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February 23, 2017 - Volume 4


STEM East names new executive director

The NCEast Alliance has named Bruce Middleton the Executive Director of the STEMEast Network. Middleton succeeds Dr. Steve Hill, who resigned in November after seven years to become the superintendent for Bertie County Schools. During his tenure, he was instrumental in developing partnerships between educators and employers to further implement STEM education throughout eastern North Carolina. Since 2009, the STEM East Network has assisted member county school districts in securing roughly $14 million to assist with the development of STEM strategies that benefit teachers, students and ultimately employers and communities. Additionally, STEM East has been instrumental in establishing 55 STEM centers in middle schools throughout the region. Last year, STEM East, in association with The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, was chosen to represent North Carolina as one of 27 entities across the country to participate in the STEM EcoSystem established by the National STEM Funders Network (NSFN). The NSFN will continue to collaborate with these 27 organizations to promote and develop STEM education in their respective regions throughout the U.S. Please join us in welcoming Bruce Middleton! Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy!


Report spells out how NC can cash in on growing 'data economy'

North Carolina has the brain power, educational system, and the technology business sector that can propel it to the top in the emerging data economy, says a new report by the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation.



Let's head on down to STEMville to kick-off NC Science Festival

Kicking off the North Carolina Science Festival on April 8, this half-day science event at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will provide a very unique experience for students in grades 4-7. Registration is $25 by March 24 and scholarships are available.



Syngenta expands STEM support in North Carolina

Syngenta is bolstering its support of STEM education in North Carolina and at the national level by enhancing its summer fellowship program as well as donating $10,000 to the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership.



Elementary teacher combines STEM with real-world systems

At Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, Anthony Johnson has transformed his science and social studies classrooms into “Johnsonville,” a world where each student must find a job, pay bills, mortgage, taxes, and learn by doing projects.


STEM Spotlight

Your online stop for STEM programs and opportunities


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. Our online portal helps introduce parents and educators to STEM organizations in North Carolina. Click here or the image above to get started!

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: 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? The answer: Breakaway Scales. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

How many Earth-sized planets did astronomers say they found this week orbiting the same star 40 light-years away?

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 TIES Conference 2017

Evening at PARI (Spring Night Skies)

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

North Carolina Arboretum

Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, the North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region. 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.




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