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

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Oct. 9, 2015 - Volume 19

NC STEM Center e-Update

What is next for American school kids?

Arne Duncan steps down as U.S. Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan has announced his plans to resign as U.S. Secretary of Education later this year, bringing an end to a long tenure in which he pushed for far-reaching and sometimes divisive changes in school policy. For years now, American K-12 education has been tied hard to the testing track. No more “soft bigotry of low expectations,” said President George W. Bush. “Race to the top,” said the Obama administration. And teachers and schools have got the message. High stakes tests. Teaching to the test. Mixed results. President Obama has selected John King, a charter school advocate, to be Duncan's successor. He has been a senior adviser to Duncan since last year and before that was state education commissioner in New York. Obama has declined to nominate King as secretary, choosing instead to leave him as an interim secretary until the president’s term expires in 2017. Duncan leaves the administration as the longest-serving education secretary in U.S. history, but what his legacy actually will be remain to be seen. If you have a thought and/or opinion about the change, let us know. Tweets us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


AEF now accepting PD and STEM applications

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program (AEF) is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fellowship Year until 8 p.m. on Nov. 19.

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N.C. A&T receives $1M grant for STEM teachers

N.C. A&T received $1.19 million in federal funding to recruit and train teachers to work in local high schools. The five-year grant will establish the North Carolina A&Teach STEM Scholars Program to produce 25 math and science teachers for local public schools.

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North Carolina Public Schools approve 28 new charter schools

Twenty-eight nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools in August 2017. A spreadsheet of applicants is available on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Office of Charter Schools’ website.

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Goodnight Scholars offers NCSU students STEM opportunities

A NC State University scholarship program is providing a unique opportunity for students to use their talents while volunteering in the area - the Goodnight Scholars Program.

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STEM Spotlight

Games Make Brains Grow


Less than half of the students in America are proficient in math and most students would rather eat broccoli than do math problems. Yet we are asking more of our students than ever before. How can we get students to not only engage in math, but also go deeper in the mathematical thinking and practices described in the standards? Click image above for more information and details.



A social media campaign that sparked the creation of a grassroots organization is attempting to change the stereotypes about the technology and engineering workfields. More.



Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella recently announced an expansion of the YouthSpark program that will provide worldwide access to computer science education. 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 nucleon balances the charge of electrons to give an atom a neutral state? The answer is Proton(s). Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

What oceanic event reported this week have scientists worldwide worried that something "very bad" is happening in our oceans right now?

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

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

North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS)

The North Carolina Student Academy of Science is an organization for students in grades 6-12 in alliance with the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS), fostering interaction between students and scientists. Click the image below for more information about this valuable resource.


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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