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Sept. 2 | Volume 17 - 2021







America's State of Afterschool STEM Learning




  Afterschool and summer programs offer hands-on learning opportunities that spark students' interest in STEM subjects and help them gain critical STEM skills. The just-released America After 3 PM Special Report - "STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist" - finds that many programs now offer STEM learning opportunities, but inequities exist and too many young people are missing out. America After 3 PM is the nation's most comprehensive look at how children spend their time during the hours after school and during the summer. The latest findings provide important new insights into STEM learning in afterschool, and the first-ever look at trends in afterschool STEM learning since the first report was released in 2014. The data used in this latest survey was compiled between January and March 2020. To check out the report dashboard and explore more North Carolina and nationwide data, click here.

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Mapping Eastern NC's Blue Economy Corridor

We all have special places in our lives. Lake houses we returned to summer after summer. Mountaintops with views that take your breath away. For Dr. Emily Yeager at East Carolina University, that place is the Pamlico River Basin. Today, her love of this waterway and passion for sharing its beauty and wonder have inspired a project like no other.





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NC Office of Learning Recovery & Acceleration

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt in April announced Operation Polaris, laying out her vision for operations of North Carolina's public education system over the next four years. At the center of Operation Polaris is the Office of Learning Recovery & Acceleration, which aims to serve public schools by providing the research and support needed to make evidence-based decisions that combats learning loss and accelerates learning for all students.





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Meet Golden LEAF's new Scholarship Manager

Arlena Ratliff has been tapped as the Golden LEAF Foundation's new Scholarship Program Manager, responsible for leading outreach and engagement efforts with future, current, and former Golden LEAF scholars and stakeholders.





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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 recently added many new listings within the Job Seekers section of the NC STEM website. Quick, easy, free site registration is required.





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Featured Program

SUCCEED Workshops

Established in Durham in 1994, Shodor is a non-profit organization serving students and educators by providing materials and instruction relating to computational science (scientific, interactive computing). SUCCEED workshops introduce middle and high school students to a wide variety of computer-enhanced scientific topics. Fall workshops begin in October and run until the week prior to Thanksgiving. Use the button below to learn more and view other programs at the NC STEM Center.




     

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Featured Opportunity

BugFest: Plan Bee!

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is the largest institution of its kind in the southeast U.S. One of the more popular annual events hosted at the museum is Bugfest, which will "bee" a little different this year. So, now welcome to BugFest 2021: Plan Bee!, where you can enjoy five days of virtual programing Sept. 13-18 along with two in-person events. Use the button below for more and view other STEM opportunities at the NC STEM Center.




     

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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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17

October



Smithsonian Educator’s Day

In honor of its 175th birthday, the Smithsonian Institution will host the inaugural Educator's Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 17. Pre-K–12 educators from across the nation are invited to participate in this free, all-day virtual event. Learn more and register here.

 

 

23-24

October



NC TECH: 2021 Virtual Summit for Women in Tech

While North Carolina ranks as one of the best states in the country for the number of women in tech jobs, there is still lots of room for improvement. Join NC TECH for the 2021 Virtual Summit for Women in Tech, where you can hear from female leaders from all corners of North Carolina. The event will be held virtually on the mornings of Sept. 23-24. Learn more.

 

 

2 & 9

October



Professional Development for STEM Classrooms

On Saturdays - Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 - the Smithsonian Science Education Center will host Integrating Culturally Based Instructional Practices into STEM Classrooms virtual professional development. Registration closes Sept. 30. Click here to learn more and register.

 

 

19

October



Webb Space Telescope Community Event w/ NC CAP

On Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. EDT, the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) will host a free webinar for out-of-school time professionals to discover ways to leverage the James Webb Space Telescope launch and mission milestones in their programs. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you still need to register to access the recording. Learn more.

 

 

14

October



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.

 

 

26-27

October



Bridging the Gap 2021

Bridging the Gap is an annual conference that aims to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina and the nation. Due to ongoing pandemic safety restrictions and uncertainties, BTG will be a fully-virtual event this October. Learn more.

 

 

26-27

October



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.

 

 

9

November



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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