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A night at the museum with STEM

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Feeling like you want to channel your inner STEM? Or get a look into the local business community’s newest technology, science innovations, and engineering advancements? 

There is a chance to do both at the Cape Fear Museum’s upcoming Experience STEM-ILM 2.0 event. Taking place March 24, the event (for those who are eighteen and older) offers participants the chance to explore what the future might look like, see innovation in action, and network with tech executives. 

It’s also very much a social outing. 

There’s live music planned along with food, drinks, and a silent auction. 

The event showcases interactive stations set up by representatives from the local tech community. This year, eight booths are planned to allow attendees to be a scientist for a night or get insight into future technology. 

For example, nCino will demonstrate how AI has permeated the fintech industry, and UNCW will have computer science students demonstrating blockchain and cryptocurrency technology. Other tech community members such as PS Solutions will showcase kids coding programs, and Lapetus will explain the latest trends in robotic solutions. 

“We are excited to offer a new experience this year,” says BARBI BAKER, marketing specialist at the museum. Local artist NUGGET will be on hand to create three STEM-inspired art pieces with spray paint. Each piece will stand alone, but all three will be auctioned off together. 

“I am truly honored and excited to be featured at the fundraising event,” says Nugget, an arts category finalist in last year’s WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards. “Showcasing art and creating opportunities for science and art to come together is something I am truly humbled by.” 

Event proceeds will go back to the museum. 

“Sponsorship dollars raised are a continued investment in STEM education,” Baker says. “We use these dollars to offer STEM programming and workshops to kids of all ages and backgrounds in topics such as space science, robotics, math madness, and more.” 

Last year’s event was canceled because of the pandemic. This year, adaptations are being made with the event being held outside in the museum’s adjacent park. 

“We will have several tents, a stage for the band, and space for attendees to spread out,” Baker says. “We feel this will provide a comfortability level for our guests to be able to enjoy food and drink while in an outdoor, well-ventilated setting.”

Experience STEM-ILM 2.0

March 24, 5:30-8pm
Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.
Tickets (adults): $20 for museum members, $25 for nonmembers in advance

Photo c/o Cape Fear Museum

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