Vision 2030, Fall STEM Events, and Experts at Anything: This is your e-Update

Vision 2030, Fall STEM Events, and Experts at Anything: This is your e-Update

Aug. 21, 2015 - Volume 16

NC STEM Center e-Update

Business leaders, educators discuss
North Carolina’s education future

Education experts from across the country recently met to discuss the role education plays in promoting a strong business climate. The annual NC Chamber Education Conference, co-sponsored by the NC Science, Mathematics & Technology Education Center, drew about 250 North Carolina business and education this year. Dr. Sam Houston, president a CEO of the SMT Center, was among the panelists for the conference’s first discussion, “K-12 Re-imagined.” In that discussion panelists imagined an education system that eliminates school calendars and grades and consistently adjusts teaching methods to the individual needs of the student. That was one of many highlights at this year's event. Another was the conversations on North Carolina Vision 2030: A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future. The initiative is a forward-thinking plan that provides focused economic development strategies to create good jobs for North Carolinians. We’ve spotlighted the plan in the section below in this week's edition along with a ton of other upcoming events coming up this fall. Enjoy your e-Update!


NC Science Festival applications now open


The NC Science Festival is now accepting applications for its 2016 K-12 programs! Applications are accepted through Sept. 17. To apply online or to get more information, follow the link below.

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RTP tech, energy firms are hiring people with the right skill sets


One company is expecting to add 200 jobs and 84 percent of companies participating in a new RTI International survey say they will be looking to hire people over the next one to five years.

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Raleigh No. 1 in STEM Leadership by Business Facilities Magazine


Raleigh is the top-ranked metro in a new rankings category, STEM Leaders, which ranks the locations with the highest percentage of college graduates in STEM-oriented fields.

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What does it take to do extraordinary things?


Popular Science spotlights STEM education in a new way in their latest issue noting that science and technology are the engines that drive civilization forward.

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STEM Spotlight

North Carolina Vision 2030


Education and talent supply are key pillars in the NC Chamber’s North Carolina Vision 2030. There are currently more than nine million people living in North Carolina. By 2030, the population is expected to grow to 12 million. This growth brings many opportunities, but it begs the question: Are we ready? Click the image below to review our North Carolina Vision 2030 brochure. details.



STEM Services

Discovery Education is launching three new services designed to help school systems grow capacity for STEM teaching and learning. More.


Economic Recovery

Do you want to get a good job?  The research is in and message is clear: the key to economic recovery is to pursue a STEM discipline. 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

GSK / McREL International Ribbon of Hope


Featured Tweet


What's Trending in STEM?


STEM Trivia Question


Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What is the measure, in degrees, of each angle in an equilateral triangle? The answer is 60 (60, 60, 60). Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer last issue.

Let's see how well you can do with this week's question ...

Which of the following terms is used by microbiologists for a bacterium with a rod shape?

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


September 2015


NCHICA 21st Annual Conference & Exhibition


CED Tech Venture Conference

Cultivating Connectivity
Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity

Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

October 2015

 STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

Close It Summit 2015

November 2015

STEMtech 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015

2015 NC Tech Awards Gala


Regional Resources

ExplorNet & Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning

ExplorNet offers training, curriculum, resources and support for certification-based high school Information Technology programs to help students gain needed foundation. ExplorNet programs are offered by the non-profit Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning an education agency providing professional development for teachers and administrators. Click the image below for more information about this regional resource for North Carolina.


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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Have STEM News or an Event to Share?

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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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