Bridging The Gap, PRISM, EdNC, Active Learning and Fist Fighting: This is your e-Update

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Oct. 23, 2015 - Volume 20

NC STEM Center e-Update

Bridging The Gap 2015

Important STEM Conversations for North Carolina

The 4th Annual Bridging The Gap Conference is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 27-28) at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, and we're looking forward to having some good STEM conversations this year with educators, business leaders, government officials and others throughout North Carolina and beyond. The goal of this event is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina, and it is always a great opportunity to interact among colleagues and decision makers. Thank you to the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and all supporting sponsors for once again organizing this fantastic event. We also have a lot of great STEM information in this issue, so please enjoy your NC STEM Center e-Update and as always your feedback is encouraged.


PRISM: Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund supports teaching professionals in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for students and once again has offered the funding grant award to teaching professionals in K-12 public schools in North Carolina. Please review PRISM's Request for Proposal for complete eligibility requirements. Application deadline is Dec. 7.

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NCSSM announces accelerator classes

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) has announced their 2016 summer classes for the Accelerator and Early Accelerator program.

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SREB grants for Advanced Career Teacher Training

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is offering 150 teacher training grants to high schools and career technical centers in SREB and High Schools That Work (HSTW) states that adopt one or more Advanced Career Curricula for school year 2016-17.

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Active learning classes benefit black, first-generation college students the most

In large college science classes, active learning interventions improve achievement for everyone, but especially for black and first-generation students, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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STEM Spotlight



EducationNC (EdNC) seeks to expand the educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. EdNC launched earlier this year to provide the state with data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges facing public schools. EdNC staff posts nonpartisan news and information online Monday through Friday and cover breaking news on the weekends and holidays. Click image above to get the latest news and for more information.


Full STEM Ahead

The Afterschool Alliance has found broad support among North Carolina parents and teachers for providing STEM learning in afterschool programs. Read more.


Stats Demand Rise

The American Statistical Association recently released a report stating an increasing demand for statisticians will not likely be met by students studying the subject. Read 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 oceanic event recently reported have scientists worldwide worried that something "very bad" is happening in our oceans right now? The answer is Coral Bleaching. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

A new study suggests that what may have been one of the driving factors behind the evolution of the human hand?

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

4th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

November 2015

STEMtech 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015

2015 NC Tech Awards Gala

Regional Resources

The Engineering Place

The Engineering Place is NC State University’s K–20 education and resource headquarters for exploring engineering, with programs to build excitement among both students and teachers. Click the image below for more information about this valuable resource in 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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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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