The mission of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) is to increase the pool of North Carolina high school graduates prepared to pursue careers requiring mathematics and science.
The WSSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program recruits students from grades (6-12) to focus on mathematics and science careers and targets students who have not been prepared to pursue high-level mathematics and science-based courses. The WSSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is the largest pre-college program at Winston-Salem State University.
The components of the WSSU Pre-College Program include a Saturday Academy, the Summer Enrichment Program, tutoring, mathematics and science competitions, field trips, Parent Involvement for Excellence (PIE) Clubs, leadership development, guest speakers in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering, and a recognition and awards banquet.
NC-MSEN Day is a rotating STEM competition event between participating UNC system universities (Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina State University, & University of North Carolina at Charlotte) that is held in March or early April.
Eighty scholars from all four institutions compete in events ranging from academic competitions in mathematics (Common Core Math 6, 7, 8, I, II, III, pre-calculus), and science (6th, 7th, and 8th, earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics). In addition, scholars compete in various hands-on events such as engineering & design, water bottle rockets, mousetrap car, parachute egg drop, oratorical contest, and a quiz bowl competition.
There has been no NC-MSEN Day Competition held since 2019 and Covid-19 prohibited the sites from
having competitions during that same period. The good news is that the NC-MSEN Day Competition is back!