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COA Launches Community STEM Outreach Program

College of The Albemarle (COA), in partnership with the NC Bionetwork, recently launched a Community STEM Outreach program for school-aged children in the college’s seven-county service area. The program is a joint endeavor between COA’s Mathematics and Engineering department and Natural Sciences department, designed to engage children and young adults in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects such as Community Science Night and Virtual STEM Nights.

COA faculty members will host a Virtual STEM Night on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. While the virtual STEM nights are geared toward elementary school-age children, the events will be fun for the whole family. Lisa Meads, coordinator of the Community STEM Outreach project at COA, shared, “These events use interactive activities to engage children and young adults in STEM related topics while planting the seed in STEM education and careers.”

Districts or groups interested in partnering with COA to host a STEM event on their campus or at a COA campus should contact Lisa Meads at