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Sept. 10 | Volume 17 - 2020

Governor signs Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed House Bill 1105, better known as the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, into law. It passed the Senate 44-5 and the House 104-10. Highlights of the $1.1 billion legislation include a $50 increase for unemployed, a $335 boost for parents and $115 million for education needs, allocating $6.5 million to eliminate wait lists for the Children with Disabilities Grant Program and the Education Savings Account Program as well as $35 million for childcare assistance. Another $10 million will go towards internet connectivity for students, $17 million in grants for exceptional children’s services, and $30 million for the GREAT Program to improve rural broadband access. In order to keep funding for schools stable, a “hold harmless” provision for districts that see declining enrollment is also in the bill. Families with at least one child under the age of 17 struggling with unexpected financial issues with remote learning and childcare as a result of school closures are eligible for one-time payments of $335 - those payments will go out by Dec. 15, while the weekly increase in unemployment benefits will last until the end of the year. Bonuses for teachers and education staff was not included in the relief measure. This bill allocates the remaining funds the state received through the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus passed by Congress in March in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please enjoy your e-Update. Tweet us @NCSTEM with any questions, comments, or feedback.


Congratulations to 2020 Principal of the Year

Kisha Clemons, principal of Shuford Elementary School in the Newton-Conover City School district, recently was named the 2020 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. This is the 37th year the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has partnered with The Wells Fargo Foundation to recognize the state’s outstanding principals.



Kenan Fellows publish JoITL articles year-round

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership has shifted its popular academic journal to a new publishing model. The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL) will now publish articles year-round. JoITL has been accepting manuscripts on a rolling basis but instead of publishing one issue a year, the journal will now publish individual articles online as soon as they have gone through the review process and been approved for publication.



CASMT grant applications open through Sept. 30

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers (CASMT) was created by the Burroughs Wellcome Fun 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 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.



Pre-Service Teacher Scholarships available

The NC Space Grant 2020-21 STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship is now open for applications. Students studying to become K-12 STEM teachers are eligible to apply for this program, which will provide a $3,500 scholarship, training from NASA education specialists, paid trip to NASA Langley Research Center, and other opportunities. Applications are due Oct. 5. Recommendation letters are due by Oct. 7.



USASEF: Teleport into a new dimension of STEM

Take your students on a virtual field trip with SciFest All Access through the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Virtually experience exhibit booths featuring hands-on interactive STEM content, watch exclusive performances on the STEM Stage, hunt for clues and earn badges and prizes in the Scavenger Hunt, gear up in the STEM Store, and launch a STEM career in the College Career Center. Plan your virtual field trip now for Sept. 16 through Sept. 23.



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.




Featured Program

Climate-Conscious NC

Climate-Conscious NC will be hosting a series of free programs this fall - starting with four mini-seminars, followed by a public forum and then a workshop on collecting weather and climate data where you live.This free programming is best suited for ages 14 and up. Use the button below for more information and to view other great programs available through the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

BugFest: A Virtual Infestation

BugFest will go online this month with a Virtual Infestation! The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences annually hosts this popular event, and this year will feature six days of buggy adventures (Sept. 14-19) with insights from entomologists from North Carolina and around the world. Use the button below to learn more and view other STEM opportunities available at the NC STEM Center.




NC STEM partners with The Connectory to help you discover local STEM happenings.
Please visit Events Calendar to find these and more upcoming events.

Be sure to check and see if events have been postponed and/or running virtually.

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NC TECH Summit for Women in Tech

While North Carolina ranks No. 1 in the nation for the number of women in technology jobs, there is still room for improvement. NC TECH’s inaugural Summit for Women in Tech will be virtually held on Sept. 24-25 (two jam-packed, content-filled half days) and features executive-level women and community leaders from all corners of North Carolina who will provide insights on how to advocate for change for now and the next generation of women. Registration is now available. Learn more.






Additional details for the revised UNC CAUSE virtual format have been released for this coming fall. In lieu of the traditional three-day, in-person event, this year UNC CAUSE will be a series of virtual events held over a three-week span beginning Oct. 6 and running until Oct. 22. Learn more.





Color of Education Virtual Summit 2020

The 2020 Color of Education Summit will be held virtually with weekly events scheduled throughout the month of October. A detailed schedule, tickets, and speaker information will be released soon. Learn more.






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.





Bridging the Gap 2020 goes 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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