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.