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July 21, 2016 - Volume 14

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North Carolina students and teachers
energized by $2.7 million in Duke Energy grants

Duke Energy has invested more than $2.7 million into 52 innovative education programs and initiatives across North Carolina. These 2016 grants from the Duke Energy Foundation aim to enhance educational programs focused on STEM and childhood reading proficiency – critical building blocks for student success from kindergarten through their professional careers. More than 50 schools and education organizations in North Carolina have received support. Click here for more details and the full list of grant recipients. Also in this issue we'll explore opportunities with the "Genius Bar" in our schools, how NFL players are tackling STEM today, our regional program highlight in Jacksonville, and of course don't forget STEM Trivia. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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State Board of Education extends Proof of Concept Study

Members of the North Carolina State Board of Education recently approved the extension of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Proof of Concept Study into the 2016-17 school year.

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NFL players are tackling STEM

Along with groups like Project Lead The Way and Athletes for Charity, pro football players are helping kids see the value of pursuing STEM.

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Registration for SciREN Triangle 2016 is open

Calling all North Carolina STEM educators: Meet researchers and get new (free) lesson plan ideas at the SciREN Triangle Networking Event on Sept. 9.

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NC residents win awards at manufacturing conferences

Three NC participants at two national conferences each received awards and recognition this month for outstanding contributions in manufacturing.

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STEM Spotlight

Beyond the Genius Bar

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What if we took the opportunity to cultivate leadership along with student-led technology teams in our schools? Interesting idea, yes? Learn more about this popular movement in schools via EdSurge. Click the image above for more information and get the full story.


Resources & Tools

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North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

The Connectory

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Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard

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U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources

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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: The U.S. Navy has invested $750,000 to develop what to sniff out explosives? The answer is Cyborg Locusts. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

This week researchers unveiled what is now being called a milestone in neuroscience?

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!

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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

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

2016 Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

UNC CAUSE 2016

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

Sturgeon City Civic and Environmental Center

Sturgeon City Civic and Environmental Center based in Jacksonville, N.C., fosters awareness, appreciation and understanding of Eastern North Carolina's local environment. The group's goal is to help kids get into the outdoors by providing opportunities to make science come to life. Click the image or button below to learn more about this valuable STEM resource in North Carolina.

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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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It is a project of North Carolina SMT Center in collaboration with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Community College System, UNC General Administration, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and others.

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