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September 22, 2016 - Volume 18

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What will STEM education look like in 2026?

The U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have released a report on what STEM education will look like in 10 years. The report, STEM 2026, pulls from the work of experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and offers six components of STEM in 2026 that include networked communities of practice, accessible learning activities that invite play and risk, interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, inclusive learning spaces, accessible measures of learning, and societal beliefs that promote diversity in STEM. The report results were developed through a series of workshops convened by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with AIR. View the full report here. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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Connecting America’s classrooms: Giving every child a fair shot

Launched in 2013, ConnectED set a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to high-speed broadband by 2018. Since then, 20 million more students have gained access to high-speed internet in their schools and ConnectED remains on track.

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NCTA names finalists for 2016 NC Tech Awards

The North Carolina Technology Association has announced finalists for the 2016 NC Tech Awards.

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N.C. Central University receives national award for STEM education

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to North Carolina Central University as part of a $14 million initiative to encourage greater diversity in STEM fields.

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Duke to host Exploring Light Technologies

Duke University’s Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics will host an open house, Exploring Light Technologies, as part of “Introduce a Girl to Photonics Week” on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1-4 p.m.

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STEM Spotlight

North Carolina's K-12 Education Plan

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has scheduled a second round of six public comment sessions to receive feedback from educators, parents, students and other stakeholders on the state’s K-12 Education Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public input will help guide the development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. The purpose of this second round of sessions is to provide opportunities for the public to make comments on the rough draft of the state’s plan, which will be posted no later than Oct. 3. Click the image above to learn more.


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

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools


NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant


Save On Energy Teacher Grants


BWF Career Awards for Medical Scientists



STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: According to a Blue Ribbon Panel report released this month embraced by the National Cancer Institute, what may already exist if we made better use of current research data? The answer is Cancer Cures. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

What is the name of the world's largest telescope? Hint: It's goes live on Sept. 25?

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.

Fall Calendar

SciGirls’ Drone Discovery

The Close It Summit: Shift Happens

2016 Million Women Mentors Summit and Gala

UNC CAUSE 2016

Exploring Light Technologies

NCCCS 2016 Conference: Pathways to Success

World View Global Education K-12 Symposium

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

Air Force Association

The Air Force Association (AFA) is non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. Click on the image below or the orange "read more" button 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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