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

Sept. 11, 2015 - Volume 17

NC STEM Center e-Update

National STEM spotlight shines in NC

SMT Center to pilot STEM Learning Ecosystem

The SMT Center has been selected as one of the 27 pilot projects throughout the United States for the STEM Ecosystems Initiative launched by the STEM Funders Network. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people. The SMT Center’s selection is a demonstration of their leadership in developing a strong STEM community and recognition of their commitment to continue the work. Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Ecosystems Initiative will form a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry and others. The first gathering of this Community of Practice will be hosted at the White House in November. For a complete list of sites selected to join the first cohort visit or get more on the SMT Center Blog. Enjoy your e-Update!


BoE previews state's Digital Learning Plan


NC State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation along with members of NCDPI recently presented a report to the State Board of Education on the state's Digital Learning Plan for North Carolina schools.

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STEM Recognition Intent to Apply now open for 2015-16


Schools in North Carolina planning to apply for potential STEM Recognition for the 2015-16 school year are to fill out the following intent to apply to ensure you receive information about the application, time line, and resources which will provide assistance in this process. Intent to Apply request is due no later than Oct. 31.

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Five North Carolina communities selected for InnovateNC initiative


Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington/Coastal Carolina, Pembroke and Wilson have been selected to participate in InnovateNC, a two-year effort to boost the economy through innovation.

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Golden LEAF helps open STEM Labs in Eastern North Carolina


The Golden LEAF Foundation recently joined Nash-Rocky Mount Public School administrators and businesses to open STEM labs for middle school students in Eastern North Carolina.

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STEM Spotlight

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Digital Collection


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Digital Collection via the State Library of North Carolina is an attempt to highlight a sample of the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina related to STEM fields, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Currently the collection includes photographs, charts, reports, diagrams, surveys, maps, correspondence, speeches, minutes, notes, and legal documents with much more to be added in the near future. Click image for more details.



Tennis Physics

How does a tennis drop shot work? Explore the physics behind it in this video with materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez. Watch Video.


STEM Showcase

Check out a great video on the STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities from NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Watch Video.

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

This Week's STEM Funding Opportunities


Featured Tweet

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STEM Trivia Question


Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Which of the following terms is used by microbiologists for a bacterium with a rod shape? The answer is Bacillus. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

What is the name of the new pre-human species discovered in South Africa this week?

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

Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center

The mission of the Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center is to raise awareness in those they serve of their global connection and unique place in space by encouraging their participation in science, mathematics and technology. Click the image below for more information.


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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The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina.
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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