. SummerSTEM is a primary component of this work.


As a collaboration between WakeEd Partnership, WCPSS, and business and organizational partners in the RTP area, SummerSTEM is more than professional development.


SummerSTEM immerses WCPSS educators in businesses and organizations that focus STEM. This program exists to enrich the educator’s understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in STEM careers. At SummerSTEM, educators experience actual work-based practices used in STEM organizations and professionals share strategies with schools to make a “STEMpact.”

One-hundred educators from WCPSS schools engage in hands-on experiences designed to bring real-world lessons to the classroom.

Quick Facts:

In the first year, WakeEd’s SummerSTEM reached:
  • 50 Educators from
  • 25 schools embedded in
  • 6 businesses for
  • 5 days of professional development
In its second year, SummerSTEM doubled to reach:
  • 100 elementary, middle and high school educators at
  • 50 schools embedded in
  • 11 businesses for
  • 10 days of professional development

Get Involved


Teams of two educators per school apply to participate. School administrators complete a portion of the application to demonstrate support for their teams.

STEM Businesses & Organizations

STEM businesses and organizations can offer to be host sites for educators and financially sponsor the event so more teachers can attend.