STEM Schools of Distinction, STEMmy Awards and Green Summer: This is your e-Update

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June 8, 2017 - Volume 11


State BoE honors STEM Schools of Distinction

The North Carolina State Board of Education has recognized three public schools for exemplary leadership and instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. These schools are the latest to be recognized under NCDPI's STEM Recognition Program. The STEM Schools of Distinction for the 2016-17 school year include Hilburn Academy, Wake County Schools, Model Level of Achievement; Weatherstone Elementary, Wake County Schools, Model Level of Achievement; and Hendersonville Elementary, Henderson County Schools, Prepared Level of Achievement. Overall, 11 applications were submitted for possible recognition. To receive this honor, STEM Schools of Distinction are rooted in a culture where creativity and inquiry exists between and among students, teachers, administrators and community members with an emphasis on engaging students in a way of innovation and problem solving to seek solutions, and collaborative teamwork. Congratulations to each of these schools! Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


UNC Charlotte receives $2M boost from Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation is committing $2 million to the University’s Exponential Campaign, specifically to support the Charlotte Engineering Early College and Women in Computing Initiative.




Summer PD: Inspiring Innovation in Student Research Workshops

NC Science & Engineering Fair Workshop are available all across the state this summer on a variety of dates for teachers of grades 3-12. Participants receive a $50 stipend. Learn more and register before the site near you fills up.





NCEast gets grant to promote sustainability

The NCEast Alliance in partnership with ECU Department of Engineering have been awarded a Pollution Prevention Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to educate food processors and manufacturers on ways to improve efficiency and profitability all while reducing their environmental footprint.




EdNC features the NC STEM Center e-update

EducationNC (EdNC) seeks to expand the educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools. In addition to outstanding education news coverage in North Carolina, this online resource now shares your NC STEM Center e-Update.



STEM Spotlight

2017 STEMmy Awards


STEM in the Park (formerly US2020) recently hosted the second annual STEMmys to celebrate the winners of their 10 STEM categories. More than 120 people attended the event in Research Triangle Park to celebrate individuals, companies and organizations for the great work they did in STEM this year. The winners were selected by either nominating themselves or being nominated by others in each category. Click here or the image above for the list of 2017 winners.

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: On a remote, uninhabitant island in the Pacific, scientists were stunned to find this week that it's covered in 38 million pieces of what? The answer: Garbage (mostly plastic). Congrats to @CatrinaDBailey to first submit a correct answer. Thanks for all who participated!

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

A new study released this month suggests that what may cause your brain to "eat" parts of itself?

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

STEM Industry Summit

WRESA/NCASA Summer Leadership Conference 2017

NCBCE Teachers@Work Initiative

2017 Close It Summit

6th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

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

Greenhouse STEM Education Labs and Urban Farms

The SEED Foundation of North Carolina promotes urban sustainability through Greenhouse STEM Education Labs. Their 21st century classrooms are leading new generations toward innovative global climate solutions. 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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