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Bright Spots: STEM East

The STEM East network is a collaboration across 12 counties in eastern North Carolina. The network works to make sure students have opportunities to engage in STEM learning that connects to career opportunities and needs. After-school and summer programs, local museums, area businesses, and others all partner together to deliver services.

Check out the video above and then read the brief.

NOTE: Sam Houston, who is interviewed by Anita Brown-Graham in this video, sits on EducationNC’s board of directors.

These bright spots were identified in collaboration with the myFutureNC Commission. The myFutureNC Commission is focused on educational attainment statewide. They are in the process of developing statewide and localized attainment goals.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.