SMT Awards, STEM HoF, Investments and Wellness: This is your e-Update

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Sept. 7, 2017 - Volume 17


Nominations open for 2017 SMT Center Awards

Each year, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina are helping to advance education in North Carolina. Categories include K-8 teacher, 9-16 teacher, informal educator, administrator, student leadership as well as awards that recognize businesses and organizations that support STEM education. Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000. Recipients of the awards are honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. For more information and to see videos of last year's winners, please visit the SMT website. Nominations for the upcoming awards are due by Dec. 1. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Is the investment in STEM paying off?

According to U.S. News and World Report, investments in STEM education over the last two decades have had success so far, but those efforts need to continue if the U.S. wants to remains globally competitive.




NC programs and events helping to reduce summer slide

Summer vacation isn't what it used to be. Beach trips, pool days, and theme park trips aren't the only activities filling weeks outside the classroom.





STEM + Wellness: Powerful equation for equity

With STEM and wellness both on the rise in popularity and importance while funding and resources continue to grow scarce, how are we to prioritize one or the other? This article demonstrates the benefits of blending STEM with healthy eating and physical activity.




Career Opportunity: Physics Instructor

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics currently is seeking an Instructor of Physics. Salary commensurate with education and experience. To learn more about this opportunity and others, visit the NC STEM Center link below (registration/login required).



STEM Spotlight

North Carolina STEM Hall of Fame


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) has announced the creation of a North Carolina STEM Hall of Fame. Initial inductees will be honored at the NCSSM Gala on Sept. 22 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham. Click here or tap the image above to learn more and to see the honorees for this year.

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

(ELISS) Competitive Grant Program

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: 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? The answer: A close friend, rather than a bigger peer group featuring less intense relationships. Thanks for all the correct answers! Let's see how you do with this week's question ...

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is best known as what common name?

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

Take a Child Outside Week

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

Sackler Science of Science Communication III

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

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Regional STEM Resources

North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research

The NCABR is dedicated to advancing all North Carolinians' appreciation for the remarkable benefits of bioscience research and careers. Members include academia, industry, government, nonprofit research organizations and professional societies. NCABR plays a leading role in North Carolina and the nation by providing objective, timely and authoritative information to students, educators, government representatives, the media, members of the research community and the general public.. Click or tap 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.




Have STEM News or an Event to Share?

The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina.
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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