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Oct. 7 | Volume 19 - 2021







Smithsonian brings power of science to NC schools




  An exciting force is sweeping across Western North Carolina schools and it’s transforming all teachers into science teachers and students who never embraced STEM subject matter before into investigators, explorers, and scientists who love getting their hands dirty! Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) and the NC SMT Center are partners with Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Polk school districts, elevating science and inquiry instruction. Now in its third year of a five-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this partnership provides hands-on curriculum materials for 3rd through 5th grade students and professional development and support to teachers. Among the supporters of the SSEC curriculum are NC SMT Center President and CEO Dr. Sam Houston, and Mr. Aaron Greene, former teacher and current Superintendent of Polk County Schools. Read the full story in this month’s NC STEM ScoreCard.

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Lights On Afterschool 2021 Celebration

Each October, thousands of communities nationwide celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families. Lights On Afterschool is a national advocacy day where afterschool programs across the nation host events to celebrate and increase awareness about the importance of afterschool. This year’s Lights On Afterschool Day is Oct. 28. We want North Carolina to have a record number of events in 2021, so be sure to register with the Afterschool Alliance!





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Collaboration is the key for North Carolina's  biotech training advantage

Whether the scientific innovation takes the form of vaccines, gene therapy or agricultural technology, the life sciences aim to improve the quality of life for people around the world. For those interested in joining an industry with global impacts, North Carolina's statewide training programs are ready to prepare the next generation of biotechnology workers for the sector's ample career opportunities.





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Celebrate veterans with AEOP design challenge

Bring your creativity, passion for 3D design and appreciation for our veterans together for this new STEM challenge! The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is inviting students in fourth to eighth grade to use their 3D design skills to create a wearable pin that demonstrates their gratitude towards veterans. Use the button below and check out the landing page for tools and resources to support your pin design. Entries are due by Veteran's Day (Nov. 11).





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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

Western Youth Network

WYN is based in Boone and has a mission to transform its High Country community by nurturing and empowering children so that they live healthy, engaged and fulfilled lives. Use the button below to learn more and view other programs at the NC STEM Center.




     

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Featured Opportunity

STEAM Career Showcase

Join N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences on Oct. 19 to connect with role models with disabilities and learn about their personal journeys to have thriving careers in the STEAM fields. 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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October



Webb Space Telescope Community Event w/ NC CAP

On Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., 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.

 

 

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October



ECSU Regional Economic Summit

Elizabeth City State University is hosting a Regional Economic Summit on Thursday, Oct. 14. North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Sanders will be the keynote speaker. Topics to be covered include broadband, economic gardening, minority-owned businesses, workforce development and more. Registration closes Oct. 4. Learn more.

 

 

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October



Citizen Schools: Elevating Voices for Equity

Citizen Schools will host Elevating Voices for Equity on Oct. 21 to learn, engage, and bring together students, educators, employers, and policy makers to uplift BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices and create actionable recommendations for changing inequities in STEM education. This virtual conversation is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn more.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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November



The Beacons: 2021 NC Tech Awards

The NC TECH Awards is dedicated to celebrating the best and brightest in the state’s tech sector. This year's event on Nov. 3 at the Raleigh Convention Center is an evening celebration recognizing innovation, growth and leadership. The event includes a reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. This week, the finalists were announced. Learn more.

 

 

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November



MCNC Community Day

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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