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

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May 19, 2016 - Volume 10


STEM education luminaries receive
honors for outstanding achievements

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center is happy to announce the recipients of the 2016 SMT Awards. The recipients were honored on April 30 at the annual SMT Celebration in Cary. The SMT Celebration began in 2007 as a means to recognize the extraordinary efforts taking place in advancing STEM education across North Carolina. Please take a moment to honor this year's award recipients by visiting the SMT website. Congratulations!. As always we welcome your thoughts. Please tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


Mentoring 'pretty convincing' through virtual reality

What better way to document the value of STEM mentoring than with an experiment? That was US2020 Outreach Project Director Brett Brenton’s idea when he launched a virtual reality video project designed to capture all 360 degrees of a mentoring experience.



TEL Results: Innovative assessment in era of rapid technology change

Two years ago the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy. Eighth-grade students were presented real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. And, here's what we have learned.


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New 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant competition

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has announced a new grant competition for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program. The online application will be available in August for an initial grant award in the 2017-2018 school year.



Governor sees technology in action

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and his senior education adviser, Catherine Pruitt, visited Greene County Middle School this week to see how local teachers and students are using technology and applying it to learning 21st-century skills.


STEM Spotlight

FutureWork Prosperity Tour


With increased automation from technology and demographic shift, job losses due to technology for North Carolina could total 1.2 million, and job losses could be five times larger than the 2008 recession. How can we prepare today to create enough good jobs for tomorrow? In partnership with Duke Energy Foundation and the Local Government Federal Credit Union, the Institute for Emerging Issues is taking to the open roads this summer, embarking on the FutureWork Prosperity Tour, a statewide bus tour across each of North Carolina’s eight regional Prosperity Zones! Click image above for more information and when the tour will stop near your town.

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

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Facebook recently paid a 10-year-old Finnish boy $10,000 for doing what? The answer is he discovered a bug that allowed him to delete other user's Instagram comments. Congrats to @TerriKHNC for being first to submit the correct answer. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

Researchers said this week that what can attribute to having superior brain power?

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.


STEMmy Awards

2030: Education in North Carolina

New Charter School Leaders Institute

NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program

NCTA Leadership Retreat

NCHICA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition

CED Tech Venture Conference

5th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

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

SENSOR Saturday Academy

Student Engineers Network, Strengthening Opportunities in Research (SENSOR) Saturday Academy at Duke University is a hands-on education program to encourage careers in science and engineering by engaging 8th grade underrepresented minority students in materials science and water quality testing. Click image or button below to learn more about this STEM 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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