SMT Awards, Speaking STEM-ish, SATs and Happy Thanksgiving: This is your e-Update

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Nov. 20, 2015 - Volume 22

NC STEM Center e-Update

Now accepting nominations for SMT Awards

Each year, the SMT Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center. Categories include: Outstanding K-8 Teacher; Outstanding 9-16 Teacher; Outstanding Informal Educator; Outstanding Administrator; Student Leadership; STEM Partnerships; Business & Industry; and Champion of STEM. Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000. Recipients of the awards will be honored in the spring at the annual Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Click here for more information and to see videos of last year's winners. The deadline to make your nomination is Dec. 1. Please enjoy your e-Update and Happy Thanksgiving!


New NC education projects receive national recognition

The White House recently highlighted NC News Schools/Breakthrough Learning for helping administrators and teachers rethink high school. Separately, The NC STEM Ecosystem was one of 27 projects from around the country receiving grants from private foundations calling themselves the STEM Funders Network.

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Step Up to STEM applications now open

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is now accepting applications for the 2016 Step Up to STEM summer program.

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SAT scores decline in NC as test gets harder

The College Board has released the 2015 SAT scores for North Carolina, and they show decreasing scores.

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NCCTM recognizes Asheboro teacher as top math educator

Wendy Rich was awarded the W.W. Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education earlier this month . This is the most prestigious award given by the N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).

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STEM Spotlight

How to speak STEM-ish?


Even though everyday life surrounds us with obvious STEM applications, it can still be challenging to make the case for meaningful reforms in STEM learning. This resource from the Afterschool STEM Hub serves up as a set of ready-to-go communications and advocacy materials, including infographics, fact sheets, ppt slides, an animated explainer video, and more. Click the image above to get more information and to view video.



The Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics award is a $3,000 material and equipment grant that also provides up to $1,500 in professional development. The award is open to all N.C. public school teachers. Read more.


Smart Competition

The SMART Competition is a high school team-based STEM and CTE program that provides hands-on learning and practical investigation of intelligent building design, renewable tech, and the smart grid. Read more.

Resources & Tools

STEM Resources

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: Why has a 6-year-old's response to a math question this week gone viral on social media? The answer is This 6-year-old drew a hilariously literal picture to show his work in math class. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

What did astronomers this week witness for the first time in history 430 light-years away?

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 STEM Events

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

Send your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Regional STEM Resources


UNC TV hosts a variety of programs and outreach efforts to advance STEM education in North Carolina. Science programs such as NOVA, ScienceNow and NASA are featured every Wednesday. PBS KIDS provides an array of interactive whiteboard games for educators. All programs and games are age-appropriate and linked to subjects such as language arts, the arts, math and social science. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Arthur, Clifford, Curious George, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, and Super Why. 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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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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