Summer of STEM, Kids Who Code, Satellite Design and Blue Cheese: This is your e-Update

Summer of STEM, Kids Who Code, Satellite Design and Blue Cheese: This is your e-Update

June 26, 2015 - Volume 12

NC STEM Center e-Update

What to do about the summer STEM slide?

Change the Equation put together a nice piece recently highlighting some programs and ideas to avoid what they term as the "summer STEM slide." We hear a lot about the reading slump that occurs over the summer, when many kids tend to put the books aside. The learning slump is every bit as real in STEM subjects, according to research by CTEq, and some studies indicate that the slump is more pronounced in math than in reading. Summer learning programs can make a world of difference. With greater support, as they suggest, these proven programs could reach many more children and stymie summer learning losses. Why not look into how you can get involved and help these programs expand their reach and their impact - and avoid the summer slide? The NC STEM Center website provides a pretty comprehensive list of programs in North Carolina (some in the summer but many that occur throughout the year). Take a minute to sign up if you haven't already, and check out what's available in your area and throughout the state to keep Strategies That Engage Minds fluent all summer long. Thanks and enjoy your e-Update.

STEM Funding Network

STEM Ecosystem grant program now available


The STEM Funders Network recently launched the STEM Ecosystem Grant Program during the Clinton Global Initiative/Americas.

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Intel IQ

Intel: Eight tips for teaching kids to code


Intel says public education and creative programs are inspiring girls and minorities to dive into computer science like never before.

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NASA looking for satellite designers


NASA wants someone to design a rocket launch system for tiny satellites. By reaching out to the public, NASA hopes to forge new relationships with commercial companies and universities to expand the next wave of space exploration.

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blue cheese

Ant smells like Blue Cheese for a reason


The "odorous house ant" smells like blue cheese or rotten coconut because it produces chemical compounds similar to those found in its nose-sakes. North Carolina researchers and volunteers participated in this smelly study.

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STEM Spotlight

Summer of STEM in North Carolina


Now that summer is officially here, we want to know what your up to these days - informal science, marine biology, grilling experiments, PD or more. Tweet us using #SummerSTEM and let us know!.


Women in Science

Fitting The Bill

Here is a list of 10 women of science we'd love to see on the new $10 bill. Click for more here.

emergent-reader texts

Emergent Readers

Are "emergent-reader texts" developmentally right for kindergartners? 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


Featured Tweet


What's Trending in STEM?


STEM Trivia Question


Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What is the next number in the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34?? The answer is 55. Thanks for all the correct answers. Let's see how well you can do this week.

This week's question is ...

What year did the first Apple iPhone become available?

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

Sea Turtle Trek

Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

Fall 2015

STEMtech 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015


Regional Resources

Ocean Isle Museum Foundation
(Museum of Coastal Carolina & Ingram Planetarium)

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. (OIMF) is a non-profit organization with two facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. Learn more by clicking the image below.


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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It is a project of North Carolina SMT Center in collaboration with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Community College System, UNC General Administration, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and others.

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