Vision 2030, Fall STEM Events, and Experts at Anything: This is your e-Update

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Oct. 26, 2017 - Volume 20


SMT Center looks to engage diverse STEM talent

The Army Educational Outreach Program, or AEOP, in collaboration with Battelle, has awarded grants to five organizations and technical associations to expand student participation in enriching STEM exploration and learning, particularly for underserved students. The North Carolina SMT Center received one of the five grants announced this month where project partners like UNC Charlotte will help establish a North Carolina STEM Research Academy high school to increase the pipeline of diverse students engaged in STEM research in rural school districts, where access to quality student research, mentors and materials are often a challenge. Master educators will lead teacher academies focused on student research best practices for educators at North Carolina early colleges. Students — with a priority given to those from underrepresented or minority groups, who receive free or reduced meals, who are first generation college students and/or military-connected students — will compete in AEOP competitions, including eCYBERMISSION, and will participate in Saturday Academies and digital meetings with an emphasis on mentorship, engineering design, analysis and related topics. Grantees will each receive awards ranging from $49,000 to $200,000 to facilitate meaningful collaboration that will ultimately integrate with or enhance the suite of opportunities already offered by AEOP. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Read the full announcement here. Also in this issue we'll look at US2020's new STEM Coalition Challenge, discuss gravitational waves, robots and great Halloween STEM events happening in North Carolina. Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Applications for PRISM due in December

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics, or PRISM, grant applications for 2018 selections are open to North Carolina teachers through Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. EDT. Please review the PRISM Request for Proposal for complete eligibility requirements.




What is the big deal about Gravitational Waves?

Scientists at LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) in the US and Virgo in Europe have detected gravitational waves and light from a huge collision of neutron stars. What does that mean? Why is it important? And, what are gravitational waves, anyway? The Science Channel breaks it down.





Brain Pickings turns 11 with Ode to Number Pi

Brain Pickings is contemplative reading. Every Sunday morning, get the week's most interesting articles in one distilled digest straight to your inbox. In this latest issue, the author celebrates the site's 11th birthday with An Ode to the Number Pi by Nobel-Winning Polish Poet Wisława Szymborska.




ICYMI: Halloween edition of Everything STEM in North Carolina

We recently began to providing you a quick email just highlighting upcoming STEM events throughout the state. Our latest issue has several really cool Halloween items you might find interesting this weekend.



STEM Spotlight

US2020 announces National STEM Coalition Challenge


US2020 this month launched The STEM Coalition Challenge, a call to action for nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, businesses, and public offices to increase the quantity and quality of STEM volunteerism and maker-centered learning across the country. The challenge will expand the US2020 Learning Network to a total of 16 locations, reaching more than 25,000 children within the first year of programming. Initial applications will be accepted through Nov. 17. Winners will receive two years’ worth of financial, consulting, and staff support valued at $1 million. 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: A mysterious hole as big as the state of Maine has been spotted where this week? The answer: Antarctica’s winter sea ice cover. Thanks for all the correct answers! Let's see how you do with this week's question ...

U.S. scientists this week unveiled two new molecular editing tools designed to fix mutations that cause the majority of human genetic diseases, some of which have no known treatment. Both techniques build off of the game-changing, gene editing tool known as what?

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

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

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

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Let Morehead's "At Your School" mobile program bring the field trip experience to your school! Choices include planetarium shows in a mobile planetarium (K-12), real-world science laboratory experiences in a mobile lab (6-12), or classroom enrichment visits (K-8) filled with hands-on activities and demonstrations with a Morehead educator. Find out more in their Teacher's Guide or use their website to plan a personalized visit. Click or tap the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn about this valuable STEM resource for North Carolina on the NC STEM Center.


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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