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Nov. 6, 2015 - Volume 21

NC STEM Center e-Update

Bridging the Gap gives boost to
K-16 STEM education in North Carolina

The U.S. Department of Education recently stated that in the next five years the jobs projected to have the most significant increase will be in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Science, System Software Development and Computer Systems Analysis. Igniting an interest in those fields of study and STEM careers as whole was the main goal of the 4th Annual Bridging The Gap Conference. The three-day event last month at NC State’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh gave teachers and students a hands-on experience in an annual effort to strengthen K-16 STEM education in North Carolina. Special thanks to the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and all supporting sponsors (including the NC STEM Learning Network and the SMT Center) for hosting a tangible way for teachers to integrate technology into lesson plans and STEM learning. Also, in this issue we will focus on some additional high-tech learning and digital media efforts happening throughout the state as well as interesting emphasis in our spotlight section on effective strategies for building better public understanding on STEM issues. We hope you enjoy this week's edition of your e-Update and as always your feedback is welcomed.

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PARI introduces new executive director

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) has introduced Stephen F. Saucier to serve as Executive Director. Saucier comes to PARI from the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, where he served as Executive Director for the past four years.

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Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning

Bumble bees, extreme weather events, sea ice loss, and drought. The impacts of climate change are being felt by communities and creatures across our nation— and the world. The Forum on
Digital Media for STEM Learning: Climate Education will explore how the stories and science behind these impacts are increasingly being integrated into classroom instruction on Monday, Nov. 9.

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Two NC schools receive $200K for MSEIP

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded North Carolina A&T $250,000 and North Carolina Central University $249,998 through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.

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Teacher turnover rate
in NC up for 2014-15

The number of teachers leaving North Carolina public school classrooms increased slightly from last year, according to the 2014-15 Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession presented to State Board of Education.

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STEM Spotlight

Power of Explanation: Reframing STEM, Informal Learning


In order to expand the movement for more engaging project-based and inquiry-based STEM learning, leaders in all sectors need to have messaging tools to be persuasive advocates. The FrameWorks Institute outlines an effective strategy for building better public understanding on STEM issues, while also supporting a broader reframed narrative about education as a public good. It includes essential insights for anyone working to make the case for greater support for an ecosystem of STEM learning opportunities. Click image above to get more information.


STEM at Work

The Lenovo Scholar Network's national app development competition is part of a growing national effort to improve accessibility to STEM education. EdWeek highlights five innovative apps created by high-schoolers. Read more.


Kenan Fellows

The Kenan Fellows Program is now accepting applications for a new cohort of K-12 teachers in North Carolina for the 2016-2017 fellowship year. Online applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. 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

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STEM Trivia Question

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: A new study suggests that what may have been one of the driving factors behind the evolution of the human hand? The answer is Fist Fighting. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

Why has a 6-year-old's response to a math question this week gone viral on social media?

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

November 2015

NCREN Community Day 2015

2015 NC Tech Awards Gala

Regional Resources


Established in Durham in 1994, Shodor is a non-profit organization serving students and educators by providing materials and instruction relating to computational science (scientific, interactive computing). Click 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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