Digital Classrooms, Summer Learning Loss and BBQ Science: This is your e-Update

Digital Classrooms, Summer Learning Loss and BBQ Science: This is your e-Update

June 12, 2015 - Volume 11

NC STEM Center e-Update

Fifteen reasons why STEM is good

STEM scares most young people today because it gets mistaken for being too challenging and most importantly, boring. And when people look at the older gentlemen across the room who chose the STEM path wearing a frown, everything negative about STEM becomes true and they say, “That cannot be me.” It doesn’t have to be that way, because there are benefits of a STEM education of which you might not be aware. This article on STEM Jobs really frames 15 solid reasons why STEM education is beneficial. These are things you want to know about STEM that will make you smile. Enjoy your e-Update.


Business roundtable discusses future of STEM in North Carolina


IES Executive Director Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff recently participated in a round table discussion on using STEM education to develop a new workforce, and how businesses and educational institutions can contribute to creating the worker of the future. The discussion will be featured this month in Business North Carolina.

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NCDPI activates Lea(R)n for edtech


The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has partnered with Lea(R)n to harness the expertise of North Carolina’s 98,000 teachers to make decisions about what technologies work well in the classroom.

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NC AITC offers summer PD workshops


One of the primary goals of North Carolina Ag in the Classroom (NC AITC) is to meet current, up-to-date needs of teachers and students. To accomplish this goal, NC AITC offers professional development workshops that focus on prescribed curricula using our state's top industry – Agriculture – and its top commodities as instructional content.

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CTEq says millennials aren't tech savvy


Just because millennials are glued to their tech devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well. They may know how to take selfies, surf the web or keep up with their social networks, but "Does Not Compute," a new research brief by Change The Equation out this week, reveals that most have a hard time solving problems using technology.

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STEM Spotlight

Public School Forum of North Carolina
Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award


Governor and Mrs. James B. Hunt, Jr. were honored this week as the recipients of the 2015 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award, in recognition of the role each has played in advancing public education for all children in the state. Click image for more.



Healthy Summer

Teachers, these activities will help your students to stay on track this summer with healthy habits (Grades 6-8). Click for more here.


Seismic Challenge

Thousands of students gathered in San Jose recently to examine ways to ensure buildings can survive strong earthquakes. Click for 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

NC STEM Center Funding Resources

STEM Grants & Awards

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

Promoting Innovation in Science & Mathematics

Minority University Research and Education Programs Small Projects


Featured Tweet


What's Trending in STEM?


STEM Trivia Question


Last issue's STEM Trivia question was: Can you list out at least five different types of engineers? Here is our five: Electrician, Inventor, Robotics, Mechanics, Electronics. Thanks for all the correct and various submissions we received. Let's see how well you can do with this week's question.

This week's question is ...

What is the next number in the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34?

Think you know the answer? Click here to submit your response 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


Summer 2015

NCSSM Early Accelerator Summer Program

Google Moonshot Summit

Kenan Fellows Professional Advancement Symposium

Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala


Regional Resources

Emily K Center

The Emily K Center, a non-profit organization in Durham,  serves academically-focused, low-income students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college, and break the cycle of poverty in their families. Click the image below for more.


Learn more 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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