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This week: FREE or stipend related trainings with our partners: Kenan Fellows, Smithsonian, Vulcan, ASU, NCCSM, and Work in Burke!!
A Cross-Curricular Exploration of Food and the Environment From the Mountains to the Coast
The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is thrilled to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency and Durham Public Schools to offer an exciting Professional Development opportunity for 25 K-12 educators. Thanks to a generous grant from the Merck Foundation, the Kenan Fellows Program is offering 3 virtual sessions this year during Early Release Days focusing on food, environmental justice, and related issues from the mountains to the coast, culminating in a trip to the EPA and a free overnight trip to the NC Coastal Federation next summer. Each virtual session is facilitated by Kenan Fellows Alumni, and chosen educators will receive a $100 stipend upon completion for their involvement.
Virtual Session #1 (slated for October 28th, 2020): Talk with various organizations and partners to learn about Durham and it’s historical connection with food, as well as some organizations that are helping to provide healthy options for everyone.
Virtual Session #2 (slated for April 28th, 2021): Meet with industry partners and organizations in Western North Carolina to see what the foothills and mountains of North Carolina offer in the world of agriculture to the benefit of our state’s economy.
Virtual Session #3 (TBD sometime in late July to early August 2021): This session will be combined with a field trip to the coast to see how the NC Coastal Federation utilizes aquaculture to support local businesses and the environment.
Each virtual session will be immediately followed by an opportunity to reflect and connect with the other chosen educators, and there will be an introductory session on Early Release day 10/7/2020 and a brainstorming work session on Early Release day 2/24/2021.
A virtual or in-person tour of the EPA and all of their resources available to educators is included and will happen in early summer 2021.
Back to School: Engaging Students in Transdisciplinary Learning through Food!
As schools across the globe see students and teachers returning to the classroom or undertaking distance learning, the Smithsonian Science Education Center is supporting educators to engage students in exciting, transdisciplinary learning that can be done in or out of the classroom.
The Smithsonian Science for Global Goals module, Food! How do we ensure good nutrition for all? Supports young people to investigate issues of food and nutritional security in their own communities, and in communities across the globe. This module brings together science and engineering education with social studies, health and civics to engage students in mapping food access points in their own communities, analyzing food and nutritional guidelines from around the world, exploring recipes and ingredients, and engineering better food storage containers, among other activities.
Over the months of September and October, the Smithsonian Science Education Center will host three webinars to provide educators with support to use the Food! How do we ensure good nutrition for all? module in their own classrooms or distance learning contexts.
Are you wondering what academic enrichment opportunities you might line up for next summer? Do you know a great student who would benefit from a summer enrichment program but you are not sure what to recommend? Join us in this informational webinar to learn more about North Carolina’s two signature programs offered to high school students, Governor’s School and Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics.
Webinar Opportunity: Transformational Summer Programs for High School Students: Summer Ventures and Governor’s School
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Students, Families, Teachers and School Counselors,
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE: You can do “at home” (A Virtual Make-It-Take-It) Register Today
Teachers are facing the challenge of teaching science “from a distance”. Join us for three sessions to see 75 things that can be made by children at home to help them learn science concepts. These learning aides are made from items commonly found at the home or grocery store. Members of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) will be presenting these ideas via “Zoom” sessions. When: Thursdays, October 1st, 15th and 29th from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m.
Presenters: Laura Lowder, Pfeiffer University Brad Rhew, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Manley Midgett, Meredith College
Topics addressed include: weather, electricity, sound, the Solar System, inertia, force & motion, sink or float, properties of matter, and gravity.
FREE for NCSTA Members
$30 for Non-members (complimentary membership included) One Registration covers all three sessions. Credit Card Payments Only. Register Today A Zoom link will be sent to those who register on the day of the session(s).Contact Manley Midgett at 919-218-7917 or [email protected]
Mark your calendar and plan to join us September 15, 1:30-3:00 PM ET, as we discuss STEM Teacher Preparation. We will be joined by teacher faculty with extensive experience and new ideas in preparing tomorrow’s STEM teachers and increasing student diversity in STEM agency and pursuits. The event will be broadcast live here. You can submit questions in advance and during the event here. Please see the attached invitation for more details and feel free to forward to other interested parties. If this was forwarded to you and you are interested in receiving similar invitations and the Department of Education’s STEM Newsletter, you can subscribe at www.ed.gov/subscriptions.Patti Curtis Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov/STEM Sign Up for ED newsletters, including STEM, here. 200915 STEM Teacher Prep Invite.pdfUpdate your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please contact subscriberhelp.govdelivery.com.
In the wake of this new era of education, distance learning and the challenges it brings to teaching requires that educators take a hard look at developing pedagogy that will provide all students online learning opportunities that are accessible and equitable. Join us virtually and hear from top Science Educators in North Carolina sharing the ways and means to remote learning in a virtual classroom and addressing diversity and equity during distance learning. Fall Webinar Series – Session 1September 21, 2020 5:30 – 7 pm
Remote Learning, Strengths/Weaknesses, and Strategies for Success
FeaturingDr. Jamie Lathan,Dean of Distance Education and Extended Programs at the North Carolina School of Science and Math Dr. Lathan is the Dean of Distance Education and Extended Programs at NCSSM, where he supervises and leads Distance Education faculty by supporting and modeling innovative pedagogy and technology integration. He also helps to ensure the academic success of NCSSM distance education students.
And Candace Chambers, Teacher Development Specialist at the North Carolina School of Science and Math In addition to teaching, Candace has served as Interdisciplinary Coordinator for Distance Education and in recent years she has taken on numerous projects such as developing new curriculum, piloting new instructional technologies in the classroom, supporting school-wide professional growth initiatives, and scaffolding new advising opportunities for students in distance education.
Future Webinars October 13: Equity & Inclusion in the Distance Learning Environment November 4: Remote Learning Tools for a Virtual Science Classroom December 3: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy FREE to NCSLA Members but you must register to attend. $40 for Nonmembers. Includes all four webinars plus one-year membership in NCSLA.
Sponsored by Mary Dolciani Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Teacher Professional Development Grants are provided to improve the competence of in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers in grades 6 through 8. While this grant does not fund the purchase of technology, proposals including professional development involving the use of technology to enhance student learning are encouraged. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan, but not be the primary focus of the grant.
Eligible applicants are one or more current mathematics teachers per school who spend at least half of the school day teaching mathematics in grades 6 through 8, have three or more years of teaching experience in grades 6 through 8, and are a full individual or e-member of NCTM, or teach in a school with an NCTM prekindergarten through grade 8 school membership. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply.
Applicants must provide five copies (one original and four copies) of the complete application in a single packet to mail to the contact address by the deadline. Faxed applications are not accepted.
Foundation for Rural Service 4121 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1000 Arlington, VA 22203 Phone: 703.351.2026 Email: [email protected]
The Foundation for Rural Service provides a variety of programs ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. The foundation aims to improve educational achievement in rural communities across the country with projects that will have a long-lasting effect on the community. Grants are concentrated in four major areas: business and economic development, community development, education, and telecommunications.
Educational grants support technology in the classroom (such as computers and smart boards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities, and distance learning programs. The foundation recently supported funding for Chromebooks for elementary school students, virtual reality equipment for high school students, and classroom computers for underserved students. Priority is given to projects that will be fully funded by the grant maximum, or those that have 75 percent of the project costs funded.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and schools. Applications must be submitted online.
Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Applications are due September 30, 2020.
After School, General Education, Professional Development, Rural, Technology, Technology Ed
PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult
21st Century Themes and Skills:
Communication, Digital Literacy, Financial, Entrepreneurial, Economic, Business Literacy, Information Literacy, Innovation
ADVOCACY: NC CAP CALL FOR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERSHIP
The North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is a statewide Network dedicated to increasing access to high-quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all children and youth in North Carolina, helping them to succeed in and out of school. Our work includes research and best practices in the afterschool and expanded learning environment; convening key stakeholders (statewide and regional); advocating for policies to support afterschool and expanded learning; and professional development and technical support for afterschool programs. NC CAP is currently seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to join our advisory board. If selected, advisory board members will serve a 2-year term with a mid-term review.
If you are one or more of the following, we are interested in you: -Leaders within out-of-school time programs or partnering agencies focused on our priority areas – youth development, STEM, literacy, nutrition & physical activity, equity & access – interested in implementing impactful statewide programs and initiatives. – Energetic and entrepreneurial business people, who are not already overextended with other commitments, eager to put their enthusiasm for changing the world to work for our state’s children. -Community leaders and philanthropists willing to engage their peers to ensure access to high-quality programs for all youth. -Astute governmental or state agency advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding and legislation. -Scholars/academics who want to put their expertise in youth development, STEM, literacy, nutrition & physical activity, equity & access, to work for youth statewide.
If you hold yourself to high expectations, then you’ll find service on our advisory board very rewarding. We are looking for passionate individuals who will: -Attend four (4) quarterly (in-person or virtual) advisory board meetings –annually Actively engage in NC CAP events and communications -Support planning of events including the annual Synergy Conference -Advocate for the Network’s mission and vision locally and statewide
Interested candidates can complete the application form here. The deadline to apply is September 16, 2020 at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Selected individuals will be notified mid-late September for an interview.
It’s not too late! You can still benefit from the REAL (Remote Education and Learning) conference held on August 6th. Go to REALconference.echodea.com to login and access materials and recordings of the sessions. Sessions were on a variety of topics such as Bitmoji Interactive Classrooms, Digital Tools to Support Distance Learning, Virtual STEAM: Hands-On Learning at Home, Canvas 101, and multiple Google Classroom sessions. We hope you will find lots of tools to add to your remote learning toolbox.
Free Live Online and On-Demand Workshops for K-12 Educators
IBM AI Education is an immersive, online professional learning suite of FREE live and on-demand institutes, webinars taken to the next level, crafted by and for educators. The nine institutes will guide educators through AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections, with topics including introduction to AI, natural language processing, ethics, robotics, and more. Educators can choose to view just one institute or experience multiple sessions, and by attending all nine, they have the opportunity to earn the IBM AI Education badge. All attendees will walk away with an exposure to AI and ideas on how to incorporate AI fundamentals into their curriculum through our example activities during each session as well as an interactive toolkit of strategies that attendees can access after each institute.
Live Institutes – This series of nine live online institutes about AI is free for K-12 teachers, encouraging educators to actively interact and share content with one another. Each institute lasts 90-minutes and covers a different topic of AI, including an introduction to AI, modern-day applications, ethics of AI, equity-centered Design Thinking, diversity and inclusion, employability skills for students, and more.
On-Demand Institutes – These self-paced institutes are the same interactive content and 90-minute length as our live version with the added benefits of pausing, doing one lesson at a time, and picking up right where you left off! On-demand
institutes are a great way to catch up on prior topics or review content after attending a live event.
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Students participating in eCYBERMISSION cultivate their interests in STEM and work in virtual teams where they are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world, while working together to better their communities using scientific inquiry and engineering design methods. Students compete in teams of three or four for State, Regional and National Awards. Registration is now open.
eCYBERMISSION offers a mini-grant to support teachers and program leaders as you implement the competition into your curriculum! Funding can be used by schools, teachers and program leaders for supplies and professional development. If your mini-grant application is submitted by our early, September 16, 2020 deadline, accepted applications will be dispersed by early October, 2020. The final deadline for applications is October 14, 2020. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Apply here.
Hands-On Virtual Energy Workshops
Calling all K-12 science, CTE, & math teachers!
We invite you to attend a sponsored free energy education virtual workshop! This is not your average Zoom professional development! Since March, NEED has delivered tried-and-true, engaging virtual workshops for educators. We may be virtual, but it’s still hands-on and 2020 celebrates our 40th year of putting energy into education.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? K-12 science teachersCTE teachersMath teachers FOR THE ATTENDEES: It’s FREE!Receive a hands-on energy kit for your classroom.Curriculum materials aligned to state standards.Substitute reimbursement for weekday workshops or stipend for attending a weekend workshop.Engaging activities, networking, distance learning tips and tricks shared by our NEED facilitators.Access to free STEM and energy-themed curriculum and resources!
I really thought I was tired of having virtual classes and meetings BUT this was really worth it. I was glad to be a part of this virtual experience– if they were all this fun and informative, I wouldn’t get in trouble for not being fully engaged!!
I’ve attended five online workshops this summer and this was the best. Very relevant to the curriculum and lots of activities that can be used online and in class. THANK YOU!!!I have to be honest I was not looking forward to the virtual workshop, but it was positive and motivating to me as a teacher.
Here’s a little something we’ve been working on… a new podcast series: The Project. It’s all about PBL, of course. And we made it with you in mind.
With special guests, like Ron Berger and Carlos Moreno, and PBL teachers telling their stories from the trenches, we’re diving deep into the power, the potential, the pitfalls, and the possibilities of Project Based Learning – to help you, your students, and your colleagues get the most out of PBL.
The NC Space Grant 2020-21 STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education Scholarship is now open for applications. Your students studying to become K-12 STEM-subject teachers are eligible to apply for this competitive program, which will provide them with a scholarship of $3,500, training from NASA education specialists, an expenses-paid trip to NASA Langley Research Center and other opportunities.
Undergraduate education majors can learn more and apply here:
This is a wonderful opportunity for pre-service teachers to learn how to bring exciting NASA science into their future classrooms, to inspire the next generation of explorers!
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) STEM Scholars Program involves partnerships between NCSSM and interested North Carolina public schools for a two-year cohort program offering Computer Science and math-enriched STEM elective courses for 9th and 10th graders. These courses are designed to better prepare students in small rural schools, particularly students who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields, for the many opportunities they will have in 11th and 12th grade, from AP and IB coursework in their home school to enrollment in NCSSM or Career and College Promise courses. With increased exposure to the foundational skills required to work effectively in STEM, these students will be well positioned for success as future global leaders.
Students participating in the STEM Scholars program are selected by their local schools. Each school participating in the program is committed to enrolling at least 3 students in the same section during the student’s freshman year. These students will follow up taking a 2nd course in their sophomore year.
NCSSM partners with schools across the state to connect students to a new world of resources. Interested in learning more?Visit www.ncssm.edu/openenrollment. For more information, contact Camilla Brothers, Outreach and Partnership Manager, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 919-416-2658.
Register Now! VIRTUAL SciREN Triangle and Educator Open House
Would you like the opportunity to talk directly to local scientists and learn about their research first hand? Do you want access to free, virtual lesson plans and resources you can immediately use in your classrooms? Want to avoid traffic and not have to move off your couch?! This night is perfect for you! Join us this year for our VIRTUALSciREN Triangle and Educator Open House on Sept. 24, 2020 from 6:30-8:00pm.
This free, live, online event will feature local scientists, Museum educators, and partner organizations showcasing their lesson plans and resources/opportunities in a relaxed environment. Learn about new virtual programs and field trips, outreach programs, and professional development opportunities that are available during this time of social distancing. Through a partnership with SciREN (Scientific Research and Education Network), meet local scientists ready to distribute curriculum-centered lessons based on their current research! This is an excellent way to rejuvenate teaching methods, integrate relevant and real science into student learning, and reach out into the community. Registered educators will be sent Zoom links for each of the scientists and partner organizations that will be available for live chats (drop-in style) from 6:30-8:30pm. You will also receive access to digital lesson plans. Please consider joining us from the comfort of your own home!
U.S. Department of Education Launches Space Mission Challenge for High School Students
CTE Mission: CubeSat Challenge seeks to inspire, prepare students for a future in aerospace
Building on the Administration-wide commitment to expand student interest in the booming science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, the U.S. Department of Education launchedCTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to inspire students to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. High school students from across the country are invited to design and build CubeSat (cube satellite) prototypes, or satellites that aid in space research, bringing space missions out of the clouds and into the classroom. To learn more, schools can join avirtual information session on September 1, 2020.
“This is such an exciting way to rethink education and get students engaged in hands-on learning in the growing aerospace and technology fields,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “I look forward to seeing the innovative prototypes students develop and hope this challenge inspires our next generation of American space explorers.”
Investors predict thatspace will be the next trillion-dollar industry, and as missions in space continue to expand, so do the career opportunities. This multi-phase challenge offers high school students across the United States the chance to build CubeSat prototypes while learning creative, collaborative, and technical skills for 21st century careers.
Schools interested in entering CTE Mission: CubeSat should form a team andsubmit a mission proposal by 5:59 p.m. ET, on Oct. 16, 2020 — no in-person collaboration or prior experience with CubeSats is required. The online submission form asks for school information, a team profile, a project proposal, and anticipated learning outcomes. Curated educational resources are available to students and teachers online in the CTE Mission: CubeSat resource hub.
Up to five finalists will be selected to receive prizes and participate in Phase 2, which runs from January to May 2021. Finalists will have access to expert mentorship and additional virtual resources as they build CubeSat prototypes and plan flight events to launch their prototypes. The Department understands that due to current conditions, schools will need flexibility to safely collaborate when designing and building prototypes during the challenge. The Department looks forward to the creative solutions in the mission proposals it receives as challenge entries.
Each finalist will receive an equal share of the $25,000 cash prize pool, as well as satellite development, hardware, and software kits. Challenge sponsors include Arduino, Blue Origin, Chevron, EnduroSat, LEGO Education, Magnitude.io, MIT Media Lab, and XinaBox.
“Developing a CubeSat prototype is an opportunity for students to learn competitive skills and explore a wide range of careers in space — or their own communities,” said Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump. “Through CTE Mission: CubeSat, we aim to bring students new learning opportunities to build valuable technical skills for in-demand and rewarding careers.”
About Ed Prizes
CTE Mission: CubeSat is part of Ed Prizes, a series of prize competitions to develop new products and services to both increase access to, and expand the capacity of, career and technical education. The Department has awarded $1.7 million in prizes through three previous challenges. Learn more atedprizes.com.
P.S. Join us August 25, 2020, 1:30-3:00pm ET for the next STEM Webinar on Cybersecurity Education. Live streamed here.
Since many schools will not meet in person this year, we know that many students will not have access to lab equipment at school to complete their projects. We have modified out STEM Research Grants program and moved up the timeline to get take-home lab equipment to teachers as quickly as possible. We hope they will loan this equipment out to students to complete the projects. One hundred teachers will be selected to receive $1,000 in take-home kits.
Please pass this message on to teachers connected to your fair and encourage them to apply.
Thank you for all you do to support students in science fair, especially in these unusual times.
Designed by The Science House of NC State University, Digital Development: Tackling Remote Learning in STEM Education is an affordable, virtual, and four session (3:30 – 5:30 each day) professional development training to empower teachers, schools and districts to leverage online STEM resources to create authentic and flexible remote learning experiences. What does the program cover?✔ Planning and Harnessing Quality Lesson Plans✔ Citizen Science In (or Out) of the Classroom✔ Interactive Virtual Labs and Simulations✔ Big Data and Education Data Mining✔ Bias in Resources Program Details: Grade Level(s): K-12 Teachers Date(s): Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3, 2020 (Daily sessions 3:30 – 5:30 pm Location: Online using Zoom Video Conferencing Cost: $100 for the week Description: This professional development will be delivered online using Zoom video conferencing. Participants are expected to participate in the live daily sessions all four days (Monday – Thursday afternoons). In addition to the four live sessions (8 hours of content) an additional offline assignment requiring two hours of work will be included, bringing the total hours up to 10 and offering a certificate of completion for 1.0 units of digital learning and content. Please note the sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing only if needed. Contact(s): Scott Ragan ([email protected]) Application Deadline: This professional development opportunity is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all spots are filled, at which point new applicants will be added to a waiting list. Registration is not confirmed until the course fee has been paid (online using a credit card or mailing a check to campus). Registrations are accepted using REPORTER – the NCSU registration center for this type of activity. If you have not used REPORTER before you will need to create a free personal login at the link below. APPLY NOW FOLLOW USwww.sciencehouse.ncsu.edu
Thanks to support from the Duke Energy Foundation, teachers can apply to receive one of 150 of these great activity kits are available at no cost to the school. The deadline to apply for a subsidized kit is August 21.
NEW THIS YEAR, due to overwhelming demand, schools can purchase kits. The deadline to preorder is September 4.
Explora las estrellas
Thanks to an Ideas That Matter grant from Sappi, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center was able to produce and distribute 750 amazing bilingual astronomy activity kits to families around the state. This program was such a success that we’ve posted digital copies of the activities, along with Spanish-language instructional videos online.
Check out Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s virtual offerings that include educational skywatching sessions, science cafes, planetarium show premieres and more. Interested in finding great STEM opportunities beyond the NCSciFest window? Visit the NC STEM Calendar to find STEM events year-round, and sign up for their newsletter for updates.Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
SSEC Introductory Activity for Moodle/Virtual Class Introduction
Introduce Yourself: Identity Map
Thanks to the Smithsonian Science Education Center for this activity that was used during training this summer. As many of you will be teaching virtually this fall, this activity may assist in kicking off your course! This may also be modified to align with an academic topic.
To build your map:
1. Gather objects from around your home that represent you, your personality, and your values. This may include objects that represent your:
Role in your family (mother, brother, cousin, daughter, etc.)
Career or education experience
Interests, hobbies, or things you like to do for fun
Age, gender, nationality, family background/origin
Personality traits (loud, funny, sad, kind)
Physical traits (tall, black hair, blue eyes, wears glasses etc.)
Anything else you can think of!
2. Gather a few additional objects that can represent your thoughts, feelings, concerns and dreams about what education may look like after COVID-19.3. Assemble your objects in a way that tells a story about you. Some ideas include:
Chronologically – a timeline of your story
A wheel with spokes – each object radiating out from a center
Mini collection – grouping items together by location, type, etc.
Any other way that suits you!
To share your map:
1. Provide guidance for your audience and don’t forget to include your thoughts, feelings, concerns, and dreams about what education may look like beyond COVID-19. Some ideas include:
Take a photo, and write up a short paragraph describing how your objects tell your story.
Take a video (no more than 1 minute) of your map and narrate your story.
2. Post what you have created by adding a discussion topic below. Put your name, affiliation, and where you’re from in the subject line to share with your fellow participants. If you’re part of a team, considering making one discussion topic for your team with each member adding their map as a reply. 3. View other people’s physical identity maps, and comment on them as you are able throughout the week. We hope you enjoy telling your story through your physical identity map, and learning about your peers from around the globe!
We are partnering with Girls Who Code to bring free computer science opportunities to girls across our community and would love for your school, library, or youth organization to host a Club! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE and flexible computer science programs for 3rd-12th grade students to learn how to make a positive impact on the world through computer science.
When you sign up to start an in-person or virtual Club, you’ll gain access to the following — all for FREE.
Online Training & Ongoing Support
Customizable Meeting Guides
120+ Hours of Plug & Play, Project-based Curriculum
Exclusive Virtual Events
Plus, NO coding experience is required to start a Girls Who Code Club!
Apply here today! Be sure to indicate your partnership affiliation with STEM West on your Clubs Application in order to receive partnership benefits. You can reach out to [email protected] with any questions.
NEW RESOURCE: Code at Home!
Girls Who Code has released FREE Girls Who Code at Home activities for 3rd-12th grade students. We know that parents, educators, and girls are looking for support and connection during these challenging times. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. Each activity includes a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology. Learn coding from the comfort of your home!
To help you prepare for another school year and navigate some of the uncertainties, we’ve created new resources and no-cost, creative activities you can use to engage your students and continue to build the skills and confidence they need to change the world – today and tomorrow.
FIRST®@ Home is a 12-session curriculum series designed by FIRST Education experts to support distance learning and bring authentic learning opportunities to students in a variety of learning environments.
If you’re looking for hands-on distance learning curriculum or fun activities students will love, FIRST @ Home can be combined with FIRST®LEGO® League Explore Class Pack and School Pack for a more robust experience using our new scope and sequence options.
Each lesson features a different aspect of STEM learning and can help build students’ coding, engineering, and holistic skills using materials found at home.
Each lesson includes the following resources to guide your experience:
Lesson Plan: for parents, educators, and caregivers to plan and facilitate each activity.
Design Brief: a student guide written in an engineering design process format that assists students through the steps in solving the problem and reinforces design thinking.
In the activities designed for students ages 6-10, they’ll explore the FIRST Core Values; create an invention using simple machines; work as a game designer to make an inclusive solution to a common children’s game; and more!
This is NOT a quiz platform but uses chemistry and use of the periodic table to defeat foes! Students also learn about different STEM careers of all the characters.
Meet Christina Koch: 1st Female Spacewalk
Prepare to be inspired to reach your full potential as North Carolina State University graduate Christina Koch receives the 2020 Global ATHENA Leadership Award and shares her journey to becoming an astronaut and part of history in the first all-female spacewalk. Join us on August 11th, 12pm EST
The virtual summit will begin with an inspirational message from Dr. Calvin Mackie. Award-winning mentor, inventor, internationally renowned Speaker, Author, and STEM Entrepreneur, Dr. Calvin Mackie, will deliver a message on the importance of cultural competence in mentoring.
Teachers will have opportunities to participate in hands-on interactive sessions with polling questions and chat sessions to reflect on their instructional practice in relationship to CRP. Participants will hear from noted scholars teaching at research-intensive universities on how implementing culturally responsive teaching strategies allows the continuity of intergenerational teaching amongst African American educators (Faison, 2016).
Participants will learn how STEM teachers use student-driven models that embed Ladson-Billings’ three main components of academic success, cultural competence, and critical consciousness into their instructional practice to promote STEM for all students (Gilchrist, 2016). K12 teachers will hear other educators describe their efforts to rethink culturally responsive pedagogy, as suggested by Ladson-Billings, to address culture in STEM education for increased inclusivity.
We’re excited to announce the schedulefor this year’s virtual Bridging the Gap STEM education conference! It features more than 70 presentations and more than 75 speakers who hail from across North Carolina and beyond.
What you can expect from the virtual Bridging the Gap conference this fall:
Reduced registration fees to account for the new format (for example, you won’t have meals provided so your new registration fee reflects this);
Sessions that strengthen your virtual teaching experience during the current COVID-19 pandemic;
Sessions that inspire and support you during one of the most stressful times in teaching this country has ever seen;
COVID and infectious disease updates for those curious about the state-of-the-science behind the headlines;
The same remarkable keynotes that you’ve grown accustomed to hearing at Bridging the Gap;
Hands-on sessions where you see first-hand how to take lesson plans and activities immediately back to your classrooms – either in person or virtually;
Small group discussions about important topics in STEM education;
Networking sessions for connecting with your colleagues in the Bridging the Gap community; and
Time with exhibitors, our popular Outreach Expo and information about funding opportunities to support K-16 STEM education.
The last day for “early bird” registration is Monday, August 31. Register now before rates increase significantly. For every three registrations purchased as part of a single order, you receive an additional registration for free. If your order is eligible, we will email you with instructions on how to redeem your free registration. (Offer not valid on presenter discounted registrations or student registrations.)
Before September 1: Prices start at $192 ($100 for students) On/after September 1: Prices start at $355 ($100 for students)
In a year when many educational conferences and conventions have been cancelled, the same great Bridging the Gap conference experience will be provided virtually to North Carolina’s STEM community, allowing exhibitors an opportunity to reach current and potential customers, network with STEM education decision-makers and strengthen their STEM education profile.
More information about the exhibitor packages for the new, virtual Bridging the Gap 2020 conference will be shared shortly.
About the conference
Bridging the Gapis a statewide conference that unites K-12 education, higher education, industry, government and other STEM groups to work toward the common goal of strengthening K-16 STEM education in North Carolina.
Since 2012, more than 3,270 STEM stakeholders from North Carolina and beyond have come together at Bridging the Gap to share ideas and resources.
For more than 25 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application April through September of each year.
More than 600 grants are awarded annually by our state’s electric cooperatives for projects that improve classroom instruction and utilize innovative teaching methods. Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, technology, math and engineering, just to name a few, and educators may apply as individuals or as a team.
To be considered for a grant, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:
Be reviewed and approved by your principal or supervisor
Directly involve and provide ongoing benefits to students
Seek to achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives
Use innovative and creative teaching methods
Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion
Funding cannot be used for salaries or professional development.
NC Space Grant Announces New Program for NC Teachers
NC Space Grant is launching the NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program to help prepare pre-college students for STEM careers and to equip teacher leaders to inspire students. The goal of the NCSEA program is to build a statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their local students, schools and communities.
Each year, up to 10 in-service K-12 classroom educators will be selected from eight education districts across the state. NCSEA Ambassadorships will be competitively awarded and require an application, resume, letters of support/recommendation from school administrators, and essays regarding STEM knowledge and passion, especially in engaging underrepresented groups in activities.
The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. Letters of support are due August 2.
NC Space Grant will partner with NASA Education Specialists from NASA Langley Research Center and other NASA field centers to provide each NCSEA cohort with intensive professional development in current NASA Next Gen STEMeducation themes including: Small Steps to Giant Leaps, Commercial Crew Program and Moon to Mars.
After their initial training, NCSEAs will work as a cohort over the next academic year to: (1) align existing materials with the NC Standard Course of Study, (2) develop lesson plans and activities to supplement the Next Gen STEM themes, and (3) disseminate information via two outreach events or workshops to other educators in their schools, districts or state.
NC Space Education Ambassadors will receive a $1,200 stipend upon successful completion of all required activities. NC Space Grant will cover all expenses for professional development at NASA Langley Research Center.
· Be currently employed as a K-12 classroom teacher or STEM coordinator at any public or private school in the State of North Carolina
· Have a minimum of three years teaching experience