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December 1, 2016 - Volume 22

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How will 'change' impact STEM education?

Change is an inevitable part of life. It happens whether we’re ready or not. As the end of 2016 draws near, we now look ahead to a new year full of possibilities, full of opportunities, and yes, full of change. Businesses must change in one way or another to achieve/maintain success as well as stay competitive. Successful change requires a planned approach to make necessary changes, and leaders who are skilled in implementing those changes. Same holds true in education. In this issue we take a look at how our students compare to global peers in math and science, reflect on some of the lessons learned from a study trip to Singapore this summer, and highlight both the new U.S. Secretary of Education and North Carolina’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction - two big changes for our state and nation going into 2017. It’s too early to determine if the changes witnessed so far after November's general election are going to be bad or good for teachers, students and their families. But, one thing is certain - at some point, it was inevitable. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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Trump chooses Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education

President-elect Donald Trump has named Michigan philanthropist and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education.

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Mark Johnson wins NC superintendent race

Winston-Salem attorney Mark Johnson is North Carolina’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Report: U.S. students trail their global peers in math, science

There’s some good news and some not-so-good news coming from a new report ranking countries’ K-12 education efforts in math and science.

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Computer Science (not just coding) needs bigger role in STEM

For more than a decade, educators, business leaders and policymakers have talked about STEM education — but a new study suggests that at least one increasingly important field is being left out, and it is vital to our nation’s students and economic prosperity.

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STEM Spotlight

2016 in Review
Lessons from Singapore

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In July, 11 middle school and high school educators from North Carolina traveled to Singapore to learn about the best practices of teaching mathematics and science from their counterparts in one of the world’s most-acclaimed education systems. The trip was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholars Program. Click the image above or this link to view all of the articles about the study trip to Singapore this summer that were published in EdNC.


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


STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: On Sunday (Nov. 13) skywatchers were 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? The answer: Beaver Moon. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

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

What happens at exactly 5:44 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016?

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 Find Opportunities to browse other upcoming opportunities.

Events Calendar

Chapel Hill Math Circle Workshop for Teachers

InnovateNC: Greensboro Convening

EdCamp STEM West: The Unconference

2017 Emerging Issues Focus Forum: kidoNomiCs

NC TIES Conference 2017

E2 Summit: Connecting Employers & Educators

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

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Regional STEM Resources

NC Center for Biomedical Research (NCABR)

The NC Center for Biomedical Research (NCABR) is dedicated to advancing all North Carolinians' appreciation for the remarkable benefits of bioscience research and careers. Members include academia, industry, government, non-profit research organizations and professional societies. NCABR plays a leading role in North Carolina and the nation by providing objective, timely and authoritative information to students, educators, government representatives, the media, members of the research community and the general public. 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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