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July 30 | Volume 14 - 2020






BAND-NC grants look to close digital divide



COVID-19 has exposed the "digital divide" in North Carolina and its consequences for all of us. Students and adults who don’t have access to the internet, don’t have a computer or laptop or don’t know how to use them – for education, work, health, or connection – are at an impossible disadvantage. The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State (IEI) in partnership with the Broadband Infrastructure Office at the N.C. Department of Information Technology, and with principal support from the John M. Belk Endowment, is addressing the digital divide through a new program called “Building a New Digital Economy” (BAND-NC). BAND-NC will provide $5,000 rapid-response, community innovation mini-grants to communities across the state and is designed to increase internet access in North Carolina, with the goal of making the state first in digital inclusion. IEI is accepting applications for the program on a rolling basis until Aug. 31. To learn more, watch this BAND-NC Informational Webinar. You can apply for a grant using this website. Please enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any questions, comments or feedback about this issue or future ones.






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Applications now open for CASMT grants

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers (CASMT) was created to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of STEM content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. CASMT applications for the next cycle are now open through Sept. 30. Download the flyer or use the button below to get more information and learn how to apply.

For additional information and conversation, a Twitter Q&A has been established and is ongoing between prospective CASMT applicants, current and past CASMT awardees. The hashtag to participate is #bwfcasmtchat.





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Impacts of COVID-19 on Back to School plans

North Carolina K-12 Public Schools will be required to have key safety measures in place to allow in-person instruction, and some districts may choose to conduct school entirely by remote learning, according to the governor's office. In a recent news report, more than 45 percent of North Carolina public school students purportedly will open the new school year learning from home because officials say it’s not safe yet to reopen for face-to-face classes. Click or tap the button below to read the full story. Note: School decisions are continuing to change due to circumstances so parents and educators should continue to monitor the situation.





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Round-the-clock communication tiring teachers

Even before the pandemic, texting and school communication apps had given students and families new ways to contact teachers 24x7. But, many teachers say that school closures and online learning have increased the pressure to be “always on” for students and parents, as remote instruction has blurred the boundaries between work life and home life. Get the full story via Ed Week.





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Find great STEM jobs at NC STEM Center

The NC STEM Center is continuously updating career and job opportunities online. We have recently added new listings within the Job Seekers section of the NC STEM website. Quick, easy, free site registration is required.





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Please visit Events Calendar to find these and more upcoming events.

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August



NC Chamber Conference goes virtual

Today’s employers are ever more aware of the need for effective education systems at all levels to ensure students are prepared for the 21st-century global marketplace. Following recommendations issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the CDC, the NC Chamber’s Education & Workforce Conference this year will be a virtual event.. Learn more.

 

 

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October



STEM EXPO 2020

Don't miss the STEM Expo on Oct. 9 just hours before NASCAR's biggest stars roar around Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy All Star Race and the Coca Cola 600. Learn more.

 

 

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October



Bridging the Gap 2020 now virtual

The 9th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference, organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, will now be a virtual event this October bringing together educators, business leaders, government officials and others with the continued goal of strengthening K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina. Learn more.

 

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