Empower Your STEM Journey

Inclusive Education for Brighter Futures

Join Inner Banks STEM Center (IBX STEM) in shaping the innovators of tomorrow. We offer a nurturing space for students from diverse backgrounds to thrive in understanding STEM concepts. Our programs focus on hands-on learning and life skills, prioritizing support for at-risk youth while welcoming all aspiring minds. With over 1,300 students served, we turn potential into progress.

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Our Goal is to Help Our Youth
Our Story

Building the Confidence and Clarity to Pursue a Life of Purpose and Success.

Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

Aerospace, drones, robotics, cybersecurity, boating, marine ecology, renewable energy, Artificial Intelligence

Exposure to STEM Professionals and Workforce Development

Guest instructors, community events, summer camps, afterschool programs, career fairs, Saturday Academies


Self-confidence, problem solving, conflict resolution, group dynamics, work ethic, diversity, peer pressure, the value of education

Health and Physical Fitness

Diet, nutrition, swimming lessons

The Inner Banks STEM Center TM (IBX STEM) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit located in rural eastern NC. IBX STEM was formed in June 2012 but was originally called the Beaufort County Police Activities League. In August 2018, our name was changed to reflect our expanding role in establishing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) “youth workforce development pipeline” to get at-risk 5th-7th grade students interested in STEM careers including the aerospace industry.

Our Mission & Goals

A hands-on approach to STEM

IBX-STEM uses aviation, drones, renewable energy sources, and boating as the intellectual bait to get students interested in STEM career paths.

We expose students to a life-skills workshop to help them make smart decisions about all aspects of their life such as choosing friends, body language, diversity in the workplace, internet threats, and bullying.

We provide a healthy living block of instruction, as some careers require physical fitness for duty/entry examinations.


Our Programs

The Officer Team

Meet Our Officers

Alvin Powell
James Madson
Patty Gardner
Gary Robitaille
Our Primary Goal

To Prepare Youth for
21st Century STEM Careers

Join Our Mission as we create a sustainable and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) science enrichment program with a focus on reaching at-risk under-represented 5th-9th grade students to help prepare them for 21st century STEM Careers.

Our Upcoming STEM Exploration Event

2024 Dinner Dance

The annual fundraising dinner-dance is our major fundraising event. The highlight of the event is when seven youths who have recently attended one of our summer STEM or drone camps speak to the audience about their experiences in our STEM camps. The event will also feature a silent auction and 50/50 raffle ticket opportunities. Music will be provided by Ruffin Keys, jr, and the Train Wreck Band. Members of both group will play together to “rock the house’ with great music and singing. Each year we receive request for this music combination to perform at our event.

To Our Partners

Thank You For Your Support


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