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April 8 | Volume 7 - 2021

Hawks Nest soars to STEM School of Distinction

Congratulations to Hawks Nest STEAM Academy for being recognized as a Model STEM School of Distinction! Located in Gaston, N.C., Hawks Nest home to 350 students in grades K-5 whose education is driven by scientific investigation, enthusiasm for problem solving, and a creative spark that puts the “A” in the STEAM Academy. Hawks Nest opened its doors in 2016 as the first STEAM school in Gaston County. Since the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and North Carolina State Board of Education began recognizing schools for outstanding STEM achievement in 2014, only 16 schools have earned the model school designation. And in 2020, Hawks Nest was the only school to receive this honor. Read full story. Learn more about the STEM Schools of Distinction program.

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2021 SSEP grant applications due next week!

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund is next week (April 15).



NC Science Festival is now underway

North Carolina's biggest celebration of science is up and running with statewide and virtual events for all ages. With hundreds of events scheduled throughout the entire state this month, you can find one right in your backyard today!



Report: For girls, learning science outside linked to better grades, knowledge

In a new study, NC State University researchers found that an outdoor science program was linked to higher average science grades and an increase in a measure of science knowledge for a group of fifth grade girls in North Carolina.



Find great STEM jobs at NC STEM Center

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




Featured Program


The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)'s mission is to apply evolutionary and ecological perspectives to improve human, animal, and plant health. At its core, TriCEM is an incubator for innovative research that aims to make RTP and the Triangle region the epicenter of research in the emerging field of evolutionary medicine. Use the button below to learn more and view other great programs at the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

Terminal Two

With the motto: "Play, it is in our code!" Terminal Two in Greensboro teaches fundamental coding concepts through immersive and engaging games. Built by educators and gamers, they understand what engages kids and how to teach coding concepts in a fun environment. Free games are available to help students learn to code. Use the button below for more and view other STEM opportunities at NC STEM Center.




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North Carolina Science Festival

North Carolina's biggest celebration of science is back this April with statewide and virtual events for all ages! With hundreds of events scheduled throughout the state, find one in your backyard. Learn more.





UNC Science Week: Virtual Expo

UNC Chapel Hill conducts over $1 billion in research annually. Over 800 research projects directly address the health, education, or well-being of North Carolinians. To celebrate this incredible work, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center invites you to participate in UNC Science Week from April 11–17 as part of the 2021 NC Science Festival. Learn more.





Triangle Sci-Tech Expo

Triangle SciTech Expo scheduled virtually April 19-24 assembles scientists and technical professionals from universities, organizations and industry to engage visitors of all ages in the excitement of science and technology. This year's theme is Diversity in STEM. Learn more.





EdNC: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in STEM

On Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m., join EducationNC for a virtual panel discussion on the topic of how education and industry can improve the pathways of opportunity for women and persons of color into STEM fields, especially the technology sector. Learn more.





X-STEM All Access Registration is Now LIVE!

X-STEM All Access – presented by AstraZeneca, DoD STEM, and the U.S. Air Force – is a free virtual conference series designed to showcase diversity and inspire students about careers STEM. Educators will have access to downloadable worksheets to incorporate X-STEM into classroom activities. Each episode will be 45-minutes long, designed to fit within a standard class period. Watch from home or from school!. Learn more.





Synergy Conference 2021

Synergy Conference 2021 will convene virtually April 27 to April 30. This year's conference is themed:  REVOLUTIONIZING AFTERSCHOOL: Renew - Reconnect - Rise. Requests for Proposals for workshop presenters and vendors are now open. Learn more.



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