Connecting Educators with STEM Professionals to Enhance Instruction in Wake County Public Schools



In July, 140 Wake County Public School System educators participated in WakeEd’s first virtual SummerSTEM program. View our Twitter Moment to see updates from SummerSTEM educators.

SummerSTEM is a collaboration between WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), and numerous STEM businesses and organizations in North Carolina. This eight-day professional development program exists to enrich the educator’s understanding of the knowledge and skills that are necessary to succeed in STEM careers.

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

For one week during the summer, they are immersed in STEM organizations to experience industry practices and in Wake Technical Community College classrooms to experience college-level applied STEM instruction. Throughout the year, mentors coach SummerSTEM educators in lesson design and project-based learning.

What is SummerSTEM?

Professional Development for Educators

  • Direct instruction in project-based learning
  • Investigation in community college instruction in applied STEM fields
  • Immersion in STEM work settings with STEM professionals
  • Coaching in lesson design using feedback protocols
  • Leadership experiences aligned with National Teacher Leader Model Standards

Community Engagement for Businesses

  • Create interactive immersion experiences for educators that demonstrate the relationship between the classroom and the business world
  • Support educators as they implement their SummerSTEM experiences into their classrooms
  • Become a program sponsor so that more educators can attend SummerSTEM

SummerSTEM 2021 Business Partners

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of Wake County Public Schools

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Wake County Students

Directly Impacted by SummerSTEM Teachers

Wake County Schools

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Professional Development that Changes Teaching and Improves Learning

In December 2018, Amy Germuth published an article in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership, describing WakeEd Partnership’s SummerSTEM program as a model for effective professional development for educators in North Carolina’s largest school district.


Explore our Virtual STEMposium

WakeEd’s SummerSTEM program empowered 100 K-12 teachers to bring real-world lessons to the classroom through partnerships with leading STEM organization in the Triangle. Join us online to “meet” some of the inspired educators and dedicated business partners who are going above and beyond for Wake County students.

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“Get ‘em hooked” with Grossology

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Get Involved


Teams of two educators apply to participate. School administrators complete a portion of the application to demonstrate support for their teams. Applications open in early to mid-spring.

Businesses & Organizations

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

To learn more about SummerSTEM, contact:
Douglas Price | Director of Programs
(919) 780-5235 | 

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