Applications for the 2021 Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards are now open through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Electronic applications will be accepted no later than 4 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2021.
Thanks to the support of the Biogen Foundation, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a new-and-improved virtual edition of our wildly popular SciMatch program. In April 2021, 100 North Carolina Scientists from all walks of life will share their love of what they do with 100 middle schools across the state!
If you’re a middle school teacher interested in having a scientist visit with your students this April, visit ncscifest.org/scimatch for more details and to register.
Location: NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602
Cost: $85/person (with take-home Makey Makey kit)
Description: Join us for a day of exploration and invention using a device called a Makey Makey! With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as a computer keyboard. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and experiment with it as they start to learn coding.
Capitalize on the maker movement in your classroom! Learn to use the Makey Makey to enhance any curriculum! Teachers joining us will be able to check out Makey Makey kits to use in their classrooms. Gina Barrier of The Science House will be conducting this workshop in Hickory, NC from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration fee is $85. Participants who register before 1/7/2021 will receive their own Makey Makey. Limited to 25 participants. This program qualifies for Digital Learning competencies!
Location: NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602
Description:The Science House, NCSU, is conducting a STEM To Your Doorstep Professional Development session for K-16 STEM teachers at the Northwest Outreach Office!Do you need free equipment, technology and support for your science, math, and CTE courses? The Northwest Outreach Office of The Science House, NC State University, offers a free equipment loan program for STEM teachers! We have laptops, iPads, GPS units, TI graphing calculators, digital microscopes, and Vernier probeware such as temperature sensors, motion detectors, force sensors, water quality kits, weather kits, physiology kits and so much more! We also have Vernier’s wireless sensors! All you need to participate in the loan program is a little training on how to use the equipment! This program qualifies for new Digital Learning competencies!
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North Carolina Farm Bureau is happy to provide agricultural outreach grants to North Carolina teachers through our Ag in the Classroom . . . Going Local program. These grants value up to $500.
Going Local Grants help educators provide Pre-K through collegiate level students with valuable, real-world education and experiences directly related to the agricultural industry and the NC Standard Course of Study. Teachers practicing in private and public North Carolina schools, colleges, and universities are encouraged to apply.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION IS APRIL 15, 2021.
Reach Across the Stars: Meet Your Female Space & Science Heroes (virtually!)January 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern
Virtually “meet” women who have blazed trails in space and related science fields and celebrate National Mentoring Month by learning more about the achievements of women in STEM. This webinar will consist of a panel with STEM professionals and scientists who are featured in a free augmented reality (AR) app designed to allow users to explore the universe and unlock the often-overlooked stories of women and their contributions to space exploration and science.
This post is being published the Friday before many get out for the Christmas break. I am wishing a blessed, restful break for each of you. Your efforts and long hours are not going unnoticed! Keep up the good fight and finish the race well, as you always do, under the everchanging landscape of education. You continue to be my heroes!!
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT Register today for our BEAUTY IS ONLY STEM DEEP Workshop and receive a 10% discount with our coupon code: GLOSS REGISTER NOW Beauty is based on science and women who practice science make a beautiful contribution to the world. In our three day workshop, girls will experience lots of glitter, glam and fun mixed with a dose of science and tech. The girls measure ingredients, convert measurements from ounces to grams, identify elements on a periodic table and problem solve as they mix up batches of soap, sugar lip scrub and glossy lip glitter. During our three days together we will explore how to create, understand, and apply the process of making a beauty product and then incorporate the technology to make it magic!
DATE: Dec 28th to 30th TIME: 9AM – 4PM LOCATION: Experience Anatomy
Dottie Rose Foundation, 5220 BUCKINGHAM DR., Charlotte, NC 28209, United States
I hope this email finds you healthy and doing well! Before you head out on your well deserved holiday break, I wanted to send you information regarding two programs for your middle school students.
First, for your 6th, 7th and 8th grade families we are hosting a virtual Middle School Open House program on February 6, 2020. This program will allow families to gain more information about the NCSSM Residential, Online and Summer programs.
Second, NCSSM hosts the Step Up to STEM program for rising 9th grade students who are African-American, Native American Hispanic/Latinx students to introduce them to STEM programs. This is a FREE program for students in those populations. The students get one free week here in the summer of 2021 and the summer of 2022.
Please share the Open House flyer with all of your 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and parents and please share the Step Up ‘Flyer with all 8th grade parents.
Thank you for all that you do. I know this has been a very difficult year, especially for everyone in education. I hope you enjoy your WELL DESERVED Holiday Break!
We’re happy to announce that the 2021 NCSciFest theme will be Homegrown Science. We’re excited to celebrate science and scientists that have roots in North Carolina, as well as celebrating STEM that can happen from home! As always, this theme isn’t mandatory, but for those of you looking for an interesting spark to guide your events, consider connecting with “Homegrown Science” in a way that works for you.
It’s time to start submitting your events to be part of the 2021 NCSciFest! We’ve made a few small updates to the submission form so we can best highlight both in-person and virtual events, but overall the process is pretty similar to previous years. Here’s the timeline for this year:
Jan 13 – deadline to submit your events and guarantee you’ll receive an event host kit with promotional materials.
Jan 30 – deadline to edit your event details. After this date, we’ll lock the events so our team can do a final review of all descriptions, hyperlinks, dates/times, etc.
Feb 14 – the 2021 NCSciFest calendar launches and our promotion and marketing campaigns reach full speed
April 1-30 – 2021 NCSciFest!
May 7 – deadline to submit your attendance numbers and respond to our event host survey
Promoting year-round events: As many of you know, we help our friends over at the NC STEM Center manage a statewide calendar of year-round opportunities, so we’d like to encourage you to post your holiday and spring opportunities (in-person or online) through that portal so we can help spread the word.
If you applied for a minigrant or to be a Star Party host, our review committees are meeting to discuss the proposals and will be in touch this week for Event Sponsorship applications and next week for Star Party applications.
GSK Science in the Summer™ National Network2021-2022 Call for Applications
GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free, informal science summer program for children entering grades 2-6. The program is designed to inspire students to become the next generation of scientists and engineers, through hands-on explorations based in real science careers, which may be implemented through in-person or virtual program models. The program seeks to serve children from traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM, including people of color, low socioeconomic status populations, rural communities, and girls. Sponsored by GSK, offered in partnership with The Franklin Institute, and supported by NGCP, the goal of this program is to increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers.
Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for participation in the GSK Science in the Summer™ program, including informal science education organizations such as science museums, science centers, children’s museums, and universities that demonstrate:
A strong commitment to serving underrepresented audiences in STEM education programming. A strong history of outreach programming and/or community partnerships. A strong commitment and capacity to meet the program goals and expectations as outlined in the application.
Accepted applicants must commit to two years of programming in 2021 and 2022 and will receive the following benefits, including but not limited to: Stipend to support program implementation and purchasing of program materials. High-quality curriculum, activity guides, and training resources. Professional development for participating staff through a series of training webinars. Increased capacity to provide science programming to underserved audiences. Access to a national network of organizations who are dedicated to providing equitable STEM experiences in the community. Ongoing technical support from national program team to deliver GSK Science in the Summer™.
Application deadline is January 12, 2021, 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM EasternFor additional information and to watch a recording of the application webinar, visit the GSK Science in the Summer™ application webpage. Contact [email protected] with questions about this opportunity.
Are you a middle school science teacher teaching remotely who is committed to equity and justice? If so, please join CU Boulder and the ACESSE project for this paid virtual professional learning opportunity focused on creating more equitable science learning experiences in the time of the pandemic. Application due December 31, 2020, and is estimated to take ten minutes to complete.
Are you a 7 – 12th grade teacher of Science,Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science), interested in becoming a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching? This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the application, feature tips from alumni, and answer your questions. Date: January 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET
NCDPI’s Division of Digital Teaching and Learning in partnership with the K-12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division would like to recognize the tremendous work that North Carolina educators have done to create and remix resources, especially during this time of remote and hybrid learning. NCDPI’s platform, #GoOpenNC, is a place for educators to find, share and create resources that are openly licensed. Over 31,000 educators have engaged with our Open Educational Resources (OER) as they have evaluated, remixed and created over 4800 resources.
#GoOpenNC is excited to make content-aligned resources a priority in 2021, with a focus on content areas where teachers may be especially seeking aligned resources. Our Content Focus Cohorts will recruit educators to engage in a synchronous kick-off that includes discussion of OER, the #GoOpenNC platform and the NCDPI/Friday Institute Quality Review Rubric. Educators will have work time to upload 5-10 resources and then work time to peer review 5-10 resources using a provided rubric. At the end of the cohort, collections will be made to feature the collaboration of these content-area educators and how they use and create resources. Educators can earn up to 1.2 CEUs for participating.
Registration is now live for our first cohort for grades K-3 Science and Math 3 and 4 educators! Participants will be required to attend two webinars that will be on Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, February 10th from 4-5pm with embedded work time to complete the experience by Monday, March 1st.
UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access.
Each weekday, one block of programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel will serve students sixth through twelfth grade, from 12 PM-5 PM (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).
These educational program block is available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online here.
NC Wildlife Resource Commission: Loaner Boxes!
This announcement is being sent on behalf of Tanya Poole. If you have any questions please contact Tanya at email: [email protected]
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is happy to offer loaner boxes for educators within the state of North Carolina. These loaner boxes will allow you to bring a little bit of the wild into your teaching space with no associated cost for teachers. Please see loaner box options below:
Materials included: 3 carnivore, 3 herbivore, & 3 omnivore skulls Laminated lesson plan PowerPoint Laminated skull diagrams Laminated species profiles for skulls included Return shipping label All materials for lesson plan included in loaner box
This holiday season, join as we create and give through 3D printing. Introduce your child to one of the most revolutionary manufacturing techniques of this decade, and embark on an exciting journey of discovery and exploration! Kids will learn about the breadth of 3D printing, understand how it works and create their own virtual 3D models using TinkerCAD. In addition to the students creating their own 3D printed item each day, we will be plugging in live to work with the children of Levine’s Children’s Hospital through Seacrest Studios.
Computer Science Education week will run from December 7-11, 2020. Below each day has been broken down into daily activities that can be implemented each day. Each day has a link to daily computer science facts and then either computational thinking activities or applied computer science activities.
Animate a 3D Logo –Kids will use their imagination and code to create an animated 3D logo of their name, favorite sports team or anything else they want. At the end, they can download an animated sticker of their creation and share it with friends.
Play that Tune Puzzle –In this activity, kids will build code to play tunes given in the puzzles. After completing all of the levels, they can code their own tune and download it as an app for an Android device.
The NC Business Committee for Education in partnership with Lenovo has launched cycle 2 of our statewide mobile app development competition- Ready, Set, App! Registration for cycle two has been extended and will close on January 15, 2021. Can you please share the information below with your network?
The Ready, Set, App! challenge is an Android mobile app development competition for North Carolina students. Student groups will develop a functional and original mobile app using a mobile app development platform, such as MIT App Inventor, to solve a problem in their community or school. The top teams will get the opportunity to pitch their app at the Virtual Ready, Set, App! Competition in April to win Lenovo-branded prizes. All final teams will receive an appointed intern to serve as peer support and a project workbook to assist with the app development process.
Participants must be in 9-12th grade.This competition is for public or public charter high schools in NC.Teams of 3-5.Each team must have an educator to serve as their advisor.Please note- projects do not have to be completed by January 15th. Register now to gain access to additional materials to support your app development process.
Join us for Cultural Arts LIVE, a two-day immersive and interactive learning experience for you and your students.Take virtual field trips across the state. Watch and impact an artist at work. Learn their craft. Explore history. Be entertained by dancers and performers. Move along with them. Participate in a virtual choir with students all across NC. Get started now with the pre-conference activities online. The list goes on, and it’s all for free.
Register now to attend Cultural Arts LIVE brought to you by NC Student Connect on December 15th and 16th. Don’t worry if you can only attend a session or two or if both days can’t fit into your schedule. We will have recordings of most sessions available following the conference for anything you miss or want to revisit.
Build a pencil eraser plane: How can you improve the design? Can you make it turn? Go faster/further?
Build your own Christmas boxes: How does the increase of the perimeter change the volume?
Free for 4th-6th Grade Educators:
NC State is teaming up with Project Food, Land, and People to offer a fully virtual, free professional development workshop in January. We invite 4-6th grade teachers to join us!The workshop will be held in 4 two hour sessions: January 4, 6, 11, and 13 from 3-5 pm. You can expect an interactive experience while logged in to Zoom during these times, with about two additional time spent on homework throughout the session at your own pace. We will train teachers on Project Food, Land and People, focusing on ways to bring hands-on lessons to your students in online or in-person formats. We will also feature time with local NC farmers who will also host virtual field trips for your students after you complete the training. We ask that participants commit to the entire workshop, and we can offer documentation for 1.0 CEUs.This project is also part of a research project funded through the USDA and led by NC State. Participating teachers will be encouraged, but not required, to participate. Participation involves administering online surveys to students and sending survey links to parents.Please see the attached flyer and click here to sign up for the workshop. Any questions can be answered by Caitiln Reilly at [email protected].Look forward to seeing you in January!Caitlin Reilly & Kathryn StevensonParks, Recreation & Tourism Management | NC State Universitygo.ncsu.edu/stevenson
Nation’s Highest Honors for STEM Teachers
For more than 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have rewarded and inspired teachers across the country. PAEMST, which have honored more than 5,000 teachers, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. Nominate a teacher or apply today at www.paemst.org.
We are pleased to announce that we are in the planning phases for the 1st Annual Student Led CS Virtual Summit. Our division is currently recruiting students to sit on the Planning and Marketing Committees. If you know of any students who may be interested please have them complete the Interest Form.
NC Computer Standards Now Available:
At the August State Board of Education Meeting, the K-12 Computer Science Standards were approved for implementation in the 2021-22 school year. These standards are now available for viewing on our website: Computer Science & Technology Education. Additional resources are being developed and when available will also be posted to this site.
Through 20 days of instruction, high school students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future. In February and March, the curriculum will be used in 14 classrooms (or virtual classrooms, as the case may be) in the Louisiana Bayou.
Greetings from NCSciFest HQ!
As many of you know, our team is hard at work planning the 2021 North Carolina Science Festival. While there’s still uncertainty about what lies ahead, you can count on NCSciFest returning for a month-long, statewide celebration of science in April!
We wanted to make you aware of two upcoming deadlines to receive support to host events (either in-person, virtually, or a hybrid):
Event Sponsorship Program: Do you have an innovative idea for a fun, pandemic-proof event but need some extra support to help it come to fruition? Apply for a mini-grant of up to $1000 through our Event Sponsorship Program. Applications are due November 30.
Statewide Star Party: This year’s Star Party will celebrate the Moon and Mars with event host activity kits that can be used for in-person or virtual events, along with a suite of free online programs. Learn more and apply to be a Star Party host here. Applications are due December 11. We’ll also host an informational meeting over Zoom on Wed, November 18 at noon for those interested in learning more – RSVP here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, want to chat about ideas for events, or if you simply want to learn more about these or other NCSciFest initiatives.
Best, Erik and the NCSciFest Team
Erik MacIntoshPrograms Manager, NC Science FestivaPronouns: he, him, his
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
250 East Franklin Street | Campus Box 3480 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480
Dear Teachers, We are inviting you and other middle and high school teachers in North Carolina to participate in a focus group for a research study at North Carolina State University. Our study explores how people make sense of an emerging biotechnology known as a “gene drive.” Your participation is part of a global study to help us understand how to communicate about new technologies across cultures. We are working with colleagues who are also facilitating focus groups similar to ours with public school teachers in the United Kingdom and Uganda. We are specifically interested in your perspective as a high school biology teacher, and you will be grouped with teachers who teach in the same or similar subjects. One-third of the time during the focus group will concentrate on how the activities and information from our discussion could be useful as part of standards-based lesson plans in your classes. If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to attend one 90-minute focus group using the online meeting platform Zoom. Before the meeting, you will receive an explanation of the purpose of the study, some background materials to learn about gene drives, and the plan for the focus group. Prior to or at the start of the focus group, you will be asked to sign a consent form, which indicates that your participation is voluntary and can be terminated at any time. We will also ask you to choose a pretend name (pseudonym) to use during the focus group – you will change your Zoom name to this pretend name so that your identity is not connected to the transcript of the meeting. Following the focus group, all participants who attended any part of the meeting will receive Amazon gift cards in the amount of $50 as a thank-you for participation. We plan to host a focus group for science teachers on November, 17 at 7:00-8:30pm. The subject area distinctions are important for our research questions. Please email Dr. Katie Barnhill-Dilling at [email protected] if you can be available and we will send you the additional materials described above. Please also feel welcome to suggest names of other teachers in your school who might be interested, provided that they teach biology, history, English, or social studies. Thank you for considering, even in such chaotic times! Dr. Katie Barnhill-DillingNorth Carolina State University
NCTM Virtual Conference
November 11 – 14, 2020
NCTM is committed to bringing the math community together for engaging content that will help transform the learning and teaching of mathematics. Join your colleagues for the NCTM 2020 Virtual Conference November 11-14 and share in the excitement and love of math!
CELEBRATING THE VIRTUAL POWER AND POTENTIAL OF TEACHING MATH
In a year unlike any other, we are re-imagining mathematics. Sharing our love of mathematics ignites a spark that helps develop engineers, scientists, medical professionals, and educators. Together, math teachers are re-configuring the world!
The conference delivers an easy way to share your experiences, challenges, and successes with colleagues from throughout the world.
More than 200 live or OnDemand sessions will explore all aspects of teaching and learning math. Many of the discussions are teacher led and classroom based, including these:
Eliminate the Fear of Fractions Using Visual Representations with Denise Harrison and Mangai Neelavannan
Using Abstract Art to Teach Geometric Concepts: Reimagined for a Distance-Learning Environment with Kristina Barnaby
Geometric Problem Solving: Integrating Critical Thinking through Challenging Puzzles and Games with Thomas Marlowe
What’s Next in Statistics? Vertical Alignment of Statistics to Understand How the Concept Evolves with Kathryn Early
Empowering a Classroom of #DreamChasers with Joanna Stevens
NROC continues to customize EdReady for use by LEAs and the materials provided are based on the most up to date information at the time of creation. The screenshots and processes in the resources may look slightly different from the EdReady instance used by your LEA. The report or activity will be the same, only the details of how to access may change. As updates are made to EdReady, CCRG LEA EdReady Administrators will be notified.
DPI and NROC are working to define how to most easily get your users access to EdReady and are planning a single sign-on (SSO) integration. These details are still being finalized and will be shared with the CCRG LEA Administrator as soon as they are available.
NOTE: this is an updated approach and may be different than you heard if you attended the first week of sessions. LEA Admin accounts will no longer be shared this week, as the implementation of SSO will impact how those accounts need to be created and managed.
Begin building your CCRG team for your LEA and start planning the training of other administrators, teachers, counselors, curriculum specialists, etc in your LEA. You can use the resources in the Canvas CCRG PD Resources course above when conducting your training.
Spend some time working through the Math and English Student Experience DEMO courses and ask the others on your team to do the same.
Watch your email for scheduled “Office Hours” coming in November! This will give you an opportunity to drop-in and ask questions of NROC experts, community college faculty who have taught these courses at the community college, and DPI.
On October 9, 2020, the NCDPI K-12 Mathematics consultants offered a virtual webinar for K-12 school and district math leadership. It served as a follow-up to the 2020 Virtual Summer Professional Development for K-12 mathematics. The agenda, presentation, and recording are now available on the K-12 Mathematics Google site.
Click HERE to Subscribe to our Google Calendar to get updates on PD opportunities and events.
Try Out New Trivia Platform–Virtual Engagement!
This announcement is being sent on behalf of Jonathan M. Frederick. If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Frederick at email: [email protected] or the email below.
Greetings Teachers and Friends,
We hope you’re all doing as well as possible this semester. In a normal year, we’d be busy sending scientists to your classrooms across the state as part of our SciMatch Program. While that’s on hold, we are excited about a brand-new initiative we want to pilot with you! Our partners at SAS, a global leader in data analytics, have developed a fun new trivia platform that we think would be a great way to interact with your students. We’re inviting you to be the first group of teachers to check out this exciting, science-themed trivia series.
Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 4pm, for a fun round of trivia, and a chance to win one of our NCSciFest prize packs. RSVP here to reserve your spot – (https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Zl-TUcChSlmJQ7FZIsz-yA) there’s no cost to join, but we would like you to share your feedback afterwards to help guide us as we get ready to roll the series out to middle school students across the state.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to this email: [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there—and bring a colleague. Space is limited to sign up now!
GSK Science in the Summer
GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free, informal science summer program for children entering grades 2-6. The program is designed to inspire students to become the next generation of scientists, through hands-on explorations based in real science careers, which may be implemented through in-person or virtual program models. The program seeks to serve children from traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM, including people of color, low socioeconomic status populations, rural communities, and girls. Sponsored by GSK, offered in partnership with The Franklin Institute, and supported by the National Girls Collaborative Project, the goal of this program is to increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers. Applications are being accepted for two years of participation in the GSK Science in the Summer™ program in 2021-2022 from informal science education organizations such as science museums, science centers, children’s museums, and universities. Applications are due January 12, 2021. To register for the upcoming application webinar on November 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern, visit the GSK Science in the Summer™ application webpage.
This message is being sent on behalf of Monte Kalisch, Director of Technology and co-inventor of Pactful. For more information contact Monte at [email protected] or (571) 212-5234. What if you could build a better world? The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego is calling for middle- and high-school educators to join us in our effort to make a local and global impact. Through the Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge in fall 2020 and spring 2021, educators and teenagers will develop an innovator’s mindset and the skills to create solutions to local or global problems. There is no cost to participate, and we will provide ongoing professional development support for teachers before and during the event. Hosted by The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego, this global competition helps students develop an innovator’s mindset and skills that cut across STEAM-sector jobs by using design thinking to engage in social good innovation. Using Pactful, students learn essential skills such as empathy, critical thinking, community engagement, design, prototyping, and storytelling that benefit them in future-focused careers. Pactful and this challenge are sponsored through the generosity of Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs.
Modeling with Context: Authentic Problems to Foster a Modeling Mindset
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 4:00 PM
Register Now! Introduce students to the modeling process through problems that have relevance and meaning in their own lives. Students will engage more deeply with a real-world problem if they have a voice in how it is resolved, and the modeling process empowers students who are also stakeholders.
In this session, we will look at a selection of modeling problems that arose from local issues or needs, and we will discuss strategies for identifying local problems that lend themselves to a modeling approach. We will step into the modeling process with a scaffolded approach to incorporating modeling into the classroom, and specific examples will include, among others, the following real problems: As our school population increases, how can we optimize the lunch lines? How can our parking lot be redesigned to accommodate more vehicles?
Join us to explore the modeling process through the lens of local problems, and learn how to identify problems that are meaningful to the students who solve them.
Maria Hernandez (Retired Math Teacher @The NC School of Science and Mathematics)
With over 30 year of teaching experience, Maria has developed curricula for high school students in various mathematics courses. The bulk of her teaching career was at The NC School of Science and Mathematics. She has led teacher collaborations via distance learning and has taught workshops for courses from Algebra I to AP Calculus and Complex Systems. Her focus is using mathematical modeling, discovery-based activities, technology and real-world problems to engage students as active learners in the mathematics classroom. Maria received The 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and The UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Maria serves on The NCTM/SIAM/COMAP Joint Committee on Modeling Across the Curriculum and the US National Commission on Mathematics Instruction.
Greta Mills (Mathematics Department Chair @Oxbridge Academy)
Greta Mills taught for 18+ years in New Hampshire before relocating to Florida in 2013. She is currently the Mathematics Department Chair at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, FL, where she teaches courses in Digital Logic, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Modeling, and Calculus. Ms. Mills is a judge for the M3 Challenge, a member of the Math Modeling Hub, and a frequent presenter at NCTM conferences.
Through the Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge in fall 2020 and spring 2021, educators and teenagers will develop an innovator’s mindset and the skills to create solutions to local or global problems.
There is no cost to participate, and we will provide ongoing professional development support for teachers before and during the event.
Hosted by The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego, this global competition helps students develop an innovator’s mindset and skills that cut across STEAM-sector jobs by using design thinking to engage in social good innovation. Using Pactful, students learn essential skills such as empathy, critical thinking, community engagement, design, prototyping, and storytelling that benefit them in future-focused careers. Pactful and this challenge are sponsored through the generosity of Dr. Irwin and Mrs. Joan Jacobs.
Have you ever dreamed of yourself as a STAR and seeing your name up in lights? With 17 teacher award programs, your dream could become a reality.
Did you know more than $80,000 in cash and prizes are just waiting to be claimed? We are excited to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 awards cycle and this could be the year that you and/or your school walks away with a treasure trove of cash and prizes.
NSTA Award Programs, with contributions from our many sponsors*, was created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field. It honors exceptional and innovative science educators and principals for their outstanding work.
There is something for everyone as we have programs designed for all grade levels. Come on and let the spotlight shine on you, your program, your students and your school. Click this link to apply yourself and/or click this one to nominate a colleague or student. But hurry because the December 10, 2020 deadline will be here before you know it.
For more information contact Michelle Butler, the NSTA Awards and Recognition Program liaison, at 703.312.9254 or via email: [email protected].
NSTA thanks this year’s sponsors for their support of science education, science teachers and their proactive efforts in the science education field.
*Bio-Rad Corteva Northrop Grumman Foundation SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Shell Vernier Software & Technology
NC Congressman Patrick McHenry graciously donated a laptop and desktop to STEM West. Specifically, the devices will be used by STEM West’s new AmeriCorps Communications VISTA Madi NeeSmith. An AmeriCorps VISTA is someone who serves full-time for a year at non-profit organizations and public agencies to help them build capacity, effectively generate the commitment of private sector resources, encourage local volunteer service, and empower not only individuals but also communities. Here at STEM West, Madi uses these devices to help support and expand STEM West’s advocacy of the alignment between educational and occupational objectives by partnering with the regional workforce and community. The devices assist in obtaining research regarding STEM education, career pathways, higher education, and gaps in the industrial workforce in our western rural communities. Furthermore, the devices assist in grant writing, marketing, and networking. STEM West is very appreciative of the continuous support and gracious donation from Congressman McHenry.
Continual gratitude is also expressed to Burroughs Wellcome Fund for providing the funding for the AmeriCorp VISTA position for the 2020-2021 year!
Please join NCBCE for the REAL (Remote Education & Learning) 2.0 Conference. October 28th, 2020
This summer NCBCE hosted the REAL Conference to help prepare rural educators in North Carolina for the new school year. The REAL Conference was packed with resources and ideas on how to successfully teach a virtual classroom. We have expanded the session offerings and REAL 2.0 will be open to ALL North Carolina educators!
Join us for REAL 2.0 to explore virtual teaching tools, strategies, and ideas. We will have sessions for educators and parents!
Learn more about the conference and register HERE.
Some of the 40 sessions that will take place the day of the conference include:
Parent sessions in English and Spanish. Some session topics include:
Mental Health for Students & Parents During Covid
College Application Process/FAFSA
Understanding SeeSaw/Canvas/Google Classroom
Supporting your Student with Autism During Remote Learning
But I’m not a Teacher – Strategies for Parents that Support Virtual Learning
Educator sessions will include:
Google Extensions for Educators
Intermediate and Advanced Canvas
Addressing the Need of Exceptional Learning (in the Regular Classroom)
Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning
Book Creator: Students Can Create and Publish Their Own Books
How to Build a Strong and Engaged Class Community
GoFormative: Create an Interactive Lesson From Any Website
Seesaw Activities: Creating Activities Today for Tomorrow’s Lesson
Creating Self-Paced, Blended Lessons for Students
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks – Intermediate to Advanced
You Have to See It, To Be It!
Hip Hop videos for middle and high school students highlighting men and women of color who fly jets and are doctors!