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Sept. 21, 2017 - Volume 18


North Carolina applies for ESSA funding

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction this week submitted its application for funding under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On Sept. 7, the N.C. State Board of Education approved North Carolina’s plan to implement the federal legislation, which became law in December 2015. The plan is the culmination of months of work by DPI and was drafted with input from the State Board of Education, Superintendent Mark Johnson, the U.S. Department of Education, local school districts and charter schools, and many other stakeholders. While the document is mainly an application for federal funds, it also includes the state’s Theory of Action, a concise statement of North Carolina’s commitment to the ongoing transformation of its education system, allowing students to follow the path to success that they decide best fits each of them. Get more details on the announcement here. Also in this issue, we highlight several interesting STEM competitions starting up this fall, more information about the SMT Awards, tools and grants, and plenty of upcoming professional development opportunities and events. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Nominate now for 2017 SMT Center Awards?

The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center annually 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 NC. This year's nominations are due by Dec. 1.




Kenan Fellows: Lesson planning made simple

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership has uploaded more than 20 new lessons created by 2016-17 Kenan Fellows to their online database. Included are materials for elementary, middle, and high school students.





SMART competition begins in October

The SMART Competition is a high school, team-based STEM and CTE education program that provides hands-on learning experience and practical investigation of sustainability, intelligent building design, renewable technology and the
smart grid. Registration begins in October and ends in January.




Salisbury High receives $700K from Golden LEAF Foundation

Rowan-Salisbury Schools was awarded $700,000 from Golden LEAF Foundation to implement an Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum Pathway that includes training in engineering, mechatronics and metal fabrication for high school students and aligns to existing introductory programs available to middle school students.



STEM Spotlight

Biogen Foundation Spark Video Contest


The Biogen Foundation is inviting middle and high school students in Massachusetts and North Carolina to create 30-second to 3-minute videos on the topic of genetic mutations. The first 200 eligible videos submitted will win $500 for your school (up to two submissions per school). Grand Prize winners will receive $10,000 for their schools, and three GoPro video cameras for the students who created and starred in the winning videos. Submissions are open through Dec. 8. Click here or tap the image above for official contest rules, eligibility, and to submit your video today.

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: The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is best known as what common name? The answer: The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron is best known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve. NOAA Hurricane Hunters also fly such missions as well as Navy units and other Air Force and NOAA units. Thanks for all the correct answers! Let's see how you do with this week's question ...

Keeping in the spirit of Hurricane Season, how many times in history has more than one Category 5 hurricane formed in the Atlantic?

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

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?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!


Regional STEM Resource

2017 NCSTA Professional Development Institute

The 2017 North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Professional Development Institute is scheduled for Oct. 19-20 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The theme is Modeling STEM: Ingenuity at Work! Registration is now open, and pre-registration deadline is on Oct. 4. Click or tap the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this opportunity.


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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