STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields.

The 2018 STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities will be at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 16. Registration is required.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Caroline Solomon, professor of Biology at Gallaudet University and currently the University Faculty Chair, will serve as the keynote presenter. With a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, a M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Maryland, her interactive approach to teaching has earned Solomon many accolades and awards, including being named one of National Public Radio’s 50 Great Teachers in 2015. Her past research projects include the ASL-STEM forum that provides ASL signs for science lexicon. She serves on masters and doctoral committees for research to increase participation of deaf and hard of hearing people in STEM and estuarine science. Dr. Solomon, who is deaf, will share her inspiring story of successfully navigating an academic and professional path to Gallaudet University.

Opportunity Fair: To provide additional resources for students to learn about STEM careers and engage with successful STEM professionals, the 2018 Showcase will include an Opportunity Fair where representatives from a variety of local businesses and organizations will host career booths, interact with the students, share professional insights and experiences, and discuss specific possibilities within their organizations.

Following the keynote and panel discussion, students are encouraged to attend this year’s opportunity fair which will have representatives from colleges, universities and industry focused on STEM careers.

Registration will open in August.

Interested in past events? Watch the archived recordings here.

How do I find out more? Follow us on Twitter @STEMshowcase to stay informed. Questions? Contact Kari Wouk at or 919.707.9879. Sponsorship opportunities available! Please contact Lisa Molina at or 919.707.9964.

Opportunity Fair Exhibits:

NC GreenPower Solar Schools
NC GreenPower
We will be handing out eco-friendly promo items such as recycled newspaper pens, cups, magnets etc. Also at the table, we will have information, maps and pictures of our Solar Schools program and a small solar demonstration.

Wake County 4-H STEM
Wake County 4-H Youth Development
From Animal Science and Aerospace to Geographic Information Systems and Electricity, Wake County 4-H has your number. Come on over and enjoy some minds-on activities and explore your future.

If you are an agency or business interested in participating as part of the Opportunity Fair, please contact Kari Wouk at or 919.707.9879.



  • Fee: Free
  • Requirements: For 6th-12th grade students with any disability (performing near or at grade level). Pre-registration is required, but the event is free.
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October 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


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Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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