NC to India, Best STEM High Schools, PEAP and Shark Week: This is your e-Update

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July 27, 2017 - Volume 14


NC teachers head to India on STEM mission

Six North Carolina teachers are traveling to India with EdNC’s Mebane Rash thanks to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in partnership with the University of North Carolina and Go Global NC. From Bangalore to Delhi to Agra, the teachers are going to India on a fact-finding mission to learn more about economic development, rural education, private and public education, STEM, and building a future-forward education system. They will be visiting schools and other educational outposts to learn more about how India educates its children. EdNC’s coverage in real time will allow you to experience the trip first hand. EdNC introduced this year’s international travel experience to India in this article. Each BWF Scholar will be introduced and featured, starting with this first one. You also can track future related articles through the Sparking STEM section of EdNC as well as track postings and highlights using the hashtag #BWFGLOBAL. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or other thoughts about this issue or future ones.


2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party

As part of the 2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will hold an onsite eclipse viewing event for the public on Monday, Aug. 21.




NC Innovative School District plan presented to State Board

The superintendent of North Carolina’s new statewide school district created to include some of the state’s lowest-performing schools was outlined to the State Board of Education this month, which is aims at turning around a number of the state’s chronically struggling schools.





USDoE names 2017 President’s Education Awards Program

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week congratulated the 2017 President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) recipients, recognizing nearly 3 million elementary, middle and high school graduates for their educational accomplishments.




Shark Week: 20,000 Careers Under the Sea

In honor of Discovery’s Shark Week, Change the Equation takes a deep dive into STEM career prospects for budding marine scientists.



STEM Spotlight

2017 Best High Schools for STEM


Early College at Guilford in Greensboro has been named in the Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report recently released list of the Best High Schools for STEM across the nation. To determine the top STEM schools, U.S. News looked at the top 500 public schools from the latest Best High Schools rankings, and then evaluated their students' participation and success in Advanced Placement (AP) science and math tests. Click here to see this year's full list or the image above.

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 Database

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: 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. The answer: Lower 48 was 1979. The next time a total solar eclipse will traverse from coast to coast will be in 2045. No correct answers this time, but thanks for all the participation. Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

An elusive new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered by an international team of researchers. The previously undescribed species has been named 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

NC Chamber 2017 Conference on Education

2017 Close It Summit

6th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

Have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

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Regional STEM Resources

Wake/UTD Problem-Based Learning

Wake Forest School of Medicine Problem-Based Learning and the University of Texas at Dallas Project-Based Learning have partnered to help educators discover an approach to learning that engages students and motivates them to achieve. 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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