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March 16, 2016 - Volume 6


Full STEM ahead with arrival of spring

Ahhh, spring. It's a delightful time of year full of excitement and a sense of renewal. We at the NC STEM Learning Network are happy to officially welcome spring this weekend as we look ahead to some exciting happenings in the world of STEM. In this issue, we'll take a look at today's shortfall in the labor market and how Raleigh has been added to a national job-training milestone. The NSTA has a new journal worth looking into in our STEM Spotlight, and check out some of the good stuff the Girls Scouts are doing in STEM. And finally, it would be uncool of us to not talk about March Madness being the heart of North Carolina. Have suggestions or comments for future e-Updates? Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


Obama adds Raleigh to TechHire program

While at SXSW this month in Texas, President Barrack Obama announced the upcoming growth to the TechHire initiative that will directly affect Raleigh’s community.



Luck? Explore science behind March Madness

Every March, millions of Americans who pay little or no attention to college basketball throughout the year test their knowledge of the sport with their friends, co-workers, and families in March Madness. Check out how STEM plays a part in bracketology today.



US2020 RTP announces new STEMmy Awards

The first ever STEMmy Awards will take place May 25 at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters to celebrate and honor the state’s men, women and students in STEM.



Local students headed to NC Science Olympiad

Four local teams in Ashboro brought home honors from the regional N.C. Science Olympiad held last month at UNC Greensboro. They join others from throughout the state by advancing to state competition in April at NC State University.


STEM Spotlight

Connected Science Learning


A new journal from NSTA called Connected Science Learning came out this month with the goal of exploring the connection between in-school and out-of-school learning - and an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share empirical evidence. 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: What is an FRB and why was the acronym in the news this week? The answer is Fast Radio Bursts that scientists discovered in deep space. Thanks for all the correct answers.

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

According to this month's Movement Ecology Journal, what is causing storks to not migrate?

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


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

Moogfest 2016

STEMmy Awards

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Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Girls Scouts of America

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life. Girl Scouting encourages girls by offering “fun with purpose” through its K–12 national program. The Girl Scout program includes two curriculum resources: National Leadership Journeys and National Proficiency Badges. Click image below to learn more about this valuable 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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