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August 25, 2016 - Volume 16


President Obama recognizes four North Carolina
teachers for mathematics and science

Justin Osterstrom (science), Kayonna Pitchford (mathematics), Karen Newman (science), and Lauren Baucom (mathematics) were among 213 teachers nationwide recognized this month as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. View all of this year's recipients. PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Winners of this honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations to our North Carolina recipients. You make us proud! Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


Improving STEM in America and making it more diverse

Shirley Malcom, prior advisory committee member and chair of BWF Student Science Enrichment Program, speaks with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about the state of STEM in America and ways to improve diversity in STEM fields.



Grant funds NC Science Festival Ambassadors, STEM programs

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded a grant to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create and enhance NC Science Festival programs.



Lawmakers briefed on importance of rural afterschool programs

Afterschool programs can be integral to the fabric of a rural community — including STEM learning experiences, community connections, caring mentors, and healthy snacks and meals. Congressional representatives recently were briefed by national experts about why afterschool programs in rural America are a critical resource.



Lenoir, Greene County Schools receive Golden LEAF grants for STEM

Students in Lenoir and Greene counties will soon be able to enjoy new hands-on learning opportunities, courtesy of a pair of grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation.


STEM Spotlight

#ChamberED: Forging partnerships with education and business


The NC Chamber hosted a conference on education this month to bring together leaders in education and in different businesses and industries. Panelists and speakers helped the two worlds learn from one another and bridge the gap in students’ skills and businesses’ needs. Click the image above to view videos and read more about this year's event.

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

Save On Energy Teacher Grants

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. has officially given a private company approval to what space travel milestone? The answer is flying commercial missions to the moon. Thanks for participating and for all the correct answers!

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

What is the name of the newly-discovered planet ESO astronomers believe might be habitable?

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

NCHICA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition

5th Biennial North Carolina Summit on USA/China Education

CED Tech Venture Conference

Career Readiness: A Business-Led Approach for Supporting K-12 Schools

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

STARS Computing Corps at UNC Charlotte

The STARS Leadership Corps (Corps) is a multi-year experience providing students with support throughout their academic journey. The Corps fosters an extended student community among academia, industry, and the community through civic engagement, mentoring, and professional development and/or research experiences to promote recruitment and leadership development through service learning. The Corps has been implemented with the following central values that have been shown to be effective for recruiting and graduating under-represented students in computing. Click the image or orange 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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