Eclipse Euphoria, JoITL, Digital Success and PRISM: This is your e-Update

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Aug. 24, 2017 - Volume 16


Solar eclipse brings out the best in STEM

On Aug. 21, 2017, skies darkened from Oregon to South Carolina in the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the United States in 99 years. The moon's shadow crossed 14 states along a path that is home to 12.2 million people, NASA officials said. Another 200 million Americans were within a day's drive of totality, with tourists also flying in from other states and countries. View some amazing photos and video. August's total solar eclipse won’t be the last time the moon cloaks the sun’s light. Over the next two decades, more than a dozen total eclipses of the sun will take place around the world. See map. Special thank you to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman for hosting a spectacular show Monday. The nation won't have to wait decades for the next one - a total eclipse will sweep from Texas to Main on April, 8, 2024. For now, we can look forward to the science and data captured during this historic event across the country. And, since the excitement is over, don't toss your eclipse glasses just yet. Here are some ways to give them a second life. It's events like this that bring out the best in STEM - in everyone. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

A new report Strategic Policy Playbook: Driving Innovation In Education for All Students from digiLEARN summarizes one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in North Carolina education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018.




Applications for PRISM open in September

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics, or PRISM, grant applications for 2018 selections opens to North Carolina teachers on Sept. 15.





Google Trends has good news about STEM

If people's Google search habits are any measure, STEM education and jobs have caught the public's attention. That's good news for STEM advocates, even if the road to universal STEM literacy remains steep and rocky.




Golden LEAF grant boosts Pathways to Prosperity

Randolph Community College (RCC), Randolph County School System (RCSS) and Asheboro City Schools (ACS) were recently awarded a $960,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to further advance their collaborative efforts in the Pathways to Prosperity program.



STEM Spotlight

Kenan Fellows releases third edition of JoITL


The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership has published the third issue of its Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL). The issue features articles on a variety of topics including developing teacher advocacy, global learning in STEM, NASA Digital STEM badges for educators and students, effective educational leadership, and integrating formal and informal education in the preparation of elementary science teachers. Click here or tap the image above to view this latest edition.

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: Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse? The answer: Yes. Don't look at the sun without regulated eclipse glasses on. Thanks for all the correct answers! Let's see how you do with this week's question ...

New research published in the journal Child Development shows that teens aged 15 and 16 who had what reported higher levels of self-worth and lower levels of social anxiety, depression at 25?

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

NCSSM STEM Hall of Fame Gala

Evening at PARI: Black holes and wormholes

NC EAST Pollution Prevention (P2) Workshop: Food and Beverage

2017 Close It Summit

Environmental Educators of North Carolina 2017 Annual Conference

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for America Working Forward

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?

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Thank You!


Regional STEM Resources

Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center

Nehemiah CEC's mission is to empower and expose at-risk youth, teens and young adults to the robotic and technology fields by providing STEM-based activities coupled with academic enrichment. They provide various services and outreach activities in Guilford County. Click or tap the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this valuable STEM resource.


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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