STEM+Computing Initiative

Computational Thinking and Science

The Game2Learn Lab is partnering with the research and teaching community to create greater exposure and opportunities for students in the Carolinas to explore Computer Science.

Check out our curriculum showcase and supported programming tools.

Why CS?

Computer Science opens more doors for students than any other discipline in today's world. Learning even the basics will help students in virtually any career - from architecture to zoology. Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog or how electricity works, it's important for every 21st century student to have a chanceto design an app or an algorithm or learn how the Internet works.

Parent and Student demand

A 2015 Gallup poll found that 9 out of 10 parents in NC want schools to teach computer science - so our children grow up not just using technology but learning how to create it. In fact, among low-income families, the majority of parents and teachers believe the computer science should be required for students to learn! A survey of high school students shows that computer science ranks among students' favorite subjects, behind only graphic design and performing arts.

Career opportunities

In North Carolina, there are currently over 17,000 open computing jobs, but only:

  • 18% of schools in NC teach AP Computer Science
  • 1,425 students in NC took the AP exam last year
  • 1,200 students graduated with a computer science degree in NC last year

Summer PD opportunities



If you are interested in participating apply online here: http://bit.ly/ncsuSTEMC or email our site coordinator, Veronica Catete, (vmcatete@ncsu.edu) for more information.