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July 7, 2016 - Volume 13


State budget to boost STEM in NC classrooms

The North Carolina General Assembly approved several adjustments to the preexisting state budget this month, and some of the education adjustments will bring more STEM into the classroom. Check out the NC STEM Blog for highlights of the final North Carolina budget agreement as proposed in legislation and the related "money report" crafted by House and Senate leaders. The $22.3 billion plan adjusts the second year of the already-approved two-year budget. Also included in the amendments to the original budget are teacher raises. Public school teachers will receive approximately 4.7 percent salary increases, ranging from an additional $750 to $5,250, respectively. Also in this issue, we spotlight the 2016 STEM Jobs Approved Employers list, Project SEED, home STEM activities for the summer, and the new Iron Man.. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


New Iron Man is a black woman doing STEM

There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over .



Three LEGO figures orbiting Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft that is currently orbiting Jupiter also has a Lego crew on board with a goal to get more kids interested in science.



Macon County Schools receive $550K grant to expand STEM program

To help grow the Smoky Mountain Area Robotics Team and SMART League as well as further the district’s STEM education programs, Macon County Schools has secured a $550,000 grant from Golden LEAF Foundation that will provide additional personnel and materials for the district.



Home STEM activities in 30 minutes or less

Running out of things to do with your student as summer heats up? Check out these 10 STEM activities to do at home - all in 30 minutes or less.


STEM Spotlight

STEM Job Approved Employers for 2016


The 2016 STEM Jobs Approved Employers list is the first of its kind to rate companies on their responsiveness to creating and filling high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. The Top 50 STEM Jobs Approved Employers are featured in a recent issue of STEM Jobs magazine, along with industry breakdowns and a special profile of this year’s top-ranked employer, BP. Click image above for more information to view this year's list in its entirety.

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 at the Scientific Interface

BWF Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

BWF Career Awards for Medical Scientists

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Researchers said this week that wear and tear on what gene makes us less social? The answer is OXT Gene, also known as the "love hormone." Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

The U.S. Navy has invested $750,000 to develop what to sniff out explosives?

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.

Summer & Fall

NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program

NCTA Leadership Retreat

NCHICA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition

5th Biennial North Carolina Summit on USA/China Education

CED Tech Venture Conference

The Close It Summit: Shift Happens


NCCCS 2016 Conference: Pathways to Success

NCAIS Annual Educators Conference

5th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

NCREN Community Day 2016

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

Greenhouse STEM Education Labs and Urban Farms - Project SEED

SEED Foundation of North Carolina promotes urban sustainability through Greenhouse STEM Education Labs. Labs are equipped with aquaponic and hydroponic farming technology in order to provide hands-on, project-based STEM education for K-12 grade students in urban schools. The content of the curriculum is conveyed through the lens of urban farming and addresses topics in biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences as well as the living environment. 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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