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NC State Juntos Partners with NC A&T for STEM Day

High school students from around the state got to meet faculty, tour a new engineering lab and fly drones through an obstacle course.

A large group of people stands in a lobby around the NC A&T logo on the floor

In April, 56 high school students and parents from Bladen, Catawba, Wake and Sampson counties traveled to Greensboro, N.C. for 4-H STEM Day, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University in partnership with the NC State Juntos program.

A presenter stands in front of a group of people seated at tables, in front of a projector screen
Participants met and listened to lectures by NC A&T faculty

During the event, participants learned about potential majors and careers in the STEM field, met NC A&T faculty and toured the university’s new Center Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing Lab. Students also engaged in a drone coding workshop, where they learned how to operate and code drones and navigated them through an obstacle course.

A volunteer helps a student program their drone
Dr. Misty Blue-Terry helps a student program their drone

Misty Blue-Terry, 4-H STEM specialist at NC A&T, coordinated the activities for the day and trained five NC State Juntos student workers on drone use prior to the event.

A drone flies through a yellow mounted ring in a hallway
Participants flew drones through an obstacle course in the hallway

“Coding is such an increasingly important skill to the workforce,” Terry said. “Drones and robotics are both fun ways to get youth into coding. It is my hope that the youth in attendance were able to see themselves as coders and drone pilots for the day. I hope that the parents were able to see the potential in their youth as scientists and engineers as well as be inspired to continue to support them through their higher education experience.”

A man points to objects during a tour
Students toured NC A&T’s new engineering laboratory

The partnership between NC State Juntos and NC A&T came together through the submission of a USDA CYFAR grant in 2018 with a focus on increasing exposure and participation in STEM activities and careers for Juntos students and families.