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

July 10, 2015 - Volume 13

NC STEM Center e-Update

Summer + STEM = Opportunity

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. This year’s awardees teach 7th through 12th grade, and we had two recognized from North Carolina this year (you can read more about them in a story in this issue). Also in this issue, we focus on several funding opportunities available with Ribbon of Hope and new NSF grants for systemwide STEM projects. Also included are some interesting reads on gender diversity, the state of STEM in North Carolina, and a neat feature on some college students biking across country this summer to promote STEM education. Enjoy your summer and your e-Update.


North Carolina teachers recognized for PAEMST at White House


Two North Carolina educators were recently recognized by President Obama as awardees of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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STEM Diversity

Importance of mentoring to increase diversity in STEM


Complex and layered reasons explain the lack of diversity in STEM. The reason for fewer women in these roles range from gender biases to the lack of accommodating work/life balance. While there won’t be any easy fix to this perennial issue, there is strong evidence to suggest that improving the environment in STEM fields can have an impact.

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Where does STEM education stand in NC?


STEM education is becoming more and more critical, especially in North Carolina. This growing need is recognized by education leaders, schools, and many businesses across the state. Take a moment and check out this read on where we are on STEM in North Carolina via EdNC.

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Bikes and Brains

Science whizzes biking across country for STEM education


Seven college students are biking across the country this summer in an effort to change it. On the journey, they are teaching 13 engineering and science workshops for middle school and high school students. The group, made up of students from Harvard and MIT, began the ride from Washington, D.C., on June 1.

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STEM Spotlight

Ribbon of Hope Program


The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and McREL International will be hosting four Question and Answer webinars this summer about the Ribbon of Hope Program, eligibility, the application process, and reporting requirements in anticipation of the proposal deadline for Ribbon of Hope Grants due on Oct. 1, 2015. Click the image above for more details and webinar dates.


STEM Parents

STEM Parenting

Though much of teaching around STEM occurs in the classroom, that isn't where students spend most of their time. It is the time they spend outside of school that can be most valuable – and that's where parents can help. Click for more.



National Science Foundation is offering grants of up to $300,000 each for projects that would help teacher-leaders get more exposure and improve STEM education systemwide. The submission process ends July 22.  Click for more.

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


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STEM Trivia Question


Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What year did the first Apple iPhone become available? The answer is 2005. Thanks for all the correct answers. Let's see how well you can do this week.

This week's question is ... A magnifying glass is what type of lens?

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

Fall 2015

STEMtech 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015


Regional Resources

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

The KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum is dedicated to interactive learning, enhancing classroom education with hands-on fun. The museum seeks to provide an environment where children and adults are given a unique opportunity to play, learn, and create together. By exposing children to a wide array of experiences in the areas of the arts, science, math, technology, literature, culture, and history, the museum seeks to instill in children a greater understanding of themselves and their world. Learn more about KidSenses 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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