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

Mar 10, 2023

Application Opens

Jun 09, 2023

Application Deadline

Nov 30, 2023

Notice of Award

Dec 01, 2023

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2026

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer

919-991-5103

Samantha Moore

Program Associate

919-991-5129

Kendi Kajogo

Program Coordinator

919-991-5116