Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities

Grade Level(s): Rising 9th - 12th graders

Date(s): June 15-19th, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and July 6-10th (High School Students) + 8 Saturdays During the School Year

Location: NC State University, Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC

Cost: $50

Description: This program is for High School Students with disabilities who are in the Occupational Course of Study Program or Regular Education Setting in High School, including Honors and AP Classes (not self-contained or needing a One on One Assistant), but prefer small group individualized instruction with hands on science experiences to learn about STEM.

Because this program receives funding from the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, participants and their parents must print out, complete, and attach the packet below to the application to be considered for this program. Being a part of this program will allow students to receive payment for internships they participate in.


Participants will learn about STEM content, skills, and careers. They will also find out about STEM programs at Wake Tech and NCSU. Areas of focus include: Biotechnology, Coding, App Design, Wearable Devices, Energy, Engineering, Art, Natural Sciences, Agriculture, Forestry, Space, Soft Skills, and many other topics. Students will daily go on a Field Trips including to: research labs, North Carolina Natural Science Museum, industry and field sites.

Learn more about Catalyst from the Links below:

Energizing opportunities for students with disabilities in STEM

Learners, Leaders

Education Matters with Joann and Governor Cooper

Nice Video About Catalyst

Catalyst InvenTeam brings high-level STEM to students with disabilities

Contact(s): Joann Blumenfeld at:, 919-633-3120

Application Deadline: May 16, 2020