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Jan. 7, 2016 - Volume 1


Happy New Year: Engaging Minds in 2016

Happy New Year! In this issue we'll take a look at several exciting things happening in STEM in 2016 and provide some insights, trends, events and stories making education headlines already to start a new year. We'll also take a look at new elements announced for the Periodic Table, scholarship and professional development opportunities, and the U.S. Department of Education’s 2016 National Education Technology Plan, which includes a call to action, examples of best practices and recommendations for the field in key areas including learning, teaching, assessment, and infrastructure. We hope you like the new mobile-responsive look and layout as well as streamlined content. Have suggestions or comments? Tweet us @NCSTEM and let us know what you think. Enjoy your first e-Update for 2016!


OET releases 2016 National Education Technology Plan

The National Education Technology Plan, created by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Education Technology (OET), is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Re-imagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.



Applications now available for Golden LEAF Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Scholarship application is due by Tuesday, March 1. The awards are valued at $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for high school seniors and community college transfer students from qualifying counties who attend a participating North Carolina campus. Students awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships are also eligible to participate in the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program.



NC school wins $20K for clearing lake of non-native species

After winning the state round, students at East Duplin High School will receive $20,000 worth of technology for their classrooms, including camcorders, tablets and laptops, before moving on to compete nationally in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest.



Kenan Fellows 2016-17 application ends soon

Monday, Jan. 18 will be the final day to apply for the 2016-17 cohort. Kenan Fellows receive at least three weeks of immersive guidance with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, 80 hours of professional development and a $5,000 award.


STEM Spotlight

New elements added to periodic table


Ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium are the tentative names for the four newest members of the periodic table of elements. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry added these elements to slots 113, 115, 117 and 118 on Dec. 30, completing the seventh row of the table. These elements are the first to be officially added to the periodic table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were ratified. Click the image above for the full story.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis


Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard


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

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What did astronomers witness in December for the first time in history 430 light-years away? The answer is the universe is expecting two or three new baby planets. Thanks to everyone who got the correct answer.

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

What is the environmental factor most directly involved in phototropism?

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


New Teacher Institute Jan 2016


31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum: FUTUREWORK

4th Annual SciREN Coast


NC TIES Conference 2016

ITEEA National Conference 2016


Scaling STEM: Excellence for All/Design for Each

NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning Innovation Challenge

NC Science Festival

X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

4th Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival

2016 SMT Center Awards

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Regional STEM Resources

Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center is the Triad’s premier family destination offering three great attractions: an Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The Greensboro Science Center offers a wide variety of educational programs, field trips, science workshops and camps throughout the year for children in Pre-K through high school. The Carolina SciQuarium, North Carolina’s only inland aquarium, features a variety of water-dependent animals including penguins, sharks, otters, eels, stingrays, a rare fishing cat, an anaconda and fish of all shapes and colors. Click image below to learn 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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