KAST North Carolina


After hearing about KAST from a Virginia friend, Sophia Luo became very interested in starting a KAST region in North Carolina. She loved and appreciated that KAST deviated from the regular science taught in school. In addition, Sophia wanted to bring her interest and passion in science to elementary school students, who she felt generally only understood science to be rote memorization and not a hands-on, interactive experience. Determined to make her vision come true, Sophia gathered some of her peers who had the same interest as she did, and KAST NC was born. KAST NC is primarily focused on fundraising and will be extensively involved in volunteering in Cary area elementary schools during the upcoming school year. All the members of KAST are excited to enrich the lives of elementary school students and show them the true beauty of science.

Branch Leaders

Anoop Branch Leader

Anoop Nallanagulagari

Fairfax High School

My name is Anoop Nallanagulagari and I am a senior at Fairfax High School. I am a member of Science Olympiad at FHS. I enjoy playing chess and Basketball in my free time. I am interested in the intricacies of medicine and hope to learn more about it as I pursue college education.

Tyler Branch Leader


North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Hello! I'm Tyler from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. I love making science videos for you to watch. In my free time, I like to play chess, ping pong, or just hang out with my friends. I love showing how science is all around us from the fluffiness of your pillow to the water that comes out of your faucet. Hope to have a great time with y'all at KAST!

Om Branch Leader

Om Nerurkar

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

Om Nerurkar is a co-founder of the Durham KAST branch and a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He first worked with KAST as a freshman in high school, and decided to continue fighting for equal opportunity in STEM education by pushing for hands-on activities and computer modeling tools in the classroom. Outside of academia, Om enjoys racing road bikes, cyclocross, and cross country running. Om is also heavily involved in rocketry, Citizens Climate Lobby and Education, and has conducted computational research in climate science.