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August 4, 2016 - Volume 15


Olympics bring out best in athletics and science

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil is upon us! This world’s finest athletes have descended upon Rio to compete in feats of strength, skill and talent. The sacrifice and determination of these Olympians working in concert with cutting-edge sports science is helping world-class athletes up their games. And, STEM experts are helping them do just that. For example, researchers in biomechanics work with gymnasts to apply basic science and engineering on movement so they can train smarter and improve their performance. American swimmers Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps have worked with scientists for years to master fluid dynamics while engineers continue to construct pools designed to maximum speed. Olympic timekeeping technology has vastly improved to measure performance with both accuracy and precision to milliseconds. The list goes on and on for almost every sport as science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to be a linchpin for today's modern athlete. Science is a contributing reason why world records continue to be broken every four years. Enjoy the games and the science behind them. Also in this issue we feature NC Greenpower and their work, the new teacher leadership journal from Kenan Fellows, North Carolina's best universities to study computer science, and why mosquito bites itch. It's all here! Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


Four NC universities have best computer science programs


Four North Carolina universities recently received awards from College Choice for having some of the best and most affordable computer science programs in the nation.




North Carolina biotech groups receive $2.5M


Public and private organizations across the state collectively received $2.5 million from the NC Biotech Center to support both research and business.





It's a STEM World, as noted by Cary Magazine


Wake County school teachers, in collaboration with WakeEd and local businesses, are working together to bring real-world STEM education into their classrooms.




Why do mosquito bites itch and other summer science quandaries


While summer often conjures up images of swimming pools and beach umbrellas, it also comes with a few pains (brain freezes, sunburns and bug bites, just to name a few). While scientists can't make them go away (yet), they can at least tell us why we have to suffer through them.



STEM Spotlight

Kenan Fellows Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership


After releasing the first edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL), the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is accepting submissions for the second issue. The JoITL is a peer-reviewed publication featuring original work on educational topics from research to pedagogy to policy and beyond. It is grounded in the belief that education benefits from diversity of thought and the crossing of disciplinary boundaries. Submissions for the next issue will be received until Oct. 31 for publication Jan. 31. Click the image above to read the first issue and learn more.

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 recently unveiled what that is now being called a milestone in neuroscience? The answer is a spectacular new map of the brain that details nearly 100 previously unknown regions. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

The U.S. has officially given a private company approval to what space travel milestone?

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

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


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

NC GreenPower

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC GreenPower is a nonprofit improving our state's environment by supporting renewable energy, carbon offset projects and providing grants for solar installations at K-12 schools. The Solar Schools Project provides matching grants for the installation of 3-5 kW solar PV arrays at schools, providing clean, green renewable energy in our state.. Click the image or the orange button below to learn more about this valuable STEM resource for 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.




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