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October 13, 2016 - Volume 19

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Nominations now open to celebrate science, mathematics and technology in North Carolina

N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center annually offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina are helping to advance education in the state. Categories include K-8 teacher, 9-16 teacher, informal educator, administrator, student leadership as well as awards that recognize businesses and organizations supporting STEM education. Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000 and will be honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Deadline to nominate is Dec. 1. Click here for more information and view videos of last year's winners. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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NSF-funded afterschool program powers up in Durham

NC State education experts are weeks away from launching a National Science Foundation-funded afterschool program at two Durham middle schools, but students’ ideas are already flowing.

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Eight NC public schools awarded national blue ribbons

Eight North Carolina public schools have been named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. These schools are among 279 public and 50 private schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

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Triangle leaders unite to promote women in STEM

A group of 60 female leaders in the Triangle are working together to ensure the success of women in STEM.

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NC A&T helps open Center for Advancing STEM Leadership

North Carolina A&T State University has collaborated with three other universities to launch the Center for Advancing STEM Leadership.

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STEM Spotlight

Essential Components of STEM education

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Schools seeking to build, strengthen or improve their STEM education programs now have a 14-point checklist to use as a guide, thanks to NSF-funded research from George Washington University, George Mason University, and SRI International. Click the image above to learn more.


Resources & Tools

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North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

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



STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What is the name of the world's largest telescope that went live on Sept. 25? The answer is FAST - The 500 Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). Thanks for participating!

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

A new UNICEF study exploring the gender gap and disparities in children aged between 5 and 14 years worldwide says that girls do what more than boys during these years? Bonus, if you can cite how many more hours?

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

World View Global Education K-12 Symposium

NCAIS Annual Educators Conference

5th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

NCREN Community Day 2016

NC Tech Awards Gala

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

Girls Empowered by Math and Science (GEMS)

The Girls Empowered by Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program prepares girls for future career and economic success through education. GEMS is designed to accelerate academic achievement in science, mathematics and technology, to spark enduring interest in these fields, and to increase the number of females choosing to enter into STEM fields. 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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