Vision 2030, Fall STEM Events, and Experts at Anything: This is your e-Update

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October 27, 2016 - Volume 20


How important are skills to
occupational wages in North Carolina?

Is it better to focus efforts on acquiring academic credentials or skills if you’re working toward building a good-paying career? The answer, not surprisingly, is both. But new research by the Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division, with support by NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues, gives evidence to the relationship between education, skills, and wages and quantifies their impacts on North Carolina occupations. The four clusters of skills identified can be categorized as: General skills, Technical skills, Management skills, and “STEM” skills. This finding further demonstrates that skills are indeed a significant determinant of occupational wages in North Carolina along with educational attainment and experience. This report as it may be particularly pertinent to educators and administers at all levels. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


What are the reasons teachers call it quits?

According to NPR, the U.S. teaching force "I'm outta here" rate is an estimated 8 percent a year — twice that of high-performing countries like Finland or Singapore. And, that 8 percent is a lot higher than other professions.



RENCI supercomputer tracks storm surge from Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc along the eastern U.S. coastline this month, RENCI's Dell PowerEdge supercomputer worked overtime to provide emergency management officials with accurate storm surge data.



Biogen Foundation opens grant applications for science teachers

The Biogen Foundation created a micro-grant program to promote science in North Carolina called “Ignite the Power of STEM.” Grant applications are due before Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.



Kannapolis City Schools get grant to advance STEM in classrooms

The Kannapolis Education Foundation has donated $20,000 to Kannapolis City Schools to buy educational resources for KCS classrooms.


STEM Spotlight

SMT Awards: Nominations now open through Dec. 1


The N.C. Science, Mathematics, 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 that support STEM education. Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000. Recipients of the awards will be honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Deadline to nominate is Dec. 1. Click here or the image above for more information and to view videos of last year's winners.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

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

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant

Save On Energy Teacher Grants

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia 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. The answer: Household Chores. And, as the study notes, they perform 106 million more hours daily than boys their age. Thanks for participating!

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

Scientists revealed this week that what in the atmosphere has passed a worrying threshold?

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.

Fall Calendar

NCREN Community Day 2016

43rd Annual NOBCChE Conference

Scaling STEM Success

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

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Founded in 1992, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate located on the grounds of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. By telling the stories of the people who shaped our aviation heritage, the Carolinas Aviation Museum inspires future generations to write aviation’s next chapter. Click on the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this valuable STEM resource in 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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