The Wake NC State Early College High School is located on the campus of NC State University. These students earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit in a rigorous, five-year curriculum that focuses on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This curriculum emphasizes the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century as proposed by the National Academy of Engineering.
Through this highly supportive and academically challenging environment, students are challenged to think critically and solve problems through the lens of a scientist. The nature of this small-school environment allows for a strong collaborative process between the students and their instructors. Students engage in a hands-on, project based education to enhance creativity and insight, and the use of technology in learning is widely supported.
Through this curriculum, students become part of the university community and have access to resources such as face-to-face mentoring, advising, teaching and counseling. Upon completion of the curriculum, students should graduate prepared to explore careers in STEM-related fields.
Quote from former Chancellor James H. Woodward:
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics have never been more important than they are in the 21 st century. Acquiring the skills leading to a career in the sciences can guide students on many different paths to solving the world’s problems – to finding a cure for cancer or creating the technology that will help keep our air safe to breathe and our water safe to drink. The journey starts here.”
For more information, please visit the high school’s site: http://stemec.wcpss.net/.