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

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Jan. 21, 2016 - Volume 2


NC names Regional Teachers of the Year

Nine teachers have been selected to represent their education districts and charter schools as the state's regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. View this year's winners. State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the regional winners saying, “These nine teachers personify the instructional excellence that we are fortunate to have in classrooms across the state. Thanks to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, we can give these special educators the recognition that they so richly deserve.” Atkinson added that the Regional Teachers of the Year would contribute much to the state during their service on the 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year team. The 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced April 7 at an awards ceremony in Cary. North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. Have suggestions or comments for future e-Updates? Tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


Duke Energy, to begin STEM projects

Duke Energy has begun a new price-matching program that will allow teachers to turn their classroom programs into realities, according to a recent announcement.



MIT and Johnson & Johnson team up for women in STEM

MIT and Johnson & Johnson have announced a new collaboration designed to increase the number of undergraduate women enrolling in STEM programs and graduating with STEM degrees.



NC Gravity Games return this spring

The North Carolina Gravity Games, hosted by Google and Appalachian State during the N.C. Science Festival, returns to Lenior once again this year to offer an interactive engineering and science competition for students - and a little fun.



Largest known prime number is mind-bending discovery

Dr. Curtis Cooper from the University of Central Missouri has found the largest-known prime number – written (274207281)-1. It is around 22 million digits long and, if printed in full, would take you days to read.


STEM Spotlight



STEMworks through Change The Equation is a national resource for finding and investing in the country's leading STEM programs. Click the image above to learn more about STEMworks.

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 is the environmental factor most directly involved in phototropism? The answer is sunlight. Congrats to @barbsf for being the first to correctly answer the question, and thanks to everyone for participating.

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

What did astronomers at CalTech say they discovered this week?

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


PARI’s SciGirls Deep Sea Diver Program

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

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) was established as an academic collaboration between NC A&T and UNC Greensboro. JSNN builds on the strengths of the two universities in the basic sciences and in engineering to offer an innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate program that will train scientists in various emerging areas of nanoscience and nano engineering. JSNN offers M.S. and Ph.D. in Nanoengineering as well a Professional M.S. and Ph.D. in Nanoscience. Click image below to learn more about this valuable North Carolina resource.


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