E.A.S.E. (Effective Authentic Science Event)

E.A.S.E. (Effective Authentic Science Event)

EASE (Effective Authentic Science Event)

Would you like to host hundreds of prospective students on your college campus for a fun day of science and mystery? Share the science and mystery with your community!

What is E.A.S.E.?
E.A.S.E. is a one-day outreach program designed to expose middle school students to nontraditional STEM careers and to feature your community college as a great first choice for STEM education. Students will visit your campus, interact with your faculty/staff, and use engaging hands-on STEM activities to solve a mystery.

What’s involved?
You provide the space and volunteers; BioNetwork will provide the curriculum, training, supplies, and equipment. BioNetwork makes it easy to showcase your college programs and facilities as well as to grow a vibrant STEM pipeline.

Why Middle School?
The life science industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in NC, yet most students are unaware of the diversity of career opportunities available. Middle school is a critical age for career exploration and is identified by researchers as the time when students begin to lose interest in math and science. By reaching these students early there is an increased chance we can beat the decline in STEM interest, introduce future students to the Career & College Promise program, and make them aware of the diversity of educational opportunities available locally.

Forensic Science

A woman goes missing during filming of a paranormal reality TV show. Is her disappearance the result of otherworldly forces, or is it foul play? A private investigator is on the scene, searching for clues, motives, and evidence.


A chef’s dreams are ruined when a sudden outbreak occurs onboard a cruise ship. What, or who is the source of the illness? Students hone their critical-thinking skills and analyze samples through hands-on activities to solve the mystery.

The BioNetwork has helped bring the STEM career fields to life within our classes. By choosing popular culture topics, such as crime scene investigation, the EASE program has created a college and career pipeline within the middle school classroom. The students are engaged in authentic assessment while using 21st century skills, collaboration, and higher order thinking strategies to solve real world scenarios. What a fantastic opportunity to expose our students to potential careers they may hold in their very near future.

Ashley Faulkenberry, Principal, Craven County Schools

STEM Outreach

STEM Outreach

STEM Outreach

Our outreach programs include classroom visits, faculty training workshops, and career fairs that help connect bioscience industry skills with K12 and community college STEM education. Contact us for more information.

Courtney Behrle, Senior Director of STEM Outreach