New Opportunities: October 12, 2020 (Happy Columbus & Indigenous Peoples’ Day!)


Sponsored by Irene Etkowicz Eizen Fund of the Mathematics Education Trust and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Contact:Mathematics Education Trust
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
1906 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-1502

Phone: 703.620.9840; 800.235.7566 (Toll-free)
Email: [email protected]
Description:The purpose of the Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.

The grant recipient is expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices. The professional development must include sustained in-service programs focusing on improving the content knowledge of the elementary teachers within the school or district and working with teachers in their classrooms through demonstration teaching or co-teaching. The applicant is expected to select, in collaboration with the school principal and other teachers, specific mathematics content aligned with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000) and develop expertise in this mathematics content.

Eligible applicants are National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) members or teach at a school with a NCTM prekindergarten through grade 8 membership. Applicants must have three years of teaching experience and have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility. Applications must be submitted by postal mail.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Grants up to $6,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s):Applications are due November 1, 2020.

Sponsored by Candlewick Press, administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association

Contact:Erin Lovelace
Association for Library Service to Children
American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611

Email: [email protected]

Jacqueline Partch
Email: [email protected]
Description:“Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grants are intended are offered to libraries to conduct outreach programs to underserved populations through new programs or the expansion of existing programs. Preference is given to programs serving children with learning or physical differences, ESL speakers, children from nontraditional school environments and family settings, children in the juvenile justice system, or those who need accommodation services.

Eligible applicants are public and school libraries. Interested applicants must be ALA members. Applications must be submitted online; supporting statements must be submitted by email.
Eligibility:Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Grants of $3,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s):Applications are due December 1, 2020.

Sponsored by Air Force Association

Contact:Christine Brown, Program Manager
Air Force Association
1501 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22209-1198

Phone: 703.247.5800 ext. 4891
Email: [email protected]; [email protected] (For questions)
Description:The Air Force Association seeks to affect student learning by funding grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational needs of students. The Educator Grant program promotes aerospace education activities in kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. Funding may be used to purchase classroom science supplies and demonstration kits, science and technology software, science manipulatives, supplies for making flying objects, supplies for a robotics program, and more.

Applications must be completed and submitted online. Preference is given to proposed activities that relate to aerospace science and technologies.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Grants up to $500 are awarded.

Sponsored by The National Geographic Society

Contact:Grant Programs
National Geographic Society
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688

Email: [email protected] (For questions)
Description:The National Geographic Society offers Early Career Grants to less experienced individuals in order to lead a project. Funding supports the areas of education, technology, research, storytelling, and conservation. Projects must relate to the themes of Human Journey, Wildlife, and Changing Planet. Proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, as well as bold, innovative, and transformative.

Education-focused grants are intended for projects that teach about the world and how it works. Proposed projects may introduce innovative instructional strategies for students at any level, and in any location; take proven ideas and replicate them for larger audiences or different geographical areas; or determine what works in and add to the body of knowledge about how people learn.

Eligible applicants are individuals at least 18 years old who less than five years of professional experience in the field of his or her project focus. Applications must be submitted using the online system.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Deadline(s):Applications are due October 21, 2020.

NCDPI: Seeking Reviewers for PAEMST

Public Schools of North Carolina PAEMST                                                Presidential Awards Selection Committee 

The North Carolina Selection Committee for the Presidential Awards evaluates applications to determine the North Carolina Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The NC Selection Committee is looking for qualified and experienced reviewers. 

Reviewers should have:

At least 5 years of teaching experience

Experience giving descriptive feedback

Experience using a variety of instructional practices

Content area expertise 

The review of the applications will take place through two rounds starting October 26, 2020. The first round will take place from Monday, October 26 to Monday, November 9. Reviewers will be asked to individually evaluate 3 applications online. During the second round, a smaller group of reviewers will be asked to evaluate at most 5 applications, ending with an online meeting to come to a group consensus on the finalists and provide feedback. Previous experience with the Presidential Awards is not necessary and training will be provided for all selected reviewers. Certificates for contact hours, which may be used for CEUs, will be awarded based on the training and the number of applications reviewed.  Minor compensation will be available to reviewers. If you have any questions, please contact the NC State Coordinator, Joseph Reaper, at [email protected]

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete the following form: Reviewer Interest


Science & Social Studies Integration:

Public Schools of North Carolina National Geographic Elementary Social Studies Programnatgeo 

Deadline to Apply is October 14th! 

National Geographic is pleased to invite elementary educators in North Carolina to participate in a new professional learning experience alongside educators in Iowa and Kentucky to learn, create, and share innovative practices in social studies education. From this fall through the end of the school year in 2021, a cohort of about 90 teachers (30 in each state), will engage in a job-embedded, sustained professional learning experience focused on improving the implementation of geographic content and skills using an inquiry-based, integrative approach to teaching and learning. In addition to the great connections and resources, selected participants will receive a stipend.

If you are interested and want to know more, please see the attached invitation and/or visit the NCDPI Social Studies’ Google Site

You may also reach out to Fay Gore, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, NatGeo Education at [email protected]

Invitations: National Geographic Elementary Project_NC Administrators.pdfNational Geographic Elementary Project_NC Teachers.pdf

You are Invited to the National Launch of

A Movement of Educators, Parents & Advocates. A program of
Join the Live Stream Here
Join the Mailing List Here
The Program: 11 State Partners & Collaborators, inviting thousands of schools to participate. PLUS the CS is Elementary National Schools Map recognizing all CS is Elementary schools and their CS goals.

What Schools Get:

  • A National Family Code Night Livestream for the entire school (at home or at school)
  • Share & Compare computer science teaching goals
  • Parent and family engagement track

Free to all K-5 Schools!

Join Us at the Launch! See how to bring CS is Elementary to YOUR school.

In Partnership With

New Learning Opportunities: October 5, 2020

UNC Charlotte Reduced Tuition Cohort for State Elementary Mathematics Add-on Licensure Program 

UNC Charlotte is starting a new cohort for the North Carolina Elementary Mathematics Add-on Licensure program in January 2021. Participants will only have to pay tuition for half of the courses. Information is here: Note that the price on the website does not reflect the tuition discount. Apply online using the link above. Questions can be sent to Drew Polly, [email protected].

Urgent Reminder!  Only 1 Week Remaining!!

Intent to Apply due by Friday, October 9th. Takes only minutes to complete!

Many schools across our state facilitate quality STEM instruction; maximizing community partnerships and driving opportunities for students, developing the skills necessary for future success. NC DPI and the NC State Board of Education want to recognize each and every school that exemplifies the qualities associated with STEM success.

The STEM School Progress Rubric serves as an incredible tool for self-assessment and school improvement and is the key to achievement for STEM schools in North Carolina.

Schools who self-assess at the Prepared or Model level of achievement, based on the Rubric, are encouraged to complete an Intent to Apply with NC DPI. This intent does not obligate the school, but instead, allows the opportunity for receiving additional information and resources toward becoming recognized as one of North Carolina’s finest in STEM education.

Interested schools should complete their Intent to Apply no later than COB this Friday, October 9, 2020.  Please contact Howard Ginsburg at [email protected] should you have further questions.

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NC Science Festival Events Webinar

We know there’s a lot of uncertainty these days, but the 2021 NC Science Festival is one thing you can count on! Our team has been busy laying the groundwork for an exciting April, and we’re ready to share some important updates.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 12pm EDT as we resume our regular partner meetings. RSVP to the Zoom meeting here.

We’ll provide details about minigrant funding opportunities, the 2021 NCSciFest theme, and best practices for creating safe and exciting programming during a pandemic. We’d also like to hear from you all about things you’re working on and big ideas you have.

“See” you in 2 days!
Erik, Jonathan, and the NCSciFest team

North Carolina Science Festival

Every April

Proudly produced by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

American Rocketry Challenge

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems.

Title 1 Grant program–up to $2500 for team!

Real students, using real STEM techniques in the real world

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams compete virtually in state and regional competitions and in-person through the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June 2021. Student prizes are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level.

Appalachian Regional Commission Names Dr. Carol Moore, President and CEO of STEM West, as Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

Dr. Carol Moore

October 1, 2020 – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has named Dr. Carol Moore, President and CEO of STEM West, as a 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow.   

As a Fellow, Dr. Moore will participate in the Appalachian Leadership Institute, an extensive nine-month series of online skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis beginning in mid-October through July, 2021. Topics include:

· Designing effective economic development project proposals;

· Integrating community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies;

· Identifying resources available to spur economic development;

· Locating and accessing investment capital from a variety of public and private sources;

· Preparing competitive applications for public grant opportunities; and

· Using expanded leadership skills to create strong coalitions.

Upon completion of the program, Dr. Moore will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to participate in a program that will deepen my knowledge of our rural communities. This network will enlarge the STEM West network and ecosystem to act as a better resource for our community in western NC,” stated Moore.

Dr. Moore was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received over 100 applications for the 2020-2021 Appalachian Leadership Institute class and selected 40 applicants. 

“Congratulations to the new class of Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellows. The skills development and network-building opportunities offered by this program have proven to be valuable, and this past year has shown that effective local leadership is essential,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “This program has adjusted well to the present circumstance and offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from those who have provided leadership for their communities through difficult circumstances.

The Appalachian Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional leadership training program developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact. This is the second year of the program.

More information, including a complete list of current Fellows, is available at 

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. 

New Opportunities: September 28, 2020

Be a Part of a Community Robotics Team:

The team has moved from a school setting to a community based team.  We welcome all those from the surrounding communities, whether public, private, home-schooled, or on-line school, 7th -12th grade, to come and join our team!  Our team is proud to be part of the POP (Piece of the Puzzle) Alliance started by Boneyard Robotics ” wanting teams to come together to help build a better future for all students.” in an effort to “create a more diverse and inclusive FIRST community” by helping students relate to those with autism.  Our team is also part of the FIRST Like a Girl program that encourages females in the STEM fields,  The team  personifies Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to allow students from all walks of life to be able to participate in a safe and judgement free environment.  

The team participates in outreach events to spark interest in robotics and engineering in others.  Becoming a community team gave us the ability to look at new avenues to continue the program that gives students in our rural area the opportunity to obtain scholarships, learn new skills,  meet people from all around the state, and even the world, who have a connection to FIRST Robotics.

Team members are expected to be at meetings, travel to competitions & participate in roles to help the team succeed, willing to learn new things and bring their own ideas to the table.  Looking for 7th-12th grade students who need an outlet for their creativity.  Looking for students interested in robotics, scholarships, public speaking, writing, history, computer science, coding, social media, photography, safety, art, and much more.  IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT ROBOTICS!

October Writing Contest:
Close your eyes. Now, think about the scariest monster ever.

Maybe it is something created from the dark depths of your imagination. Maybe it is something real. What is it? Why is it scary? How do you get rid of it? Tell us all about it – in an original story.

This Halloween, ChildFund and New York Times bestselling author R.L. Stine are looking for kids and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 to become published writers by entering our #MyScariestMonster Contest!  

Share this special message from R.L. Stine with your parent or teacher. Then read on for more contest details, rules and how to enter.

Contest Details & Rules

The #MyScariestMonster contest is open to kids everywhere, including those in ChildFund’s programs around the world. The contest will have three winners – one in each of the following age categories:

  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15-18

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including R.L. Stine, bestselling children’s writer and former pro wrestler Mick Foley and ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard.

The three contest winners will be announced on ChildFund’s social media pages on Halloween, October 31, 2020. If your story is a winner, it will be published on ChildFund’s website and social media pages for the world to see! Winners will also receive an autographed book from R.L. Stine.

Here are a few important things to know.

  1. You may only submit one story for the contest.
  2. Your story may be fiction or nonfiction (made-up or true).
  3. Your story may not be longer than 4 pages (handwritten or typed).
  4. Your story may be illustrated if you wish, but illustrations are not required.
  5. Your story must be turned in, along with a recent photo of you and a completed submission form signed by a parent or guardian, by October 14, 2020.

Ready to write and get published?

More Projects for School & Home

Integration of Computational Thinking into K-6 Standards:

Use linked URLs in this matrix designed by our regional K-6 educators who aligned the curriculum with the NC SCOS!

STEM Everyday Podcast

STEM is not a class you teach…it’s a culture you build!
-Chris Woods

The STEM Everyday podcast (started 6 years & 170+ episodes ago) provides practical help for teachers to infuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into their everyday lessons. Each week I interview educators, authors, & innovators who are finding innovative ways to add STEM to their everyday classrooms, schools, and communities.

Subscribe to the STEM Everyday Podcast on iTunes or on your favorite podcast app!

Check out the links to episodes below ⤵️

If you’re interested in being a guest on the STEM Everyday Podcast, send me an email at [email protected] (also, for quick STEM & education ideas, subscribe to my YouTube Channel)


It doesn’t matter what subject or grade level is being taught, STEM can be incorporated into all classrooms and every home. This podcast aims to help educators give their students opportunities to learn and take charge of their learning.

the Daily STEM News

Get a copy of Daily STEM & learn how to build a STEM culture in your classroom & community!

A FREE one page weekly “newspaper” to help inspire kids to engage with STEM in the real world. Each issue can be printed or shared digitally with the kids you know. Literacy & STEM…better together!

Or share the link to this issue directly with your kids: 

(If you or your students are interested in helping with an issue of the Daily STEM, send an email to [email protected] for more information!)

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New Opportunities: September 21, 2021

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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.

Register HERE!

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.

Register Here!

Work in Burke: Resources!

The following resources can be accessed by all districts to provide students with opportunities to explore regional careers!

Career videos!

Career Exploration by type!

Summer Ventures & Governor’s School Webinar

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,

Register here:

New Opportunities: September 14, 2020

STEM Showcase Videos

Bringing together over 1000 videos from the STEM for All Showcases!

Expeditions in Education

 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]

Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During A Crisis!

Toshiba Grants

Grants For Grades 6 – 12

  • Do you teach in a middle and high school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) learning in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning STEM subjects fun for your students?

Sixth to 12th grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of up to $5,000 and more than $5,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom.

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, sixth to 12th grade teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Typical Toshiba America Foundation Grant Schedule:

Grant typeApplication received byDecision byFunds sent by
K-5 Less than $1K10/111/1512/15
6-12 less than $5K3/14/155/15
6-12 greater than $5K5/17/18/15

I Am A Scientist: Resources

New Opportunities: September 7, 2020

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 Curtis
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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

Contact:Mathematics Education Trust
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
1906 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-1502

Phone: 703.620.9840; 800.235.7566 (Toll-free)
Email: [email protected] (For questions)
Description: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.
Eligibility:Public, Charter, Private
Award(s):Grants up to $3,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s):Applications are due November 1, 2020.
Focus:Professional Development, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):Adult
Content Area(s):Mathematics

Sponsored by Foundation for Rural Service

Contact:Foundation for Rural Service
4121 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1000
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: 703.351.2026
Email: [email protected]
Description: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.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Deadline(s):Applications are due September 30, 2020.
Focus:After School, General Education, Professional Development, Rural, Technology, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):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

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. 

New Opportunities: August 31, 2020

New NC Computer Science Standards Adopted

It’s not too late! You can still benefit from the REAL (Remote Education and Learning) conference held on August 6th. Go to 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.

View or Register for Live Institutes

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.

View or Register for On-Demand Institutes

Girls Who Code (GWC)

GWC now offers materials for hybrid or virtual clubs. If starting a new club, sign up as STEM West affiliate for additional resources!


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.
K-12 science teachersCTE teachersMath teachers
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!
Register to Attend!
View NEED’s Event Calendar here.
We’ve got virtual energy workshops happening in SeptemberOctoberNovember, and December.
*Seats fill quickly, so don’t delay*Please share with your colleagues, too!
View dates, agenda, & details
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. 

New Opportunities (7!): August 24, 2020

PBL Works Series:

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 first 6 episodes of The Project are now live! Listen on our website, or subscribe with your favorite podcast app.

Listen & subscribe to The Project

iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  TuneIn  |  Spotify  

Get a quick preview here…

Don’t send a professional to do an 8th grader’s job

What the heck is PBL?

PBL Bloopers: stories from the PBL trenches

This Teachable Moment

The education all students deserve: PBL
and racial equity

The Breaking Bias Project

Pre-service Teacher Scholarship

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:  Applications are due Oct. 5 and recommendation letters are due Oct. 7, 2020.

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 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 VIRTUAL SciREN 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! 

Register now:

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 launched CTE 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 a virtual 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 that space 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 and submit 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,, 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 at


P.S. Join us August 25, 2020, 1:30-3:00pm ET for the next STEM Webinar on Cybersecurity Education.  Live streamed here.

STEM Research Grants Application Now Open!

Dear Fair Director,

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.

Learn more details about the program here:

Corporate StrategiesDesigned 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.

New Opportunities: August 17, 2020

National Environmental Education Foundation Resources:

Click here to see EE resources provided!

US Dept. of Ed Grant:

The grant is open to rural LEAs and high schools to develop a tech program. See more information here. Deadline is October 8th, 2020.

GIS and Agriculture:

Short videos about the intersection between GIS and Agriculture. The videos show the application of technology in this field (pun intended)! Also offered are some mapping activities.