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April 22, 2016 - Volume 8


NC STEM Center upgrades
to provide greater access to STEM

The NC STEM Center, an online resource for STEM education in North Carolina, has partnered with the largest national database of STEM activities to enhance the user experience. The NC STEM Center and The Connectory have teamed up to provide a model of what a partnership between a localized STEM-database and a national one could accomplish. Called The Connectory Exchange, it provides STEM partners an avenue to be more effective and efficient in providing access to STEM learning opportunities. The NC STEM Center is piloting the Exchange to establish collaboration around a central database, with strong local commitment and support that will meet the needs of the STEM field. The Connectory Exchange allows us to tap into a national database of opportunities while providing the best resource for identifying and sharing STEM programs in North Carolina. Learn more about the upgraded web portal on the blog, and as always we welcome your thoughts. Please tweet us @NCSTEM. Enjoy your e-Update!


USDoE says Teachers should use federal funds for STEM

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a "Dear Colleagues Letter" encouraging educators to take advantage of federal funds to support STEM programs.



Science educators are transforming student learning

Over the next two years, a cohort of educators and advocates with North Carolina Science Leadership Association Fellows will regularly convene, building skills in leadership and establishing a network of committed individuals with the common goal of ensuring more widespread, meaningful, and rigorous science instructional experiences for the children of North Carolina.



Kenan Fellows set to publish new K-12 journal in July

The launch of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership through the Kenan Fellows program this year has received a number of strong submissions from educators and researchers across the state. The first issue of the peer-reviewed publication will be out in July.



White House, educators push for pre-school STEM

Public and private-sector groups are calling for a national push to teach STEM to children as young as 3 or 4 years old. Leading the effort on “early active STEM learning” is the White House, which is bringing hundreds of educators and policymakers to Washington, D.C., for a symposium on the topic.


STEM Spotlight

"Grading Teacher Pay"
WRAL Documentary


During the 1990s the average salary for public school teachers in North Carolina rose to the national average in an effort to attract and retain good teachers and improve education. In 2008, the state’s average teacher salary dropped to 47th in the nation and is currently listed 42nd. Through interviews with teachers and policymakers, this documentary by WRAL examines the impact of low teacher pay, its relationship to educational quality and the debate over how much North Carolina’s public school teachers should be paid. The documentary is hosted by WRAL News anchor Renee Chou and will air on April 26 at 7 p.m. on WRAL-TV, WILM-TV and, then again on April 30 at 6:30pm on WRAZ FOX-50. Click on the image above for a behind-the-scenes preview.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

The Connectory


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: Scientists have predicted what probably rains on Jupiter? The answer is Diamonds. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

What famous telescope turns 26 this weekend and what gorgeous new image has been added to its heritage gallery in celebration of its anniversary?

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

What's New?

The NC STEM Center has entered into a partnership with The Connectory, the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate. Visit the new Find Opportunities page to browse upcoming opportunities.


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

Project Scientist

Project Scientist is a nonprofit aiming to help young girls have a better understanding in the STEM subjects. Every year they have a summer camp with activities centered on STEM subjects with the goal of building a foundation for young women to have future careers in the STEM fields. Click image or button 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.




Have STEM News or an Event to Share?

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