Trump on STEM, ESSA, Math Scores and Cybersecurity: This is your e-Update

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November 10, 2016 - Volume 21


New president and his impacts on STEM

How will President-elect Donald Trump work to ensure students get an adequate STEM education and be prepared to address 21st-century challenges? Prior to Tuesday's general election, the candidates for president responded to's Top 20 Science, Engineering, Tech, Health & Environmental Issues in 2016. View the full responses from candidates published early in the fall. As for the new president, he provided this response regarding STEM education in particular on Sept. 27: "There are a host of STEM programs already in existence. What the federal government should do is to make sure that educational opportunities are available for everyone. This means we must allow market influences to bring better, higher-quality educational circumstances to more children. Our cities are a case study in what not to do in that we do not have choice options for those who need access to better educational situations. Our top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to education is failing and is actually damaging educational outcomes for our children. ... The management of our public education institutions should be done at the state and local level, not at the Department of Education." Finally, Scientific American asked for help in grading the presidential candidates on their answers to those 20 questions prior to election day, and you read that analysis here. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!


National report card shows slight growth in math scores

The National Assessment of Educational Progress released the latest report card for students, showing fourth grade students in North Carolina above the national math average and eighth grade students not varying significantly from the national score.



AT&T retailer opens technology grants has launched a new $1,000 teacher grant. The grant is open to college professors and school teachers and asks applicants to write a 300-450 word essay or create a 1-2 minute video that explains how they or their students use internet-connected technology in the classroom. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2017.



The case for STEM in cybersecurity

Our nation needs skilled professionals to protect against cyber attackers. Through research, training and hands-on learning, STEM education can meet that demand by increasing the pool of skilled workers trained in cybersecurity.



Visit NCSSM for a day of demonstrations and inspiration

Teachers, administrators, and education advocates are invited for a Learning Tour, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Durham campus of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Tours are scheduled Nov. 17 and March 14, 2017.


STEM Spotlight

ESSA and K-12 STEM education
What state leaders and STEM professionals need to know


The newly-enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program that will provide more hands-on learning for at-risk students, pay for these students to participate in STEM competitions, and bring other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM subject programs. This webinar provides background on the new legislation and its impact on K-12 STEM education. Click here or the image above for more information.

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

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: Scientists have revealed that what in the atmosphere has passed a worrying threshold? The answer: Carbon Dioxide. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

This Sunday night (Nov. 13) skywatchers will be able to see the largest full moon since 1948, well sort of. What name has this particular moon been dubbed in the media this week?

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

43rd Annual NOBCChE Conference

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

NC FIRST Robotics

NC FIRST Robotics based in Greensboro is committed to ensuring every student in North Carolina has access to a high-quality FIRST experience. NC FIRST Robotics is a partner with US FIRST (founded by Dean Kamen) to inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. It's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 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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