Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM for Students with Disabilities

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

Date(s): June 17-21st, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and June 24-28th (High School Students) + 8 Saturdays During the School Year

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

Cost: $50 (However, this program is dependent upon grants and will not occur without funding)

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.

The Students in the Catalyst InvenTeam were 2016-2017 Lemelson MIT Winners, one of the top 15 Teams in USA and also winners of the MIT Technical Award! The students invented a Mat the Screens for Lameness in Cows. They continue to work on this project and were invited to the US Patent Office in DC in June 2018. Showing that with supports and experiences students with disabilities can be successful learners, inventors and leaders in STEM!

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.

Media Coverage and Articles about Catalyst can be found here:

Learners, Leaders

Inventing Engages Students With Special Needs in STEM

Catalyst: Creating opportunities in STEM for students with disabilities


Program sponsors:

Contact(s): Joann Blumenfeld at:

Application Deadline: May 18, 2019