NC Science Festival, Scaling STEM, NC in Beijing and Spring: This is your e-Update

NC Science Festival, Scaling STEM, NC in Beijing and Spring: This is your e-Update

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April 10, 2015 - Volume 7

NC STEM Center e-Update

How do we DESIGN learning
to INSPIRE students to be CREATORS?

At the 2015 Scaling STEM: Strategies That Engage Minds conference next week, participants will hear from experts on how they've engaged students in "making" and inspired them to be creators not just consumers of content. Participants will attend sessions showcasing ideas from the Maker Movement that are inspiring students to change the world! Happening April 13-15 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in RTP, Scaling STEM is your opportunity to learn from experts and with peers to advance STEM strategies for all. The event is part of the 2015 NC Science Festival, which also begins this month. Now in its fifth year, and running through April 26, the NC Science Festival offers daily and mostly free programs for all ages. There are so many events we can't possibly list them all ... and the festival's website already does that for you. And finally, our busy April also includes the USA Science and Engineering Festival happening on April 16-17 in Washington, D.C., followed up by the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium – presented by MedImmune, on April 28. Happy April and enjoy your e-Update!


Obama announces $240M in new pledges for STEM education

At last month's White House Science Fair, President Barack Obama announced more than $240 million in pledges to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to study STEM fields. This year’s Science Fair had a specific focus on diversity.

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nc marks 2015

NC receives As for proficiency in math, reading standards

North Carolina is one of five states to receive all As for its grade 4 and 8 mathematics and reading proficiency standards, according to a new study published by Education Next Journal on K-12 education. The state also was recognized for improving its standards, moving from a C- in 2011 to an A overall for its 2013 standards.

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Ed leaders consider eliminating EOG testing

North Carolina education leaders are looking for better ways to judge a student’s progress in school and it may include eliminating End of Grade testing. The comments were made at a hearing this week that’s part of the 20-year-old Leandro lawsuit, which questions if state education leaders are meeting their constitutional obligations.

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2015 BioNetwork Teacher Workshops now available

Whether you’re new to the subject or want to refresh your existing knowledge and skills, these week-long, hands-on PD workshops for North Carolina science and CTE teachers are sure to be an invaluable experience. This introductory biotech workshop will include a blend of lectures and discussions as well as hands-on activities (wet and dry labs). BioNetwork is part of the N.C. Community College System and is hosted by community colleges throughout the state.

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New Kenan Fellows to be announced next month

Tuesday, May 5 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Kenan Fellows has chosen this day to announce the 2015-16 Kenan Fellows. They also will be facilitating a Teacher Appreciation Week Challenge. National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives have pledged to support a fellowship opportunity for an outstanding K-12 teacher in the state. Find out more below.

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STEM Spotlight

North Carolina International Science Challenge


NCISC is a yearly North Carolina science competition hosted by the SMT Center for high school students. The selected students travel to Beijing, China to present their science research projects at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition. The competition requires students to undertake a research project, write an abstract explaining their research problem, and present it to a panel of scientists and engineers. Our latest student delegation recently spent a week in Beijing presenting their research, meeting students from other countries, and experiencing various cultural and scientific events. You can read all about their adventures last month on the official blog by clicking here or the image above. The NCISC is offered jointly by the SMT Center and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.


Start to Finish

Many students starting STEM education aren't finishing those studies, and researchers at RTI International are concerned at the high drop-out rate students in these fields. More here.


What STEM Teaches

STEM education is the opposite of “specific, technical skills.” It promotes creativity, collaboration, skepticism and better communication skills. More here.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

Year 2 Report for Race to the Top in NC (PDF)

NC STEM ScoreCard

STEM Funding Search Engine

U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

STEM Grants & Awards

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

Promoting Innovation in Science & Mathematics

Featured Tweet

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What's Trending in STEM?

STEM Trivia Question

Last issue's STEM Trivia question was: First Lady Michelle Obama was in Asia this week promoting education in Japan and Cambodia. Her five-day trip was specific in bettering the education efforts of who?" The correct answer we were looking for was, girls. Thanks for all the correct submissions. Let's see how well you can do this week.

This week's question is ...

In mathematics, a fraction represents _______________.

Think you know? Click here to submit your answer to @NCSTEM. If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you). We’ll announce winners in the next e-Update!

Upcoming Events

April 2015

NC Science Festival

NC Advanced Manufacturing Awareness & STEM Career Week

Scaling STEM 2015 Conference

The STEM Success for Women Telesummit

STEM Conference 2015

2015 Champions for Children Gala

X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

May 2015

NCTA State of Technology Conference

Research Triangle State of the Region

NSTA STEM Forum and Expo

Regional Resources

Brunswick County Early College High School

Brunswick County Early College High School is a North Carolina School of Excellence and a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction whose mission is to provide a rigorous, relevant curriculum and the academic and relational supports necessary for students to complete the requirements for a North Carolina High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Brunswick Community College in 4-5 years. The school’s foundational principles are the 5 R’s — Rigor, Relevancy, Relationships, Respect, and Responsibility. Learn more about it by clicking the image below.

Brunswick County Early College High School

Learn more about STEM programs in your community, click here. Become a member of NC STEM Center today. Joining is free and easy. Logged-in members get access to grant opportunities and the ability to promote their STEM programs and events.

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