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April 7, 2016 - Volume 7


NCISC students share adventures in Beijing

The North Carolina International Science Challenge (NCISC) is a yearly North Carolina science competition hosted by SMT Center for high school students. The selected students travel to China to present their science research projects at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition. This year’s cohort recently returned from China, and we encourage you to check out all their great adventures and experiences throughout their stay captured on a blog at The NCISC is offered jointly by the SMT Center and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and we look forward to stories from next year's participants. In this issue we have some great stuff on everything happening in STEM in North Carolina. Have suggestions or comments for future e-Updates? Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


NC Science Festival ready to get underway

Check out the highlights this weekend for the much-anticipated kickoff of the 17-day North Carolina Science Festival! A full list of the events can be found at the festival’s website, but we have highlighted a few of the main events for each region coming up this weekend.



STEM learning opportunities for Wake students this Summer

Applications are now being accepted for Students Discover Academy, a collaboration of Knightdale and East Wake High Schools to show students the opportunities that STEM careers can offer.



Donation to Citizen Schools will help North Carolina students

A large donation fron Hikvision to Citizen Schools will provide North Carolina students with supplies to help them better learn STEM subjects.



NC lawmaker joins STEMx Policy Fellows

Reprentative Graig Meyer, D-Orange, is part of the inaugural class of STEMx Policy Fellows named from across the country. All Fellows will be spending the next two years learning from and with other policymakers from STEMx states to take new ideas back to their communities.


STEM Spotlight

ICYMI: Social Recap from Scaling STEM 2016


This year's Scaling STEM conference on April 4-6 was a great time for educators to get together to talk about equity in STEM. We have curated some of your tweets this week showing the highlights of the conference. Click on the image above for more and to see the posts we've captured from you!

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: According to last month's Movement Ecology Journal, what is causing storks to not migrate? The answer is junk food in landfills. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

Scientists this week predicted what probably rains on Jupiter?

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 Science Festival

X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

4th Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival

WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio

NCEast 2016 State of the Region


U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Conference

Moogfest 2016

STEMmy Awards

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and Eco-Center in Scotland Neck is dedicated to educating people about the importance of conservation and research, focusing on waterfowl and wetland habitats. Click image below to learn more about this valuable STEM resource in North Carolina.


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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