Vision 2030, Fall STEM Events, and Experts at Anything: This is your e-Update

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March 23, 2017 - Volume 6


Governor's first State of the State address
puts emphasis on NC education

In his first State of the State address, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper reached out to lawmakers to find a mutual vision on a unifying cause: the state’s children and their future. The governor touted his latest proposal called Making NC a Top 10 Educated State, which outlines a five percent average teacher salary raise over the next two years, the addition of 4,700 N.C. Pre-K slots, and $30 million for classroom and digital materials. Education is front and center in the governor's recently-released budget proposal, citing a total spend $13.4 billion on education — about $9.3 billion of that total on the state’s K-12 system. Cooper's budget also would bring back a popular program previously known as N.C. Teaching Fellows (read more about it below). Cooper’s overall $23.5 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1 contains $1.1 billion in additional total spending to what Republicans approved in the current budget law. Click or Tap here to read Gov. Cooper's remarks, as prepared for delivery. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger delivered the Republican response to Cooper’s address. That is available here. Please enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Bill would create new Teaching Fellows program w/ STEM focus

After ending a previous teacher scholarship program, state lawmakers have proposed a new version that would provide forgivable loans for new teachers who agree to teach in North Carolina in STEM subjects as well as special education.



NC improves in CER's latest Charter School rankings

The Center for Education Reform (CER) has released its annual ranking of charter school laws and North Carolina was one of two states that improved their rankings the most from 2015 to 2016, moving from 23rd place to 13th.



UNC launches ‘Creating Scientists’ initiative

UNC Chapel Hill has launched a five-year initiative, “Creating Scientists: Learning by Connecting, Doing and Making,” to expose undergraduates to more hands-on research and collaborative opportunities as well as help them hone their analytical and problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems.



Apply now for BWF Student Science Enrichment Program

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has opened applications for the 2017 Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards. Awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. Deadline to apply is April 18.


STEM Spotlight

Expanding Opportunity: Citizen Schools Impact Report


A new study by Citizen Schools demonstrates measurable impact in academic growth and achievement that is helping to narrow the opportunity gap in our schools. This report includes key national and regional results from the 2016 academic year as well as introductions to just a few of the many supporters and volunteers who make it possible for middle schoolers across the country to discover and achieve their dreams.! Click here or tap the image above to view the full report.

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: 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? The answer: A single atom. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch in the future? Thanks for all who participated and the correct answers!

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

On Tuesday, what insect became the first bee in the continental United States to take an official spot on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered species list?

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

Carolinas Engineering Cluster: Southeastcon 2017

NCEast Alliance: 2017 State of the Region

NC CAP 2017 SYNERGY Conference

STEMConnector: Big Data Town Hall

NC Science Festival 2017

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Extreme X-STEM Symposium

Spring 2017 Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership

NCTA State of Technology Conference

MCNC Open House

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

2017 Close It Summit

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

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Pitt County Robotics

Pitt County Robotics exposes students to STEM careers and projects by using the FIRST robotics program. It also mentors FLL (FIRST Lego League) teams in eastern North Carolina as well as host a regional FLL tournament in the fall. This program to date has introduced the basics of STEM concepts to more than 12,000 people in the local community. 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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