FAQs

Edgecombe ENC STEM Student Application is now open! Apply today!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us at admissions@encstem.org.

        

PROGRAM BASICS

Question: When is the 2019 ENC STEM program?
Answer: GASTON SITE: The in-county program runs from Wednesday, June 19, 2019 through Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Students selected for the third residential week at NCSSM will reside at NCSSM from Sunday, July 7, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019. TARBORO SITE: The in-county program runs from Wednesday, June 12, 2019 through Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Students selected for the third residential week at NCSSM will reside at NCSSM from Sunday, July 7, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019.
 
Question: What time does school start and end each day?
Answer: ENC STEM will run from 8:50 am through 3:20 pm each day for the duration of the program.
 
Question: Will I have transportation to and from school?
Answer: Yes, transportation will be provided for students. Directors will do their best to create a bus route that will pick up students as close to home as possible. However, given funding constraints, students may need to be picked up at bus stops on main roads.
 
Question: Will students need to be available on weekend dates?
Answer: Yes, students will need to travel to Durham on Sunday, July 7, 2019 for a field trip. Students who earn the week at NCSSM will depart from the field trip directly to NCSSM in Durham.
 
Question: Who can apply for ENC STEM?
Answer: GASTON SITE: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who attend Northampton County High School, KIPP Pride High School, Roanoke Rapids High School, Weldon High School, Roanoke Valley Early College, Northwest Halifax High School, and Southeast Halifax High School.
TARBORO SITE: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who attend Edgecombe Early College High School, North Edgecombe High School, Southwest Edgecombe High School, Tarboro High School, West Edgecombe Middle School, South Edgecombe Middle School, Phillips Middle School, Pattillo Middle School and Martin Millennium Academy.
 
Question: How many students will be accepted?
Answer: We will accept approximately 120 students for ENC STEM, including students from both program sites. A maximum of 70 students will be able to attend the NCSSM portion.
 
Question: What is the attendance policy? Can I miss a day?
Answer: This is a competitive, valuable, and free summer opportunity for students. As such, students will only be allowed ONE excused absence. Excused absences include doctor’s appointments or family emergencies. Beyond one excused absence, students will meet with ENC STEM Directors. At this point, students may be unable to attend the week at the North Carolina School of Science and Math or may be dismissed from the program.
 
Question: What kinds of field trips will we go on?
Answer: In previous years, our students have attended field trips in the Triangle Area at places like NC State’s Challenge Course, NC State University’s Campus, and Biogen Idec’s Community Lab.
 
Question: Will I need to bring money on the field trips?
Answer: ENC STEM will provide students with lunch on field trip days. However, ENC STEM will not cover the cost of additional snacks or other outside purchases (e.g. at NC State’s Student Stores).
 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Question: What does the online application ask me to do?
Answer: The application asks students to complete 2 essays, a teacher recommendation, and a resume. Students will also be expected to submit their full high school transcript, complete with GPA and class rank (if available).
 
Question: How long will it take me to fill out the online application?
Answer: The application takes students approximately 2 hours to complete. However, it should be noted that admission into the program is based on the quality of the submitted work. A quality application might take some students an hour, while others might need 2 or more hours. Students can save their work and complete their application in more than one sitting, but we recommend completing the student part of the application all at once.
 
Question: Who should write my teacher recommendation?
Answer: We request that a core content (preferably math or science) teacher write your recommendation. Please select a teacher who can speak to your work ethic, attitude, and academic achievement.
 
Question: What is the deadline for submitting the online application?
Answer: GASTON SITE: Application deadline is April 15, 2019. TARBOR SITE: Application deadline is May 20, 2019.
 
Question: How will I know if my application is complete?
Answer: You’ll know if your application is complete by checking your status in the application portal. Your application will be complete if you have submitted the student portion and your teacher has successfully submitted your teacher recommendation.
 
Question: What if my teacher says they didn’t get an auto-generated email for my recommendation?
Answer: Ask your teacher to search for the auto-generated email in their spam folder. If there is still no email, reach out to Mr. Cooper at grayson@encstem.org.
 
Question: Who will be reviewing the applications?
Answer: ENC STEM leadership team members will be reviewing all applications and selecting the most qualified applicants for the summer program.
 
 
Question: If I have questions about using the application portal, who do I contact?
Answer: If you have questions, please reach out to us at admissions@encstem.org.
 

IN-COUNTY EXPERIENCE

Question: What does a day of school look like during the first two weeks of the program?
Answer: Students will take four classes for the duration of the two weeks. The four courses will be in science, technology, math, and leadership. Students will end the day with a fifth course, which focuses on fun teambuilding challenges.
 
Question: Can I choose my courses?
Answer: Courses will be assigned to students based on their prior coursework. For example, students will be assigned to the math and science courses they will be taking in the upcoming school year, so rising 11th grade students who have completed earth science and biology will be assigned to chemistry (since that is what they are scheduled to take the following fall). In addition, there will be two distinct Technology courses (Tech I and Tech II) and two distinct Leadership courses (Leadership I and Leadership II).
 
Question: Will we have homework?
Answer: Since ENC STEM is a summer enrichment program, students will NOT be assigned daily homework assignments. Students are expected to fully engage in course material during class times and to make the most of the experience.
 
Question: What is Community Night?
Answer: Every year, ENC STEM has hosted successful Community Nights where students presented STEM and Leadership projects to family and friends.
 
Question: When is Community Night?
Answer: GASTON SITE: Community night is Thursday July 27th. TARBORO SITE: Community night is Thursday July 20th.
 
Question: Why should I pick ENC STEM over other similar summer programs?
Answer: While there are other programs with similar missions in North Carolina, ENC STEM is a unique opportunity reserved for students in Northampton, Halifax and Edgecombe Counties. In addition, this program blends in-county learning with a residential learning at NCSSM to give students two distinct experiences that will better prepare them for the upcoming school year and for college.
 

RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE AT NCSSM

Question: How many students will be chosen to attend the residential experience at the NC School of Science and Math in Durham?
Answer: Given limited space at NCSSM, we will be able to take up to 70 students from the Gaston and Edgecombe sites with us to the ENC STEM Academy in Durham.
 
Question: How will students be selected for the sleepaway portion at NCSSM?
Answer: The 70 students will be selected based on attendance and their demonstration of our core character traits: professionalism, urgency, perseverance, curiosity, and collaboration. All ENC STEM students will be evaluated by their instructors and by ENC STEM directors.
 
Question: If selected, how will I get to the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham?
Answer: All students will be provided transportation to and from the North Carolina School of Science and Math by bus.
 
Question: Can I drive my own car to NCSSM?
Answer: No, students will need to ride the bus to NCSSM. There is no need to have a car on campus since students will not be allowed off-campus without ENC STEM supervision.
 
Question: Where will be we staying?
Answer: All ENC STEM students will be housed in dorm rooms at NCSSM. Students will be assigned roommates and will be supervised by ENC STEM staff for the duration of the residential program.
 
Question: If I have family or friends in the Triangle area, can I stay with them while at NCSSM?
Answer: No, students will not be able to stay with family or friends in the Triangle area. Students will remain on campus supervised by ENC STEM staff for the duration of the week and will leave campus only for pre-approved field trips.
 
Question: If I have family or friends in the Triangle area, can I visit them off-campus for the week we are at NCSSM? Can they pick me up and drop me off?
Answer: No, students will not be able to visit with family or friends off-campus during your week at NCSSM. Students will remain on campus supervised by ENC STEM staff for the duration of the week and will leave campus only for pre-approved field trips.
 
Question: Will I be provided meals at NCSSM?
Answer: Yes, students will be provided three meals per day at NCSSM. However, additional snacks will not be provided so students are encouraged to bring these with them.
 
Question: Will I have a curfew?
Answer: Yes, all students will have a curfew for bed. All students will need to be checked into their halls and their dorm rooms at times TBD.
 
Question: What will I do outside of class time?
Answer: ENC STEM students are encouraged to explore the NCSSM campus and resources outside of structured class times. Other summer programs will be running at the same time so there will be additional high school students on campus to interact with. Take advantage of this college-like structure and practice managing your own time! Students will also be expected to complete a unique science and engineering project with a small group during their time at NCSSM. Therefore, students are expected to manage their time wisely and complete this project before their assigned deadline at the end of the week.