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Oct. 8 | Volume 19 - 2020

STEM Recognition Intent to Apply for 2020-21

Many schools across our state facilitate quality STEM instruction; maximizing community partnerships and driving opportunities for students, developing the skills necessary for future success. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) want to recognize each and every school that exemplifies the qualities associated with STEM success. The STEM Recognition Program provides elementary, middle, and high schools an opportunity to submit an application for review describing their schools' distinguished strategies in teaching and learning through the implementation of the Five Overarching Principles as defined in the STEM Schools Progress Rubric. The STEM School Progress Rubric serves as an incredible tool for self-assessment and school improvement and is the key to achievement for STEM schools in North Carolina. NCDPI is requesting that schools planning to apply for potential STEM Recognition to fill out the following Intent to ensure you receive information about the application, timeline, and resources which will provide assistance in this process. The Intent to Apply is due by this Friday (Oct. 9) and only takes a few minutes to complete. For more information and questions, contact Howard Ginsburg.

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CASMT grant deadline extended to Nov. 2

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers (CASMT) was created by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of STEM content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. 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.



Three NC schools earn blue ribbon recognition

Three North Carolina public schools (Piedmont IB Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland County Schools; and PSRC Early College at RCC, Public Schools of Robeson County) have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. These schools are among 367 schools nationwide recognized for overall academic performance or their progress in closing achievement gaps.



FCC opens second E-Rate application window

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced a second filing window for E-Rate funding in 2020. Schools now have until Oct. 16 to request funding for additional bandwidth and network upgrades necessitated by the shift to online learning.



Science behind bringing students back to school

As several school districts across North Carolina bring young children back for full-time in-person instruction, researchers remain uncertain on children’s role in spreading the coronavirus.



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

Mixxer Community Makerspace

Mixxer is a non-profit community makerspace in Winston Salem providing access to tools, equipment, and resources needed to create tangible things and develop skills for reaching their full potential as a maker. Mixxer has implemented STEAM2020 by recruiting both educational and career professionals to deliver robust STEAM content. Use the button below for more information and to view other great programs available through the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

MarineQuest FAMS

MarineQuest Family Adventures in Marine Science through UNC Wilmington is going virtual! Staring this month there will be a three-series program where participants dive into Marine Science with online learning and hands-on fun! FAMS is geared toward students in 1st through 6th grade and their parents. Upcoming series dates are Oct. 24, Nov. 21, and Dec. 12. Use the button below to learn more and view other STEM opportunities available at the NC STEM Center.




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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.





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.





Webinar: NCDOT Freight & Supply Chain Studies

The NC EAST Alliance will be hosting a series of upcoming webinars covering a range of issues. The first webinar will cover two regional studies focused on Freight Mobility and Rural Transport Needs in Eastern North Carolina on Oct. 22. Learn more.





Bridging the Gap 2020

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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