News & Media

Welcome to the Inner Banks STEM Center news room! As you’ll notice, some of the articles below are about the Beaufort County Police Activities League or BCPAL. This is the former name of the Inner Banks STEM Center. You’ll find many of the same names and faces involved with the program today.






by: Ariana Kraft

Posted: Jan 26, 2021 / 04:07 PM EST / Updated: Jan 26, 2021 / 06:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Inner Banks STEM Center is partnering with some Beaufort County schools so its drone program can reach more students.

Since the pilot program began in the summer, the STEM center has refined some aspects. Now, the program is using a new software application so organizers can monitor students’ progress and the efficacy of the lessons.

The program is also incorporating life skills and lessons on diversity.

“Learning to get along with folks that don’t always look like them or think like them or share the same values systems is important,” said Al Powell, IBX STEM Center president. “You can disagree without liking someone.”

“Trying to keep the kids motivated has been very difficult because they’ve not had that consistency in school,” said Alida Sawyer of Cornerstone Family Worship Center. “We needed some umph, I guess. We needed that STEM concept.”

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WNCT Announces Duke Energy Grant

The Inner Banks STEM Center is working to help students through the pandemic with things like its drone program. Leaders with the STEM center are excited about a grant coming from Duke Energy to help keep their efforts going.

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IBX Stem Center offers Summer Drone Program

Amazing things are happening at the IBX Stem center, even with the COVID-19 precautions. Check out the latest story about our Summer Drone Program!

BC PAL Offers Summer Science and Technology Camp

By the Beaufort County Police Activities League | Washington Daily News The Beaufort County Police Activities League (BC PAL) will offer a four-week day camp focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The camp will begin on June 13. The day camp will be held weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at […]

Controlled demolition to remove VOA towers

Vail Stewart Rumley | Washington Daily News Demolition of the radio towers at the Voice of America transmitter station on Cherry Run Road in Washington started this week, according to Beaufort County Emergency Management. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has enlisted the services of an international company Controlled Demolition to take down towers and structures at […]

‘Coastie’ to Make Appearance at Celebrity Basketball Game

By Beaufort County Police Activities League | Washington Daily News The Beaufort County Police Activities League (BCPAL) welcomes back the famous Harlem Ambassadors for a comedic basketball competition with first responders on March 19. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Southside High School gym. Fans are invited to come out early […]

STEM Go Karts On The Go

Vail Stewart Rumley | Washington Daily News VRRROOOM: Children from the Beaufort County Boys & Girls Club in Washington got the opportunity to drive go-karts during an afterschool outing. Washington police blocked off Manuel and Pontiac drives in Washington, with Lt. William Chrismon giving the go-kart motorcade a police escort around the block. The event […]

Giving Tradition

What’s come to be a Washington tradition of giving has expanded to reach more children during the holiday season.


The program exposed area students to aviation and other aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

Police Activities League Forges Visionary Outreach Programs

Al Powell | Washington Daily News The Beaufort County Police Activities League (BC PAL) was formed in June 2012 with two specific objectives in mind: (1) demonstrate to youth the importance of a STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math), staying healthy and out of trouble by exposing them to aviation and boating projects, and […]

BCPAL Sponsors High School Students in ACE Aviation Program

As part of a first-time collaboration, the Beaufort County Police Activities League (BC PAL) will pay for 10 Beaufort County high-school students to attend a one-week aviation “ACE” Academy conducted by Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Elizabeth City.

PAL initiates safety plan

Jonathan Rowe | Washington Daily News   As part of a proactive “safe-community, safe–youth” program by the Beaufort County Police Activities League, PAL President Al Powell met with the Mid-East Housing Authority Board of Commissioners on Thursday and gave a presentation providing a real-world explanation as to why a facility should prepare an all-hazards emergency response […]

Harmony Through Hoops

Harlem Ambassadors tour coming to Washington David Cucchiara | Washington Daily News Washington is getting a taste of Harlem-style basketball on March 17 when the always-fashionable Harlem Ambassadors come to town and take on a collection of local first responders. The showcase marks the first time in the history of Beaufort County where first responders […]