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March 9, 2017 - Volume 5


Four North Carolina Students selected to share science projects in Beijing

Four North Carolina students have been selected as finalists for the North Carolina International Science Challenge (NCISC). The NCISC is a yearly North Carolina science competition for high school students that requires them to undertake a research project, write an abstract explaining their research problem, and present their research to a panel of scientists and engineers. The students selected spend a week in Beijing later this month presenting their research, meeting students from other countries, and experiencing various cultural and scientific events. The NCISC is offered jointly by the SMT Center and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Click or tap to view this year's students. Please enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM

Two new laws will let NASA and the National Science Foundation push for women and girls to get into science, math and related fields.



Does your child's math teacher really understand math?

A new report by The National Council on Teacher Quality finds that too many undergraduate teacher prep programs are not delivering the math content elementary teachers need, noting that just 13 percent of programs actually are doing a good job.



Agribusiness students succeed close to home

The best place to get an education in agribusiness might not always be the heart of a big city, as a number of students at Beaufort County Community College have found.



PARI receives science museum grant

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman has been awarded a $61,913 grant from the N.C. Science Museums Grant Program.


STEM Spotlight

MOONBOTS: A Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge


The MOONBOTS Challenge is an international online competition encouraging youth 8-17 years old to form a team, and learn about lunar exploration using STEM and their imagination. Enter now until July 30 to win robots, 3-D printers, software and the Grand Prize trip to either USA, India, Japan, New Zealand or Israel to meet winners of the Google Lunar XPRIZE! Click here or tap 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. How many Earth-sized planets did astronomers say they found this week orbiting the same star 40 light-years away? The answer: Seven. Thanks for all the correct answers!

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

In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM reported this week that it has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data onto what?

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

Evening at PARI (Spring Night Skies)

E2 Summit: Connecting Employers & Educators

NC CAP 2017 SYNERGY Conference

STEMConnector: Big Data Town Hall

NC Science Festival 2017

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Extreme X-STEM Symposium

MCNC Open House

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

2017 Close It Summit

Have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

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Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Wonder Connection: NC Botanical Gardens

Wonder Connections engages hospitalized children with the wonders of science through meaningful learning experiences and to promote healing and hope through positive connections with nature. These nature-based activities and lessons are designed to be hands-on, interactive, patient-centered, and based on North Carolina plants and animals. 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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