Student STEM Enrichment Program

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY WILSON COLLEGE OF TEXTILES

AWARD YEAR: 2021

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY WILSON COLLEGE OF TEXTILES

DIRECTOR: DELISHA HINTON

PROJECT TITLE: TEXPLORE - SUMMER ENRICHMENT AND SATURDAY ACADEMY PROGRAM

The TEXplore Summer Enrichment and Saturday Academy (TEXplore) is a three-year project designed to engage a cohort of approximately 30 rising 7th and 8th-grade students of Gaston and Catawba County in STEM and the textiles industry, through hands-on learning experiences in diverse textile STEM-related disciplines. The North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles has a unique relationship with rural North Carolina (NC) and the potential to expand access to STEM-related programs to rural students. This project partners middle school students in two NC Tier 2 counties, Gaston College and Catawba Valley Community College and the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NC-MSEN PCP). The activities involved in TEXplore will occur one week during the summer and periodically throughout the academic year on Saturdays. Students will learn about three unique STEM disciplines in the textile industry over three years by learning, applying and reinforcing scientific processing and investigative skills. This will occur through engaging and fun hands-on laboratory experiments and demonstrations at the Wilson College of Textiles in forensics, sustainability, smart textiles or personal protective equipment (PPE).

Award Timeline

Jan 15, 2022

Application Opens

Apr 21, 2022

Application Deadline

Sep 15, 2022

Notice of Award

Dec 01, 2022

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2026

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer

919-991-5103

Tiffanie Taylor

Senior Program Associate

919-991-5116