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

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May 18, 2017 - Volume 10


28 NC teachers join 2017-2018 Kenan Fellows

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership has announced its 2017–18 fellowship awards for K–12 educators. Twenty-eight teachers from across North Carolina have been selected from a pool of more than 125 highly-qualified applicants. The 2017–18 Kenan Fellows will spend at least three weeks of their summer interning with local experts in agriculture, telecommunications, nanotechnology, cell research, energy, computing and other STEM fields. The fellowships are made possible through the generous support of the program’s many corporate, education and foundation partners including: Biogen Foundation, Google Fiber, GSK, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Four County Electric Membership Corporation, NC State University, Ply Gem, USDA, Alamance County Farm Bureau, IBM, SAMSI, Goodnight Educational Foundation, Surry County Farm Bureau, Wilson County Farm Bureau, UNC Chapel Hill, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Also in this issue we recognize Sen. Howard Lee, take a look at the NSF's new STEM for All Video Showcase, explore K-12 engineering education, and take a trip to Waxhaw. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Senator Howard Lee to receive Public School Forum's Education Leadership Award

Former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee will receive the prestigious 2017 Public School Forum of North Carolina Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award at a gala event tonight (May 18) at the Raleigh Convention Center.




Microsoft Philanthropies expands TEALS to more than 31 states

Microsoft Philanthropies has expanded the TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program, which pairs technology professionals with teachers to "co-teach" computer science.





The ins and outs of K-12 engineering education

National interest in K-12 engineering education has been growing. Yet, it is estimated that only a small percentage of K–12 students are exposed to engineering-related coursework in school. This spotlight provides examples of NSF-funded programs that show promise for educating future generations of scientifically literate and engineering-talented adults.




Exciting STEM learning at Pamlico High School

Staff at Pamlico County High School are working hard to integrate STEM activities into their classrooms on a daily basis. Students and staff also are benefiting from grant funds that are allowing educators to participate in professional development activities related to STEM areas.



STEM Spotlight

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching


The STEM for All Video Showcase has returned for its third year of highlighting innovative, federally-funded research that improves education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. From May 15-22, the showcase, supported by National Science Foundation, provides researchers the opportunity to feature their work in three-minute videos posted to the STEM for All website. Visitors then can participate in online discussions with the researchers and vote for their favorites on social media. Click here or the image above to view videos and learn more.

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: Famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned us recently that we must do what in the next 100 years? The answer: Colonize another planet. Thanks for all who participated!

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

On a remote, uninhabited island in the Pacific, scientists were stunned to find this week that it's covered in 38 million pieces of 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

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

STEM Industry Summit

WRESA/NCASA Summer Leadership Conference 2017

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

Waxhaw Kid Coders

Waxhaw Kid Coders just minutes from South Charlotte offers hands-on home school, after school and weekend workshops where kids build and code Lego robots as well as how to prototype with Arduino micro-controllers and learn how to create video games and animated stories using MIT's Scratch and Stencil. 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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