STEM West - 2019 Upcoming Events!

Register now for the 2019 Spring STEM West Community Meeting

All are welcome to:

  1. Meet with Kevin Baxter of NCSSM-Morganton who will be providing updates on the progress toward the school's opening.

  2. Meet teachers who created and implemented project-based learning (PBL) units with local STEM businesses.

  3. Learn about STEM West happenings.

The meeting will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments on April 2nd, 2019 from 10:00-11:30.


STEM West is excited to bring the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Traveling Science Fair as part of STEM Trek, participating as part of the North Carolina Science Festival 2019. Six large trailers will be demonstrating STEM technologies covering advanced materials, clean energy, computational sciences, neutron sciences, and nuclear science & engineering. The lab trailers are engaging for all age groups! Families, youth groups, university students, clubs, scouts, are all welcome.
The event will take place on the SALT Block/Catawba Science Center on Friday, April 12 & 13, 2019. On Friday the region's schools will be bringing over 3500 students out to tour and meet the engineers. Saturday the 13th, local STEM businesses will be providing additional hands-on activities related to their work. You may want to consider scheduling a visit to the Catawba Science Center and/or the Hickory Museum of Arts on the same day while you are on the SALT Block.

Video of 2018 STEM Trek and ORNL!


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