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

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Feb. 18, 2016 - Volume 4


Technology is everywhere in education

Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. Led by the federal government, the country is in the midst of a massive effort to make affordable high-speed Internet and free online teaching resources available to even the most rural and remote schools. And in 2015-16, for the first time, more state standardized tests for the elementary and middle grades will be administered via technology than by paper and pencil. To keep up with what’s changing (and what isn’t), observers must know where to look. Take a look at this in-depth piece in EdWeek. Have suggestions for future e-Updates? Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


NCSSM teacher in Durham wins Grammy

Phillip Riggs, who teaches music at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, has won a Grammy for Music Educator of the Year.



Citizen Schools taps McCann as new CEO

Citizen Schools announced earlier this month that Emily Buxton McCann has been named the new chief executive officer.



Mechatronics program gets 200K from Golden LEAF Foundation

Alamance Community College will get $200,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation for its new mechatronics program, which is the integration of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to work on robotics and “intelligent” machines ranging from ATMs to manufacturing robots.



NC IDEA opens 2016 grant cycle

NC IDEA's 21st grant cycle opened on Feb. 15. The upcoming cycle will kick-off with a series of information sessions being held throughout North Carolina.


STEM Spotlight

RTPi3: Ignite, Innovate, Inspire Challenge


Information is now available for US2020 RTP’s upcoming essay contest, the RTPi3: Ignite, Innovate, Inspire Challenge. Please share this information with your 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in Wilson, Asheville/Buncombe, Guilford, Robeson, and Brunswick/New Hanover counties so that they may be able to start brainstorming their essay and preparing. Submissions will be accepted starting March 4 through April 29. Click on the image above for details.

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: Although there are many acceptable definitions, what is the study of numbers, quantity, space, structure, and change? The answer is Mathematics. Thanks for participating and for all the correct answers.

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

After 100 years of theory and decades of experiments, astronomers at LIGO have found evidence of gravitational waves. What does LIGO stand for?

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


NC Clean Tech Summit

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


U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Conference

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Regional STEM Resources

Cannon Foundation

The Cannon Foundation, Inc. began in 1943 with giving focused on communities where Cannon Mills plants were located. Virtually all the Cannon Foundation’s giving is in North Carolina, and over the past few years has expanded from just the local area to reach from Manteo to Murphy. However, the highest priority continues to be Cabarrus County and related communities, followed by the Piedmont region, and then rural areas of North Carolina. Click image below to learn more about this valuable North Carolina resource.


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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