This is your NC STEM e-Update

Nov. 16, 2017 - Volume 21


Burroughs Wellcome Fund hosts STEM Conference

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund held its Biennial STEM Awardees Conference at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. Educators and leaders gathered to present their projects, network, and learn about STEM opportunities across the state. Thought leaders spoke about how the awards have impacted their lives and why they continue to work with students. The conference keynote featured Dr. Greg Washington, Dean of the School of Engineering at UC Irvine and a product of Enloe High School in Raleigh and NC State University.  On Twitter, there was active engagement and a wonderful capture of activities, discussion topics, highlights, takeaways and perspectives. You can scroll the list of Latest Tweets or by searching using #bwfstem2017. The main sessions were recorded and will be available soon. In the meantime, watch this video or check out EdNC's Sparking STEM post for more. In other BWF news, the Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) grant applications for 2018 selections are still open to North Carolina teachers through Dec. 5. Please review the PRISM Request for Proposal for eligibility requirements. Finally, we continue to work on streamlining the content you want and need in our bi-weekly e-Update. Now in its seventh year of publication and several iterations later to keep up with the times, this message continues to grow in readership and evolve based on your feedback. Some changes are noticeable in this edition, others are coming soon. Thanks for your continued support of the NC STEM Learning Network.  Enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or thoughts about this issue or future ones.


Kenan Fellows 2018-2019 applications open soon

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership will begin accepting online applications for its 2018-19 Fellowship year on Dec. 1.




Do states' ESSA plans fall short on equity?

Most states are not planning to do enough to prevent low-income students and students of color from being disproportionately taught by ineffective or inexperienced teachers, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.





Where STEM jobs are (and where they aren’t)

Much of the public enthusiasm for STEM education rests on the assumption that these fields are rich in job opportunity. Studies have made apparent that the greatest number of high-paying STEM jobs are in the "T" (specifically, computing).




Opinion: Inquiry and the research process

Can there be research without inquiry and inquiry without research? Edutopia offers tips for ensuring your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.



STEM Spotlight

North Carolina’s new approach to teacher recruitment


The new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is due to officially launch this month. It’s an exciting opportunity for future teachers, for the students they will serve, and for North Carolina. Click here or the tap the image above for the full story.

NC STEM Events Calendar


The NC STEM Center has entered into a partnership with The Connectory, the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities. Visit Find Opportunities to browse other upcoming opportunities.

Sackler Science of Science Communication III

NCSSM Teaching Contemporary Mathematics

Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES)

Save the Date: SYNERGY 2018

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Regional Resource

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Its mission is to illuminate the interdependence of nature and humanity with an integrated suite of onsite, offsite, online and outdoor experiences. Click or tap the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn about this valuable STEM resource for 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.




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