NC Science Festival finale, State TOY, STEM Month and Ed-Tech Billions: This is your e-Update

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April 20, 2017 - Volume 8

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Lisa Godwin named NC Teacher of the Year

Lisa Godwin, a Dixon Elementary School kindergarten teacher from Onslow County, was named the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson recently announced the award, which Godwin received over eight other regional finalists throughout the state. Godwin succeeds Bobbie Cavnar, the 2016 winner and English teacher from Gaston County. Read the full story and watch video on EdNC. Also in this issue we explore some interesting as well as fiscally staggering Ed-Tech research in our STEM Spotlight, highlight SCONC in our regional program section, and put a bow on all the remaining activities this weekend for the N.C. Science Festival. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.

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Governor Cooper declares April 2017 STEM Education Month

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper has declared April 2017 as STEM Education Month in North Carolina. Details from the official proclamation made on April 6 are provided via the link below.

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N.C. Science Festival wraps up this weekend

The N.C. Science Festival has entered its final week for 2017, and the two-week celebration of all things science comes to an end on Sunday. Check out all of the mostly free events happening across the state this weekend on the festival's website.

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Focus in Sound features Dr. Todd Boyette

Dr. Todd Boyette is the director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also one of the co-founders of the N.C. Science Festival, now in its seventh year. Enjoy the podcast highlighting his work with the festival.

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Six awesome STEM Blogs to follow

In addition to the official NC STEM blog of course, here are six other STEM blogs that you just might find to be indispensable based on the information and resources they provide. If you have a favorite not on the list, please share it with us.

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STEM Spotlight

K-12 schools could save billions by sharing Ed-Tech

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U.S. schools could save at least $3 billion a year on educational technology by sharing information about how much they pay for hardware and software, according to estimates by the Technology for Education Consortium. Click here or the image above to view the report and prepared infographic.


Resources & Tools

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North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

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Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard

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U.S. Department of Education

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources

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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: Plants have been growing at a rate far faster than at any other time in the last 54,000 years, according to new research. What did researchers say is the reason? The answer: Plants are converting 31% more carbon dioxide than they were before Industrial Revolution. Thanks for all who participated and for all the correct answers!

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

Scientists say they've reached a milestone on the way to switching on the world's biggest what, which is designed to capture images of structures and processes at the atomic level?

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!

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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

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Regional STEM Resources

Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC)

Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC), which the group proudly affirms their acronym is pronounced "Skunk," is a professional association of science, health and technology communicators. The group was founded in 2007 in Research Triangle Park to provide fellowship and networking among folks who bring science to the public. Click or tap on the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this valuable STEM resource in North Carolina.

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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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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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