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Nov. 20 | Volume 21 - 2019






NC holds steady on national education assessment



North Carolina’s results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress held steady on exams administered during the 2018-19 school year, with fourth and eighth graders performing at levels similar to 2016-17, when the nationwide assessment of reading and math skills was administered last. Many states reflected a similar trend. North Carolina was among 32 states without statistically significant changes in reading scores – up or down – at the fourth grade and among 19 states without significant change in eighth-grade reading scores. In math, 40 states, including North Carolina, saw no significant change in fourth-grade math performance and 42 states saw neither appreciable gains nor losses in eighth-grade math. Over the last 10 years, North Carolina, the nation as a whole and most states have shown little or no change in NAEP scores – either in math or reading. The NAEP assessment, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and also known as The Nation’s Report Card, measures math and reading performance of a representative sample of students in the fourth and eighth grades every two years. Detailed reports on each assessment, by grade and subject, can be accessed here. Please enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with your feedback and thoughts about this issue or future ones.






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EdNC: When it comes to equity and education, educators are the change agents

Every other year, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund brings together teachers they invest in from across North Carolina “to provide opportunities for educational exchanges and capacity building.” A celebration of all things science education, STEM teachers love the opportunity to be together sharing best practices, networking, and playing.





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Why STEM is important to you?

We are looking for amazing STEM professionals in North Carolina for the SMT Center's annual awards. Each year, the SMT Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center. Check out the #whystem video here and use the button below to learn more about the awards.





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PRISM applications due by Dec. 5

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is now accepting applications for the PRISM Award. North Carolina public school teachers can receive up to $3,000 in funding towards STEM-related materials and up to $1,500 for training. Teachers may apply below. Deadline is Dec. 5.





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63 awesome websites for teaching, learning math

What a treasure trove! We Are Teachers has gathered all the links for you and included a short description of each math website, along with a grade level recommendation and the cost, if any. The list covers grades K–12 and is full of resources, games, freebies, and innovative programs.





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Study: Math looks the same in boys and girls

A study of 104 children from ages 3 to 10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported this month in the journal Science of Learning.





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Featured Program

After School Brilliance

After School Brilliance is a STEM-focused after school and day camp enrichment program serving North Carolina's Triad region. Learn more. Click or tap the button below to view more great programs at NC STEM Center.




     

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Featured Opportunity

Night at the Museum

The Asheville Museum of Science hosts Night at the Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Learn more. Click or tap button below to view all the great STEM opportunities at NC STEM Center.




     

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NC STEM partners with The Connectory to help you discover local STEM happenings.
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December



Snowflake Science in Charlotte

Did you know no two snowflakes are alike? Explore snow crystal science and how these beautiful structures form in a wintry atmosphere, while designing and creating your own unique paper snow crystal to spruce up the winter season on Dec. 7 at the McDowell Nature Preserve in Charlotte. Preregistration is required. Learn more.

 

 

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April



North Carolina Science Festival

North Carolina's biggest celebration of science will be back in 2020 for its 10th year! Join us for an exciting adventure exploring science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. With hundreds of events throughout the state, find one in your backyard. Learn more.

 

 

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April | May



Synergy Conference 2020

Synergy Conference 2020 convenes April 29 - May 1, 2020 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Request for Proposals for workshop presenters and vendors are now open. This year's conference is themed: FUTURE IN FOCUS. Learn more.

 

 

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Save the Date: Spring STEM EXPO 2020

The North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Professional Development Institute 2019 Conference is set for Nov. 14-15 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Learn more.

 

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