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

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Feb. 4, 2016 - Volume 3


Predicting disruptions in NC's workforce

North Carolina faces an enormous “FutureWork” challenge as two big trends converge: the “rise of the robots” means that automation will significantly change or eliminate more and more jobs; meanwhile our state’s demography is shifting rapidly as we age, grow more diverse, and our workforce welcomes more women. The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has released the Future Work Disruption Index for North Carolina as a preamble to the 31st annual Emerging Issues Forum that kicks off in Raleigh on Monday and Tuesday. The Index is designed to spark conversation and encourage serious attention to the urgency of the FutureWork challenge. Attendees and thought leaders from around the state and beyond will explore new education approaches, workforce development strategies, and policy innovations required to make North Carolina a leader in the global battle for good jobs for tomorrow’s diverse workforce. Have suggestions or comments for future e-Updates? Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


Explore African American inventors this month at Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center has made it a priority to document and showcase the diversity of inventors who have shaped world history. In honor of Black History Month, you can explore a collection of stories of African American inventors and importance of STEM in their work.



Biogen Foundation awards NC schools $125K in grants

The Biogen Foundation awarded $125,000 in grants to public schools in NC to support STEM subjects as part of its “Ignite the Power of STEM” program. Teachers who teach K-12 could apply for grants up to $2,000 and schools and non-profit programs could apply for grants up to $5,000.



SciREN Coast coming to Pine Knoll Shores

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and Duke University Marine Laboratory have partnered with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores to bring K-12 teachers together with dozens of local scientists from various institutions and agencies for a free SciREN Coast event on Feb. 18.



Teachers take lead in STEM master degrees

Nine teachers from the Rowan-Salisbury School System recently entered into Catawba College’s new Masters of Education in STEM program on a full tuition scholarship.


STEM Spotlight

NCTA State of Technology Industry Report


The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) has updated data for its State of Technology Industry Report, which serves as a repository of facts, statistics, trends, narratives and insights into North Carolina's technology industry. Click THE image above to request your copy of the report.

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 at CalTech say they discovered? The answer is a large planet in the outer reaches of our solar system that scientists hypothesize about its existence based on orbital changes in some other bodies in the solar system. Thanks for participating and congratulations to Burroughs Wellcome Fund President John E. Burris, Ph.D. for being the very first to correctly respond.

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

Although there are many acceptable definitions, what is the study of numbers, quantity, space, structure, and change?

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


31st Annual Emerging Issues Forum

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

NCEast 2016 State of the Region

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Regional STEM Resources

Teach for America - Eastern North Carolina

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Eastern North Carolina was one of Teach For America’s original sites in 1990, and has strong roots in our local communities. Click image below to learn more about this valuable North Carolina resource.


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