North carolina stem ecosystem

NC STEM Ecosystem: Driving the Future is a collaborative effort of STEM organizations across North Carolina committed to nurturing, enabling and sustaining STEM education in North Carolina with a special emphasis on the western piedmont (STEM West) and eastern regions (STEM East and STEM SENC) of the state. Stakeholders in the ecosystem include formal education and extended learning organizations, business and industry, museums and science centers, libraries, STEM professionals and grant makers. The network leverages the expertise of its stakeholders including their knowledge of and relationships in the communities they represent in order to better serve students. The network is driven to ensure that young people have equitable access to STEM opportunities which prepare them to be successful as adults in a world that is defined by STEM.

leap into science nc

Though the individual partners of the Ecosystem are all engaged with regional projects that impact their communities, Leap into Science is the first truly statewide project we have undertaken together. With the NCSMT Center serving as the Ecosystem organizing body and the State Library of NC coordinating regional materials hubs, each of the regional entities - STEM West, STEM East and STEM SENC - work with their local organizations for training and workshop support. Our hope is to reach every corner of the state with Leap into Science and other programs that we support. We welcome your questions and connection as part of this growing network.

Meet the Team


Akua Carraway

Senior Program Associate

State Library of NC

Jasmine Rockwell

Youth Services Consultant


Bruce Middleton

Executive Director


Carol Moore

CEO & President


Heddy Clark

Executive Director