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February 10, 2017 - Volume 3


NC STEM Center one-stop calendar for STEM programs and opportunities

Did you know that the NC STEM Center has a STEM calendar of events across North Carolina? The NC STEM Center's goal is to be the first stop for parents and educators to gain information about STEM programming across the state. By collaborating with other nonprofits, this online portal helps introduce parents and educators to STEM organizations in North Carolina. If you are looking for summer camps, afterschool programs or STEM activities for the whole family, this resource covers the state with events for all age groups. If you run a STEM program in North Carolina, the NC STEM Center has launched an enhanced registration process that allows you to create an account on the site with the option of identifying yourself as a program administrator. As a program administrator, you can post your programs within our state-wide database of STEM activities as well as add events or opportunities to the portal. To view existing opportunities, just click on the “Find” tab on the home page and go to “Opportunities.” Additionally, by placing your programs within, your information may also be shared with The Connectory, the nation's largest STEM programming database. For access to additional site content or to “Share” your STEM program and opportunities, click here to get started! We hope you enjoy this valuable resource for STEM education in North Carolina. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy!


Public School Forum shares Top 10 Education Issues for 2017

The Public School Forum of North Carolina released its Top 10 Education Issues for 2017 last month at its Third Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast.



Report: Rural Matters in North Carolina

Data, maps, and in-depth comprehensive research in this EdNC article provides a powerful starting point for the need to have more conversations about education in rural North Carolina.



State names Regional Teachers of the Year

Nine teachers across North Carolina have been selected as the state’s Regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve. They now will compete for the title of the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.



NIEHS summer PD applications open for high school teachers

High school educators interested should apply before March 17 for the 2017 Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience - a two-week summer program by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences designed to help high school teachers better understand basic research in biomedical sciences.


STEM Spotlight

National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC)


The nation faces a growing cyber threat as well as a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. To ensure our country's future national security and economic growth, we must build a strong cyber workforce. The United States will require approximately one million more STEM professionals than what will be produced at current rates over the next decade. NICERC focuses on STEM Curriculum design, Computer Science Curriculum design, Cyber Curriculum design, professional development, and collaboration in K-12 education.. Click or tap the image above or use this link to learn more.

Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends


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

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: What is the name of the new movie telling the true stories of three female African American mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960s? The answer: Hidden Figures.

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

Scientists say a newly-discovered gecko species from Madagascar is a master escape artist. It's extremely fast. But, what makes this particular lizard so special when it needs to escape danger?

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 Find Opportunities to browse other upcoming opportunities.

Events Calendar

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?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Young Women in Bio - RTP Chapter

Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women in Bio, Research Triangle Chapter, to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging girls in K-12 to consider STEM fields as a career choice. North Carolina ranks biotechnology as one of the top three industries in the state and RTP has been ranked one of the top areas in biotechnology development in the nation. YWIB is committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM by sharing their passion for STEM with girls around the Raleigh/Durham area.. Click or tap 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.




Have STEM News or an Event to Share?

The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina.
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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