Road Tripping for STEM

Twelve Goodnight Scholars. Two vans. One goal: Advocate for STEM education in North Carolina.

Conceptualized by Goodnight Scholar Kaleb Morrow ’18 and supported by a team of 11 scholars passionate about spreading STEM education throughout North Carolina, the 1st annual Alternative Service Break: North Carolina trip took Goodnight Scholars on a unique tour from the Appalachians to the coastline in an effort to bring quality STEM education workshops to rural K-12 schools.

During the day, scholars facilitated STEM workshops focused on fundamental science and engineering concepts at an assortment of middle schools including Sandy Grove, Chase, and Pamlico. Naturally, these workshops weren’t your standard classroom fare. After all, what’s cooler: lecturing about turning chemical energy into electrical energy or showing it by building a voltaic battery using lemons? In between school visits, scholars spent their evenings learning about North Carolina’s rich history, natural beauty, and diverse populations by visiting the likes of the Levine Museum and Chimney Rock Park.

Relive Team North Carolina’s trek throughout our great state via our Flickr album.

Photography Credit: Nicole Ditillo/Goodnight Scholars Program