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Oct. 12, 2017 - Volume 19


Four inducted into NC STEM Hall of Fame

More than 300 recently attended the NC STEM Hall of Fame Awards at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham where four were inducted with standing ovations including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Maya Ajmera ’85, Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D., and the Honorable James B. Hunt. Each honoree also was recognized with a short video presentation. The newly-founded NC STEM Hall of Fame will be exhibited online and on the campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts said the four honorees recognized this year have positively impacted the content and quality of public education for millions of students in North Carolina and beyond - from pre-schoolers to post-docs - and have created conditions for economic growth that can benefit citizens throughout the state, nation and world. "Truly, the world is a better place thanks to their good work and leadership,” he closed. Congratulations to all of this year's NC STEM Hall of Fame inductees! In other news ... a quick reminder that The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics, or PRISM, grant applications for 2018 are open to North Carolina teachers through Dec. 12. Click here for more information. Finally, nominations for the 2018 SMT Center Awards is open through Dec. 1. Learn more. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Three Americans win Nobel Prize in physics

American scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics on Oct. 3 for their pioneering role in the detection of gravitational waves.




NCTA names Tech Educator of the Year

Robert Gotwals, an instructor of Computational Science, Chemistry and Research at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will be honored next month as Tech Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association.





Why does STEM really equal Strategies That Engage Minds?

In a rapidly changing world, the need for effective, high-quality STEM education has never been greater. That's why we believe STEM really stands for "Strategies That Engage Minds."




Golden LEAF sends a STEM signal

Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, with matching funds totaling $372,500 from community partners, the Alamance-Burlington School System has been able to remodel four labs and two classrooms, construct an outdoor learning environment, and purchase state-of-the-art equipment.



STEM Spotlight

TIP Teaching Scholars Award Program


The new Teaching Scholars Award Program in North Carolina aims to encourage young teachers to work in rural areas in exchange for financial rewards and enrichment opportunities. A collaboration between NC State University and The Innovation Project, a working-group of 24 district superintendents formed the program and will award at least 10 college juniors a $10,000 financial award if they teach for two years after graduation in one of the five school districts facing teacher shortages. The pilot program includes districts in Cabarrus, Johnston, Wayne County, Lenoir, and Onslow counties. Applications for the pilot phase will open Oct. 15 and end Jan. 15, 2018. Click here or tap the image above to learn more about this opportunity.

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: How many times in history has more than one Category 5 hurricane formed in the Atlantic? The answer: Only six times — in 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005, 2007, and now in 2017 Only in 2007 and 2017 did more than one make landfall at Category 5 strength. Thanks for all the correct answers! Let's see how you do with this week's question ...

A mysterious hole as big as the state of Maine has been spotted where this week?

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

NCSLA 2017 Fall Meeting

NCSTA Fall 2017 PDI Sessions

College Internship Fair hosted by N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

6th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference

Lights on Afterschool

Sackler Science of Science Communication III

NCSSM Teaching Contemporary Mathematics

Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES)

Save the Date: SYNERGY 2018

Sackler Science of Science Communication III

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Thank You!


Regional STEM Resource

Kinston Youth Enrichment Project

The Kinston Youth Enrichment Project is a program of Young Women of Promise, Inc. The mission of KYEP is to inspire and empower youth in grades K-12 with a passion for learning with programs that allow youth to pursue their dreams confidently and creatively while developing academic, leadership and service learning skills that will allow them to be successful in life. Program Components include Science, Self-Esteem and Service; Kids2College; Take 5 and Read; Saturday Service and Leadership Academy; Camp Promise summer enrichment program and more. 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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