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January 26, 2017 - Volume 2

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U.S. Department of Education releases guidance on federal funds to support STEM

Ensuring all students have access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is fundamental to the U.S. Department of Education’s goal of providing equitable educational opportunities so all students are prepared to succeed in college, careers and life. To further the goal of high-quality STEM education for all, federal agencies, state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and private-sector partners are encouraged to coordinate their efforts and to use modern research-based methods. The USDoE Guidance Letter on STEM education issued this month aims to help SEAs, LEAs, and their partners better understand how to use federal funds to support PreK–12 STEM education strategies. This letter updates the previous guidance provided April 16, 2016, detailing possible uses of federal funds for the 2016–2017 school year. Read more and get the details on the SMT Blog. We have another great issue of the NC STEM e-Update for you this month, so please enjoy and your feedback is always welcomed. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

Thanks to funding from Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation, teachers are invited to participate in an Innovation Challenge for hands-on, engaging math and science materials to be used outside of class time. Submissions are due by March 24. Also, we're pleased to recognize Claudia Walker from Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro, who is one of six “Science Ambassadors” helping to judge the competition.

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Goodnight Scholars now open to North Carolina transfer students

The Goodnight Scholars Program since 2008 has funded high-achieving students in the STEM and STEM-education fields. Transfer students will now be eligible for this prestigious NC State scholarship who have received their associate degrees from North Carolina community colleges.

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Kenan Fellows Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership

The second issue of Kenan Fellows' publication for K-12 educators will be published online Jan. 31. The third issue is scheduled for July. Submissions for the July issue are will be accepted by March 31.

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These future scientists excel in STEM competition

In June, 15 InvenTeams from across the country will meet at MIT to show off a wide range of inventions for a chance to win a $10,000 grant. North Carolina will be represented by the Catalyst InvenTeam, a group of Wake, Orange and Mecklenburg County students that is unlike the other teams competing - Team Catalyst is made up entirely of students with disabilities.

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STEM Spotlight

Facts & Figures: Education in North Carolina

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This handy guide is designed to give you quick and easy access to key data that will support you in your work to improve North Carolina’s education system. The work was developed by BEST NC, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. Click the image above or this link 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

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for Schools

NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant


PPG Industries Foundation Education and Community Grants


STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: The Moon is much older than previously thought and likely formed how many years ago, according to a study by American scientists? The answer: Formation occurred 4.51 billion years ago, millions of years earlier than previously believed. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

What is the name of the new movie telling the true stories of three female African American mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960s?

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

2017 Emerging Issues Focus Forum: kidoNomiCs

NC Triangle Tech for Schools Summit

NC TIES Conference 2017

E2 Summit: Connecting Employers & Educators

NC CAP 2017 SYNERGY Conference

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Extreme X-STEM Symposium

United States of Anchors: SHLB's 7th Annual Conference

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

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Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Leadership CONNECTIONS, Inc.

Headquartered in Greensboro, Leadership CONNECTIONS, Inc. is a year-round statewide empowerment program providing mentoring and leadership services for young women 14-l7. The organization is an affiliate of the Women's Foundation of North Carolina. Click on the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this valuable 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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