COA Community STEM Outreach virtual event, “Snowball Catapult”, coming Jan. 14

College of The Albemarle, in partnership with the NC BioNetwork, has launched a Community STEM Outreach program for school-age children in the college’s seven-county service area.

The program is a joint endeavor between COA’s Mathematics & Engineering department and Natural Sciences department, designed to engage children and young adults in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects such as Community Science Night and virtual STEM nights.

The first virtual STEM event for 2021, “Snowball Catapult,” will be held Thursday, January 14, at 5:30 p.m. Visit for more information on this event and to pre-register for a free science kit. Pre-registration for this event ends on January 1, 2021, and the science kits may be picked up at any of COA’s four campus locations during the week of the event. A recording of the event will be made available on the website for those unable to join live.

A bonus activity, “Grinch Climber,” has been pre-recorded and is located on the STEM webpage at, along with the list of materials needed for the project.

Districts or groups interested in partnering with COA to host a STEM event on their campus or at a COA campus should contact Lisa Meads at for more information.