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Aug. 19 | Volume 15 - 2021

Getting Connected

Exploring the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

  If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that access to high-speed internet is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Unfortunately, the high-speed internet many North Carolinians need is not available where they live, and this holds them back. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program overseen by the FCC provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Click here to check eligibility. Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the EBB Program with a participating provider that offers connected devices (not all service providers offer device discounts). The service provider will provide the discount to the consumer. Watch this video for more details and information. The EBB program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

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Early Report: Rural Home Internet Access Pilot

In January, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation announced its lead role in a pilot program to test emerging wireless technologies to address the homework gap in North Carolina. Although the pilot program will run through the 2021-2022 school year, an initial report has been published with some preliminary results.



NSF awards $50M for Inclusion across the Nation

The National Science Foundation has announced it is investing $50 million to establish five new NSF INCLUDES Alliances. According to NSF, the purpose of INCLUDES is to “enhance preparation, increase participation and ensure the inclusion of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in STEM education." Two pilot projects from North Carolina were listed as recipients (Alamance Community College and Duke University). Use the button below for a general overview of the program via Forbes.



AEOP eCYBERMISSION mini-grants available

Did you know the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) gives out mini-grants to educators leading eCYBERMISSION teams? The grants provide funding for supplies and professional development to support this challenge! Application deadline is Oct. 14.



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

HBS STEM Outreach Programs

Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a multi-campus center of Western Carolina University. HBS continues to offer a wide variety of live, virtual STEM programming for public, private, or homeschool groups in grades preK-12 in addition to its in-person presentations. Use the button below to learn more and view other programs at the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

Science Live! Shows & Field Trips

Live shows on Morehead's Science Stage captivate students of all ages! For the very young scientists of the world (minimum age of 4 years old), this opportunity demonstrates some of Morehead's most exciting science experiments. Use the button below for more and view other STEM opportunities at the NC STEM Center.




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Save The Date: NC EAST / ECSU Economic Summit

Elizabeth City State University is hosting a Regional Economic Summit on Oct. 14. N.C. Secretary of Commerce Machelle Sanders will be the keynote speaker. Be on the look out soon for the full agenda with speakers covering regional topics such as broadband, economic gardening, minority-owned businesses, workforce development and more. Learn more.





2021 (virtual) Color of Education Summit

Join the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity, along with partners, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, in critical conversations centered on addressing issues of racial equity and education at this year's Color of Education Summit in October. Learn more.





Save the Date: MCNC Community Day returns in 2021

MCNC's signature Community Day event returns on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Durham Convention Center. At this time time, there will be options to attend either in-person or virtually, and will include sessions on broadband, cybersecurity, and other vital initiatives affecting communities across North Carolina. Registration is now open. Learn more.



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