Fun and structured after-school and summer camp experiences for kids who love to build, tinker, imagine, and explore!
After-School STEM Encounters
Enriching, engaging, and hassle-free (school pickup included)! Our after-school STEM program offers captivating hands-on activities, fosters creativity, and encourages critical thinking. It's the perfect solution for families seeking a fun, enriching experience for their child while they work.
At STEM Encounters, we strive to provide the perfect environment for exploration to foster curiosity and a passion for learning.
Each week, a new Encounter is launched, exposing students to fresh material, new information, and innovative tools. From there, the possibilities are limitless - students can read, tinker, contemplate, work together on projects, or ask questions, all in their own unique way. We encourage taking chances and embracing mistakes as valuable experiences that build confidence and industrious habits.
As new Encounters take shape, old ones may find their place in our archives or continue to inspire in different areas of the center. Some students may want to continue on with a particular material or resource. We cherish the items that spark the most interest among our students, keeping our center ever-changing and evolving.
In addition to STEM Encounters, time for socialization, artistic expression, and games is encouraged. We aim to provide a comfortable, friendly space for students to enjoy after school, during day camps, and throughout summer camp.
STEM education extends far beyond being a trendy buzzword. Originally coined in 2001 by Judith Ramaley of the National Science Foundation, STEM integrates science, technology, engineering, and math. Ramaley described how in the acronym science and math serve as bookends for technology and engineering: “Science and math are critical to a basic understanding of the universe, while engineering and technology are means for people to interact with the universe. STEM weaves those elements of human action and understanding into all aspects of education,” Ramaley said. Nearly two decades, STEM is a foundation of education throughout the world.
As we embrace these foundational subjects, we also believe in nurturing the 4C's in STEM: Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration. Although STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, there is much more that contributes to developing successful students than just these core content skills. Beyond core content skills, these traits are vital for developing successful students, equipping them with essential life skills both in and out of the classroom.
1912 East Firetower Road, Unit 101
Greenville, NC 27858