STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

According to the NC STEM Center: These days, almost every job – even those you least expect – require some skill in a STEM discipline. But many students graduate today without those skills. That’s not just bad for students; it’s bad for many North Carolina communities that lack the well-trained workforce needed to attract good jobs.

Here are some activities we have supported to help engage young minds and help in preparation for college, career and life. 

Discover STEM Camp

Girl Power was in action at the Discover Stem Camp at Bruce Drysdale Elementary in late June. A group of 4th and 5th grade girls from across the county participated in a fun-filled week being introduced to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers. With a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation Powerful Community’s program, The Henderson County Education Foundation (HCEF) in collaboration with the district’s Academically and Intellectually Gifted department created the camp. Read more…

Muddy Sneakers

With Bo Caldwell, Superintendent of Henderson County Public Schools, as a major advocate for the program, financial backing from the Henderson County Education Foundation, and a generous donation of $15,000 from Chuck and Jean McGrady, Muddy Sneakers was made available this school year  (2018- 2019) to Atkinson, Clear Creek, Edneyville, Hendersonville Elementary, Sugarloaf, and Upward Elementary Schools. Read more…


Funding from Duke Energy allowed for Robotics Clubs to launch at Clear Creek & Hillandale Elementary Schools and helped expand the club at Hendersonville Elementary.