STEM Prep is an academic enrichment program for under-represented minority (URM) high school 11th and 12th graders interested in getting a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Supported by generous funding from the National Science Foundation, this 8-week after-school program is held on Central Piedmont's Central Campus.

As a participant, you will enroll in non-credit, college-level courses that provide you with project-based experiences in mathematics and your choice of science, technology or engineering. When you finish STEM Prep (video), you will:

  • gain increased familiarity with current practices in STEM fields
  • illustrate preparedness for a successful transition into STEM studies at the college level
  • participate in a coordinated exploration of careers in your targeted STEM focus area

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STEM Prep Eligibility

  • Underrepresented minority as defined by the LSAMP program (African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders)
  • U.S. citizen
  • Interested in pursuing a STEM-based career pathway
  • If currently enrolled as a Central Piedmont student, must be in good academic standing as defined by Central Piedmont's Standards of Academic Progress (term GPA at or above 2.0)

STEM Prep Course Descriptions

  • Science

    Get introduced to biological concepts relevant to molecular biology. You will then use this knowledge, as well as the scientific method and critical thinking skills, to design an experiment where you will analyze a segment of your own DNA.

  • Technology

    Goal: get introduced to basic fundamentals of computer science and application development. Develop small applications using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Once you finish this course, you will have an understanding of basic programming design, debugging, sequence, selection, and repetition.

  • Engineering

    Learn how to design, build, and analyze projects using 21st century engineering strategies and technologies. Project experiences will include the use of tools such as, but not limited to, 3-D printers and CAD software.

  • Mathematics

    Participate in collaborative projects that relate to real-life applications of math concepts. In addition to participating in hands-on activities, you will be provided with a personalized math enrichment plan aimed at filling gaps in your mathematics foundation and positioning you for success in your future mathematics studies.