STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Those in STEM fields
use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, or math to understand how to solve
The Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio program was founded by eager tribal members who have a passion for teaching our youth about STEM. Our mission is to instill hope and inspiration that will unlock the minds of our tribal youth giving them the tools for success. We hope to gain tribal youth’s interest in the STEM fields and show how fun it can be, resulting in successfully providing a STEM experience to Waccamaw Siouan Youth.
The program founders and volunteer instructors are very passionate about their field and hope to spread the passion to our youth. In addition to that, we hope to improve the American Indian representation in STEM fields by providing this career path as an option for our youth.
Over the next two years we are working towards three main goals.
Before COVID we had planned to provide in person programs for our youth to educate them and their parents about STEM, and to connect them to learning resources. Since then we have pivoted to completely virtual learning until the pandemic is over. Some of the accomplishments and impact we've had for this year are listed below:
"How one rural tribe came together to empower and educate tribal youth" - Yahoo News, Nov 11, 2021
"How the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe is Empowering Tribal Youth Through STEM Education" - Giving Compass, Nov 12, 2021
UNC-Pembroke Community Events Announcement about STEM Studio Career Talks - UNCP
Waccamaw STEM Studio Plans Busy 2022 - Columbus County News, Jan 11, 2022
Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Presentation by Ashley Lomboy - WHQR Pbulic Media, Feb 1, 2022
Take 5 with Ashley Lomboy - WILMA, Feb 15, 2022
STEM Studio, proud partner of Dani & Shay - Dani & Shay, 2021
Corning contribution funds Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio - NR Columbus, Sept 24, 2020
"Time is too precious" - Columbus County News, Nov 26, 2021
Corning Incorporated Tweets about #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth - Twitter, Nov 17, 2020
Waccamaw Siouan youth learn about STEM - NR Columbus, Aug 14, 2021
Ashley Lomboy, Global Information Security Manager at Corning Incorporated - Cape Fear Museum's YouTube channel, Apr 22, 2021
Museum Creates Outreach Project to Inspire Young Women to Pursue STEM Careers - New Hanover County Gov, Apr 28, 2021
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Week - Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, May 3, 2021
Ashley Lomboy joins the Rockwell Museum Board of Trustees, 2021
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This program is funded by grants and personal donations, with support from Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Members who want to give back to their community.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and continue purchasing and providing materials for our youth to continue learning about STEM.
Your generous donation will fund our mission and is much appreciated!
For more information about the program please use the contact form provided. You may also reach out directly via email to Ashley Lomboy, Program Director (Volunteer), at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coty Sutherland, at email@example.com with any questions.
If you're a parent of an enrolled member, please join the conversation in our group on Facebook to learn more about our exciting future!