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

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April 6, 2017 - Volume 7


NC students join global innovators in
Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

The Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (BYSCC) is an annual event attracting students and teachers home and abroad to exchange ideas on science and technology. Since its beginning in 1981, the BYSCC has continued to gain popularity among teenagers with an annual increase in the number of participants. The 37th BYSCC was held in the Huairou District in Beijing on March 23 through March 26. It was an invitation to visit and learn, to exchange ideas and research, to collaborate and innovate; together with delegations from around the world - including students from North Carolina. This year's adventures featuring Arjun, Dory, Ana Sofia, and Raymond were documented on EdNC using the #NCEd2China category. We encourage you to take a look at their experience. Also in this week's issue we preview the NC Science Festival that kicks off this weekend throughout North Carolina. c enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Women lack STEM entrepreneurial opportunities

Women are not only underrepresented, but that male-owned STEM businesses out-perform female-owned, according to a new study by RTI and BD2 for the National Women’s Council.


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Solar eclipse workshop offered at PARI

A total solar eclipse crossing several counties in Western North Carolina on Aug. 21 is expected to bring a large number of visitors to the area. To help area schools, businesses and residents prepare for the event, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is offering a community workshop on June 10.



Help develop new NCSSM campus in Morganton

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, in partnership with many groups across the state, is planning a new campus in Morganton (NCSSM-Morganton). The Friday Institute at NC State University is engaging focus groups and distributing surveys to collect information to help develop the new school. Please participate in this brief survey and share it with others who would like to be part of the planning process. NCSSM will open its second campus in 2021 with an initial enrollment of 300 students.



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STEM Spotlight

7th Annual NC Science Festival


Starting on Friday (April 7), the NC Science Festival kicks off a two-week celebration of the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina. The goal is to connect with folks from all walks of life - fostering a sense of community through exciting events that are fun, educational, and inspiring for future generations. There are 429 public events on the calendar for all ages in every county in North Carolina! Click here or tap the image above for more information.

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

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources


STEM Grants & Awards

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 insect recently 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? The answer: The Rusty-Patched Bumblebee. Thanks for all who participated and for all the correct answers!

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

Plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the last 54,000 years, according to new research this week. What did researchers say is the reason?

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 Science Festival 2017

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

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

Hands On! – A Child's Gallery

Hands On! – A Child's Gallery located in downtown Hendersonville provides children and families with “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. 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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