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March 3, 2016 - Volume 5


Congress schedules confirmation vote for John B. King, Jr. as new U.S. Secretary of Education

Senate confirmation proceedings began Feb. 25 for the Acting Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., and the final congressional vote is set for next Wednesday (March 9). In January, Obama nominated King for Secretary of Education, calling him “an exceptionally talented instructor” whose focus is “preparing every child for success.” King, who took office when Arne Duncan stepped down in December, was originally going to remain the acting head of the department for the rest of Obama’s time in office. Officials at the White House said before the announcement was made earlier this year that the president was encouraged by the bipartisan support King had received in Congress. King also nominated James Cole, Jr. to serve as Deputy Secretary as King takes on the role of secretary upon confirmation. Cole’s work in education is similar to that of King’s, sharing the focus of education equality. Read more about it on the SMT Center Blog. Have suggestions or comments for future e-Updates? Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


White House declares National Week at the Labs

Collaborating with the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) and My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), scientists, engineers and lab workers are coming together this week to show students what they can do in STEM.



Apply for Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and SciLifeLab announced they are accepting applications for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.



NSF looks to increase diversity in STEM

The National Science Foundation has introduced a new program called "INCLUDES" that aims to allow underrepresented demographics the same opportunities to grow in STEM.



To parents, 'STEM Careers' doesn't mean teaching

While 9 in 10 parents say they would encourage their kids to pursue a career in STEM, what they really mean is a career in engineering. What they definitely don't want is a child who decides to pursue STEM teaching, according to a new poll.


STEM Spotlight

National Conference on Talent Pipeline Management


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is engaging employers and their partners across the country in developing a new demand-driven approach — talent pipeline management — to close the skills gap. Building upon this momentum, USCCF will once again bring together a national audience of business leaders, policymakers, and communities in action to discuss how demand-driven solutions are tackling the nation's skills gap. 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

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: After 100 years of theory and decades of experiments, astronomers at LIGO have found evidence of gravitational waves. What does LIGO stand for? The answer is Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Thanks for participating and for all the correct answers.

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

What is an FRB and why was the acronym in the news 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


NC TIES Conference 2016

ITEEA National Conference 2016

Spring night sky observation at PARI

Talent Pipeline Management National Conference


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

KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum

Based in Rutherfordton, KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum is dedicated to interactive learning and enhancing classroom education with hands-on fun. Click image below to learn more about this valuable North Carolina resource.


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