Beijing, Graduation Rates Rise, US2020 RTP, MOOCs and Apps: This is your e-Update

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Sept. 25, 2015 - Volume 18

NC STEM Center e-Update

China awaits NC science, engineering students

Learn more about 2016 NCISC competition in Beijing

The North Carolina International Science Challenge (NCISC) is a competition that takes place yearly for high school students who are interested in science and engineering. Students selected travel to Beijing, China to discuss their research with scientists and engineers at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (BYSCC) in March. The competition is a place for students to present their projects as well as talk with students from other countries and experience different cultures. The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the SMT Center annually partner to hold the NCISC. Get more information about applications and previous winners on SMT Center website. Enjoy your e-Update!


Americans expect to have capable STEM workforce

A recent Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll indicated that Americans agree in the necessity of equipping workers with proper skills.

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High school graduation rate highest in NC history

North Carolina’s second annual school performance grades were presented to the State Board of Education this month showing that 72.2 percent of traditional public schools earned grades of C or better, and 70.4 percent of public charter schools received grades of C or better.

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College students create health care apps for competition

A team of five undergraduate students and one Ph.D. student in North Carolina recently took home two awards, including the Grand Prize at the Triangle Health Innovation Challenge.

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MOOCs for Educators available at Friday Institute

The Friday Institute MOOCs for Educators program is offering four courses this fall on various subjects. If you are interested, follow the link below to get more information.

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STEM Spotlight

US2020 Research Triangle Park


US2020 RTP, a STEM mentoring program sponsored by the Research Triangle Foundation, facilitates sustained, hands-on, and high impact mentorships for K-16 students in Durham and Wake Counties. Click image above for more information and details.


STEM Ecosystems

NC STEM Ecosystem: Driving the Future is one of 27 pilot projects that have been selected throughout the U.S. Click here for more.


Good Thinking

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) has created a new, free web resource for science teachers. Click here 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

GSK / McREL International Ribbon of Hope

This Week's STEM Funding Opportunities

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STEM Trivia Question

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What is the name of the new pre-human species discovered in South Africa this week? The answer is Homo naledi. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

What nucleon balances the charge of electrons to give an atom a neutral state?

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

Cultivating Connectivity
Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity

October 2015

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

Close It Summit 2015


NCLA 61st Biennial Conference

4th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

November 2015

STEMtech 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015

2015 NC Tech Awards Gala

Regional Resources

Summer Ventures
What did you do during summer vacation?

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM. The program brings rising juniors and seniors together in a residential setting for research and intensive study. The program is currently hosted at four university campuses: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 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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