2017 SMT Awards, MoMath, 100kin10 and Professors in Classrooms: This is your e-Update

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May 4, 2017 - Volume 9


2017 SMT Awards honors North Carolina's
best and brightest in STEM education

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the annual SMT Awards. SMT Center President and CEO Dr. Sam Houston began the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration on April 29 by highlighting the achievements of individuals and organizations from the past year. View this year's award recipients. A crowd of 450 people enjoyed the reception and dinner at the Hilton North Raleigh. In addition to recognizing STEM-award winning students and teachers across North Carolina, the SMT Center also highlighted its own awardees through video presentations. View videos on SMT Center's YouTube channel. And, our friends at EdNC did a wonderful job capturing the event on social media through Storify. Please consider nominees for next year’s SMT Awards, information is on the SMT Center website and the deadline will be on Dec. 5. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Proposal would allow college professors to teach K-12 classrooms

The N.C. Senate has passed a bill to allow community college and university professors to work as adjunct instructors in K-12 classrooms without teaching licenses. The bill, called "Professors in the Classroom," is one of several proposed to alleviate teacher shortages in math, science, and special education across various grade levels throughout the state.




Bill Clinton reiterates 100Kin10 commitment for STEM teachers

In 2011, former President Barack Obama implored the nation to add 100,000 STEM teachers to the workforce. That call to action spurred the launch of 100Kin10, a nonprofit that has been working with more than 280 organizations nationwide to achieve that goal by 2021. Six years and 40,000 teachers later, another former commander-in-chief has asked that all of us to keep up the momentum.





New STEM Center planned in Lincolnton

Officials in Lincolnton are discussing a plan to turn the Block Smith Gymnasium into a science, technology, engineering and mathematics museum and education center for the local community.




35 opportunities to fuel a kid's entrepreneurial spirit this summer

If your kids are already curious about coding and science or you want to introduce them to these and other entrepreneurial skills, ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman provides an extensive list of offerings for kids of all ages.



STEM Spotlight

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching


If you are a math teacher with an original lesson you think is phenomenal, MoMath invites you to apply for the 2017 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching. Designed to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms, the Rosenthal Prize carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities. The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators across the country. The application process currently is open! Click here or the image above to apply. Submission period closes May 24.

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: 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? The answer: The first X-ray laser light. No winners this week, but thanks for all who participated!

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

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned us this week that we must do what in the next 100 years?

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

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

Compass Youth Center

Compass Youth Center in Warrenton is Community Outreach and Mentoring Programs Assisting the Socially Suppressed. It provides education opportunities and services to empower and engage youth in northeastern North Carolina with a central focus on creation and successful delivery of quality socioeconomic and community-based programs. 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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