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June 23, 2016 - Volume 12


Math makeover continues in North Carolina

The State Board of Education at its June meeting unanimously approved revised high school mathematics standards for Math 1, 2, and 3, the key high school-level math courses required of all students. These new standards will go into effect this fall. View full announcement. In related news, the North Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill requiring schools offer two tracks of high school math, one that integrates topics and another that separates algebra and geometry into different courses. Senate approved the bill 33-13. It now goes to the House. Get more here. Also in this issue we look at North Carolina's new State Broadband Plan and its impacts on school connectivity, student coding, and don't forget about STEM Trivia. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


Biogen’s $100K gift champions teacher leadership in NCs

The Kenan Fellows Program for Leadership and Curriculum Development has received a $100,000 grant from the Biogen Foundation.



Pamlico gets $1.2M grant to aid in job training

Pamlico County has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to create an educational training pipeline from middle school through college to help create a workforce to fill local and regional jobs in STEM professions.



What happens when anyone can code?

As a society, we may be moving into an era when everyone can make computer programs, even though they don’t know how to code — at least not in the way we think about coding today.



Students invited to join Congressional App Challenge

Speaking of coding ... The third annual Congressional App Challenge is calling all student coders and programmers to participate in this year’s competition from July 18 to Nov. 2.


STEM Spotlight

Closing the 'Homework Gap' with Broadband


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has unveiled a "State Broadband Plan" that aims at providing "universal access" for all residents by 2021. The governor says he wants to expand the reach of high-speed Internet networks, especially in schools, with a top priority to extend WiFi to all public schools by 2018. The governor and the Broadband Infrastructure Office within the N.C. Department of Information Technology wrote the 75-page document. Click image above for more information.

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

BWF Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Scientists discovered what kind of tropical fish can differentiate between human faces? The answer is the Archerfish. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

Researchers said this week that wear and tear on what gene makes us less social?

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.


NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program

NCTA Leadership Retreat

NCHICA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition

CED Tech Venture Conference

The Close It Summit: Shift Happens

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

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science presents the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region. Click the image or button below to learn more about this valuable 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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