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NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Feb. 10, 2017)

February 10th, 2017

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NC STEM starts with you. Twice a month we provide an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and our latest edition is now available for you.

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Gravity Games 2017: We’re ready to roll – are you?

February 7th, 2017

Drivers, on your mark … Registration is open and filling up fast as the 7th Annual NC Gravity Games get ready to roll in downtown Lenoir on Saturday, April 29.

The NC Gravity Games, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, features a gravity-powered race and STEM extravaganza designed to get students revved up about science and engineering. The event is brought to you by Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina, and the City of Lenoir.

You can Register Online as well as review the 2017 Rules – which have been revised for this year.

We strongly encourage returning teams to challenge themselves this year by creating their cars from scratch and competing in our “Engineered” or “Engineering Challenge” divisions. Space in the kit car division is limited, so if you’re eyeing this category, please be advised that only three kit teams per school will be allowed.

Registration closes at midnight EDT on April 17.

Questions? Visit ncgravitygames.com or email at contact@ncgravitygames.com.

Call for Applications: NIEHS Summer PD for High School Teachers

February 6th, 2017

High school educators are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience.

This two-week professional development program, hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is designed to enhance high school science teachers’ understanding of basic research in biomedical sciences and enable them to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications. After participating in exploratory lectures, lab investigations and group discussions, teachers will process what they’ve learned to develop lesson plans and classroom projects. Finally, through engagement and discussion with NIEHS scientists in various research labs and the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit, teachers will broaden their understanding of translational research processes.

The program will run from Monday, July 10, to Friday, July 21, (excluding Saturday and Sunday).

STaRS participants are expected to attend the full two-week program and actively participate each day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To offset costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation and time spent during the two-week program, participants will receive a $2,000 stipend. The stipend will be provided in two equal payments, which will be disbursed each week of the program.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently teaching in a North Carolina high school.
  • Applicants must be available for the full two-week program (July 10-21, excluding Saturday and Sunday).
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to Research Triangle Park (which may include overnight stays at a hotel in Research Triangle Park on Sunday through Thursday each week).

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017.

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NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Jan. 26, 2017)

January 26th, 2017

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USDoE releases guidance on federal funds to support STEM

January 20th, 2017

Ensuring all students have access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is fundamental to the U.S. Department of Education’s goal of providing equitable educational opportunities so that all students are prepared to succeed in college, careers, and life.

To further the goal of high-quality STEM education for all, federal agencies, state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and private-sector partners are encouraged to coordinate their efforts and to use modern research-based methods.

The USDoE Guidance Letter issued on Jan. 18, 2017 aims to help SEAs, LEAs, and their partners better understand how to use federal funds to support innovative, equity-focused pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (Pre-K–12) STEM education strategies under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

This letter updates the previous guidance provided April 16, 2016, detailing possible uses of federal funds for the 2016–2017 school year under the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

To help SEAs, LEAs, and their partners identify potential ways to use federal formula grant funds to support STEM education, this letter provides examples of how funds from title I, title II, title III, and title IV of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 can support efforts to improve Pre-K–12 instruction and student outcomes in STEM fields.

These examples fall into the following categories:

  1. Increase students’ equitable access to STEM courses and experiences, including out-of- school programs, STEM-themed schools, and career pathways;
  2. Support educators’ knowledge and expertise in STEM disciplines through recruitment, preparation, support, and retention strategies; and
  3. Increase student access to materials and equipment needed to support inquiry-based pedagogy and active learning.

Enhancing the impact of STEM education programs and maximizing the impact of available federal resources necessitate leveraging various sources of support.

We encourage you to view the information provided in the Guidance Letter as a helpful tool in your efforts to provide access to high-quality STEM programs and resources as well as improve learning and achievement for all students.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Jan. 12, 2017)

January 12th, 2017

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NC STEM starts with you. Twice a month we provide an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and our latest edition is now available for you.

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Best of STEM in North Carolina for 2016

December 29th, 2016

Please enjoy our compilation of some of the best stories in STEM education this year. The NC STEM Learning Network starts with you. Twice a month we provide an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and our latest edition is now available for you.

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NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Dec. 15, 2016)

December 15th, 2016

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NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Dec. 1, 2016)

December 1st, 2016

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2016 in Review: Lessons from Singapore

November 30th, 2016

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

In July, 11 middle school and high school educators from North Carolina traveled to Singapore to learn about the best practices of teaching mathematics and science from their counterparts in one of the world’s most-acclaimed education systems.  The trip was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholars Program.

Click this link to all of the articles about the study trip to Singapore that were published in EdNC.

As you’ll see it was an eye opening experience for those involved.

PARI names Mullis to Board of Directors

November 29th, 2016

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) has selected Dr. Chris Mullis to serve on its Board of Directors.

mullis-chrisDr. Mullis is the CEO and senior planner of NorthStar Capital Advisors, a financial life planning and asset management firm that has been advising individuals, families, and non-profit organizations for over a decade. He also serves as the CFO of Mullis Oil Company, a third-generation, family-owned, commercial fuel supplier.

“Chris Mullis is an accomplished scientist and business leader who will bring a valuable and rare combination of science and business acumen to our board,” said PARI Founder and President Don Cline. “A passionate advocate of science outreach, his career spans academia, the private sector, and five continents. PARI is currently developing a master plan that will guide and greatly expand our development over the coming years, and in that endeavor I have no doubt that Dr. Mullis will be a tremendous asset to our Board.”

Dr. Mullis was an astrophysicist for nearly two decades before taking a senior strategy position at Wells Fargo Bank and launching his own advisory firm. Beginning with an affinity for science sparked by a school fieldtrip to a small amateur observatory, Dr. Mullis went on to map the structure and evolution of the Universe using the largest telescopes on Earth and in space. He has a distinguished record of scientific discovery and has authored over forty publications in peer-reviewed journals.

He is a graduate of Providence Day School and currently serves as a vice chair of its Board of Trustees. He holds a B.A. with Highest Distinction in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Virginia, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii.  Dr. Mullis currently resides in his native Charlotte with his wife and two children.

PARI, located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, is a 200-acre science education and research center. The site houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments and the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. Exhibit galleries display NASA Space Shuttle artifacts and collections of rare meteorites and minerals. PARI provides STEM educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.

Kenan Fellows: Give to STEM education on Giving Tuesday

November 28th, 2016

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Kenan Fellows will celebrate #GivingTuesday, a national movement focused on giving back during the holiday season.

givingtuesdayWith your support, Kenan Fellows will continue to create fellowship opportunities for teachers to improve their practice, develop as leaders, and bridge STEM at work with STEM in school.

Did you know that 92 percent of Kenan Fellows stay in education at least five years after completing the program? With your help, we can continue to serve educators and their students, and help retain highly-effective teachers by engaging them in strong communities of practice.

Here are some ways you can help?

  • Make a gift to our program. Click here to make a donation.
  • Help us get the word out. Use our Twitter handle @kenanfellows and the hashtag #GivingTuesday to encourage others to give and advocate.
  • Share your Kenan Fellows Program story on social media using pictures or words to describe how the program has impacted you.

Founded in 2000, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators, and is the largest (science, technology, engineering and math) STEM-focused teacher leadership program in North Carolina.

Approximately 50 outstanding K–12 teachers from across the state are selected annually for this year-long program. Key components are a three-week summer internship with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, and 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity and promotes curricular design bridging STEM at work with STEM at school.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Nov. 10, 2016)

November 10th, 2016

NC STEM starts with you. Twice a month we provide an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and our latest edition is now available for you.

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White House Frontiers Conference announces $300 million in investments

November 2nd, 2016

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President Barrack Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, which encouraged leaders in science, technology and innovation to look for ways to expand in the next 50 years.

Attendants focused on five areas of innovation: personal frontiers in health care innovation and precision medicine; local frontiers in building smart, inclusive communities; national frontiers in harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence; global frontiers in accelerating the clean energy revolution; and interplanetary frontiers in space exploration.

More than 700 researchers, business leaders, technologists, philanthropists, local innovators and students came to Pittsburg to discuss the future of public and private sector science, tech and innovation, which will be followed up in the November issue of WIRED and guest-edited by Obama.

The conference included the announcement of $300 million in investments to support science, tech and innovation. Some of those investments will go to the National Instituted of Health, Precision Medicine and Innovation, artificial intelligence and city technology research and space exploration.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Oct. 27, 2016)

October 27th, 2016

NC STEM starts with you. Twice a month we provide an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and our latest edition is now available for you.

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