World Skills Day, PL, SoD, Startups and STEM: This is your e-Update

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July 13, 2017 - Volume 13


STEM for World Youth Skills Day

Skills are the foundation of modern life. When youth have the chance to gain career skills earlier in life, they build character, confidence, and success. Society benefits from having a generation of highly-skilled workers. These are the principals behind World Youth Skills Day, celebrated every year on July 15. Follow the #SkillsForAll hashtag to learn how skills can help individuals, communities, and countries create a more prosperous future. High-quality STEM opportunities help youth develop critical-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. These skills are key for future job security, as STEM-related jobs are some of the fastest growing jobs in the country and 80 percent of all future jobs will require STEM literacy and skills. For each of the components of STEM, you will find opportunities in The Connectory, which offers a streamlined way to take advantage of dozens of learning opportunities (summer camps, workshops, career fairs, competitions, and other time-bound STEM events). NC STEM Center is proud to collaborate with The Connectory. If you have a program doing great work to promote STEM education in North Carolina, please share it through our web portal. Through our partnership with The Connectory, programs listed on NC STEM Center also are sent to The Connectory’s national database for possible inclusion. Please join us in recognizing World Youth Skills Day this Saturday (July 15) and enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


One school’s journey to becoming a STEM School of Distinction

Five years ago Weatherstone Elementary became a Wake County STEM school. This year the school was selected by the state as a “Model Level of Achievement” within the STEM Schools of Distinction program. Read EdNC's exclusive story on how the school achieved this success.




How startup ecosystem fares in North Carolina’s 2017 budget

ExitEvent provides in-depth analysis of the 2017 legislative session for key budget changes (or lack there of) that impact entrepreneurs and STEM education's important role.





New Hanover’s ROCAME recipient of Regional STEM Award

Region “O” Council for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (ROCAME), which includes New Hanover County Schools, has received the 2017 Partnership Award from the SMT Center.




Carolinas Aviation Museum seeking new President

The Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is celebrating its 25th year as one of the South's premier aviation museums. The organization also has a heavy focus on STEM education in North Carolina. The Board of Directors is currently seeking a new President. All inquiries, nominations and applications are to be directed via email to PMA Consulting, LLC - use the button below to get in contact.



STEM Spotlight

Observations and Guidance on Implementing Personlized Learning


PL, or Personalized learning, is an approach to education that seeks to allow what and how a student learns on a daily basis to be less constrained by the needs of other students or by external grade-level requirements. As part of a recent study for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RAND Corporation researchers have sought to identify what PL looks like in a small sample of schools that were implementing PL approaches schoolwide. Click here or the image above for the full report.

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

National Science Teachers Association Grant Databaseng

NEA Learning & Leadership Grants

LEGO Children's Fund Grants

Tech Ed Association (ITEEA) Grants

IEEE Engineering Education

NCTM Teacher Professional Development Grants

Walmart Foundation Grants

Association of American Educators Classroom Grants

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: Approximately 2 percent of all people have what eye color? The answer: Green. Thanks for all the participation and congratulations to @mcbride_edutech for being the first to provide the correct answer. Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

When was the last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the Lower 48 states? Bonus point if you know when the next time a total solar eclipse will traverse the United States from coast to coast.

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

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

Eno River Association

Eno River Association is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin. Click or tap on the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this 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.




Have STEM News or an Event to Share?

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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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