New Education Commissions, WorkReadyNC, Secret Sauce and WELL: This is your e-Update

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Aug. 11, 2017 - Volume 15


North Carolina lawmakers select 18 people
for new education commissions

State lawmakers this month appointed 18 members of the education community to serve on two commissions – the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission and Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. The Teaching Fellows Commission was created to determine which programs will participate and which students will receive forgivable loans starting in the 2018-19 academic year. The Teaching Fellows program also recruits top students to enter the teaching profession by providing them with tuition help and leadership training in exchange for a promise to teach in North Carolina for at least four years. The Educator Preparation Commission will make recommendations to the State Board of Education about all aspects of teacher preparation, licensure, continuing education and standards of conduct. SMT Center President and CEO Dr. Sam Houston was appointed to the Educator Preparation Commission. View the full list of appointees. Also in this issue, the NC Chamber education event this week fueled some great conversations - on and offline. Check out some of our curated coverage in the STEM Spotlight. Finally, the solar eclipse is coming and so are a lot of fall education events as noted in our updated Events section. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. Application deadline is Aug. 29.




InvenTEAM teacher offers secret to success

InvenTeam teacher Joann Blumenfeld from Raleigh is a rarity: a high school teacher credentialed to teach both high school science and special education. Her secret to success for students: No excuses and high expectations.





Discovery Academy seeks STEM Mentors

STEM professionals are needed to mentor 9th grade students attending Knightdale and East Wake High School. Mentors will meet with the same student one-on-one, for one hour, once per month during the school year. Follow the link below for more information.




Visually impaired students attend STEM Camp

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics hosted a group of visually impaired high schoolers on campus this summer for a week-long STEM camp.



STEM Spotlight

NC Chamber 2017 Conference on Education


The annual event hosted by NC Chamber was held on Thursday at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. We curated some awesome social media conversations captured from #WorkReadyNC this year. The SMT Center was proud to be a Gold Sponsor. ICYMI this week, you can now catch up on some of the online discussions. Click here to participate in the story or tap 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

Tech Ed Association (ITEEA) Grants

National Council of Mathematics Grants

STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: An elusive new species of ocean sunfish has been discovered by an international team of researchers led by a Murdoch University Ph.D. student. The previously undescribed species has been named what? The answer: The Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta). No correct answers this time, but thanks for all the participation. Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse?

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

Aug. 21, 2017: Solar Eclipse

NCSSM STEM Hall of Fame Gala

2017 Close It Summit

Environmental Educators of North Carolina 2017 Annual Conference

NCSLA 2017 Fall Meeting

NCSTA Fall 2017 PDI Sessions

6th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

Lights on Afterschool

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

Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab (WELL)

The Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab (WELL) is an afterschool, academic support center for Wake County high school students. The WELL offers students access to a computer lab, Internet, printing services, weekly youth development enrichment programs, and community service opportunities. 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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