Tech Giants Reunite at Cape Fear Museum for Experience STEM-ILM 2.0

Posted March 10, 2022 at 10:01 am     Category: MuseumNews

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum is inviting the community to Experience STEM-ILM 2.0 presented by nCino, an evening to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math on Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Sip on craft cocktails, snack on heavy hors d’oeuvres and listen to live music while seeing innovation in action. Experiences at the event include:

  • Hackathon cocktail mix drink machine from nCino
  • Interactive spray paint experience from Art by Nugget
  • Silent auction to purchase STEM-inspired Art by Nugget pieces
  • Live auction of Art by Nugget NFT (non-fungible token)
  • Software coding from PS Solutions
  • Solar Panel Demo from Cape Fear Solar Systems
  • Competition robot from Wired Wizards
  • Facial recognition technology from Lapetus Solutions
  • Cotton Candy Fiber Optics from Corning
  • Liquid nitrogen demonstration from Cape Fear Museum
  • And more!

Pine Valley Market will be catering with fun, STEM-themed hors d’oeuvres and a signature Tech Tonic cocktail. Live entertainment will be provided by local band Brand New Colors. This is an 18 and over adult event, advance tickets are $20 for Museum Members and $25 for Non-Members and may be purchased online at Tickets are $30 on the day of the event.

Weather permitting, this year’s event will be held in the Museum’s adjacent park. There will be plenty of space for attendees to spread out and enjoy food and drink in a comfortable outdoor setting. A rain plan would move the event inside to the Museum’s auditorium and gallery spaces.

“As a member of the Wilmington community, inspiring the next generation of leaders through technology and education is incredibly important to nCino. That’s why we’re proud to be a presenting sponsor of this local STEM initiative,” said Sara Izad, Software Architect at nCino and Cape Fear Museum Associates board member. “This event is a great way for the community to come together to raise money for STEM activities, become scientists for a night and have fun!”

Event proceeds will bring educational and inspirational STEM programming to more students and families throughout the Lower Cape Fear Region. Recognizing that 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills, Museum education programs are designed to spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning, increase familiarity with scientific settings and promote ease of family science discussions. Special thanks to nCino, our presenting sponsor, and all of our generous sponsors for their commitment to broaden access to STEM education in our community with a special emphasis on under-resourced students.

Museum fundraising efforts are governed by Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. (CFMA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3). CFMA’s purpose is to solicit and receive contributions and donations for the Museum. CFMA ensures the success of the Museum through fundraising, grant writing, programs, membership and promoting the Museum’s mission throughout the community.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located at 814 Market Street and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Standard admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. Cape Fear Museum is also a proud partner of Museums for All and offers free admission to SNAP benefit recipients when they present an EBT card. 

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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