STEM Programs

STEM Programs

Click on the program to learn more and access available content.

2023 Accomplishments

2022 Accomplishments

  • Hosted four STEM Virtual Career Talks, highlighting tribal youth and Waccamaw Siouans in STEM careers.

  • 16 tribal youth participated in the Virtual Wigwam STEM Competition, resulting in 16 replica wigwams completed, 1K in scholarships awarded and exhibit locations that include Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and Town Creek Indian Mound.

  • 300+ Participants in Community Yacunne (fish) Camp (2022)

  • 75 Tribal Youth and families participating in MarineQuest Day and UNCW Tour

  • Continued to produce oral history stories through Star Preservation Project

  • Held a "Kickoff to Summer Party" with the tribal community

  • Held a "Connecting" event in the Green Swamp to reintroduce the community to cultural significant lands and archeology with The Nature Conservancy

  • Received the CCRG Grant: "Reinforcing Resilience: Gleaning Knowledge from the Land and Water of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe“ and conducted 103 Soil Samples with 50 youth, community members and partners.

  • Hosted 4 part Native Financial Literacy Course called "Wampum Talks".

  • Hosted Waccamaw Siouan STEM Day with 10 partners, 50 youth participants and $4K in STEM Kits and educational material provided.

  • Began a Language Revitalization Project and held a Canoe Song Writing Workshop in partnership with the Museum of the Southeast American Indian Museum

  • Provided trainings and workshop in "How to build grassroots programming in Tribal Communities" and "Right relationship training with tribal communities". See our resources page to learn more.

2021 Accomplishments

  • 160 Participants in Community Yacunne (fish) Camp (2021), a partnership with NC Wildlife Resources Commission

  • 35 students participated in STEM Day, and 9 different organizations provided STEM courses.

  • Provided over 90 STEM kits to STEM Day participants

  • In Partnership with NC School of Science and Mathematics, we held a week of NCSSM to provide education to tribal members. Including a Town Hall Meeting with tribal youth.

  • Launched The Star Preservation Project to record and share tribal oral and written history. Follow Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio on YouTube.

  • Supported the NC Museum of Science during a STEM Event and Career Talks

2020 Accomplishments

  • 88 STEM Kits sent to Waccamaw Siouan Youth, who shared experiences through email and social media.

  • Sharing of Waccamaw Siouan STEM Professionals stories to the parents and youth.

  • One graduate of the Girls who Code Summer Program

  • Increased access to UNCW Marine Biology Summer Program, where our tribal youth previous did not qualify.

  • In-kind partnership commitments from Cape Fear Museum, NC Museum of Natural History, UNC American Indian Center and UNCW Diversity & Inclusion Office