New Opportunities: August 10, 2020


Duke Energy Science Night
Activity Kits Now Available for Elementary Schools Our wildly popular K-5 program is back, with added flexibility for the upcoming school year!

Our team has modified the kits so they can be used in classrooms, sent home as activity packets, or–COVID depending–used as part of a traditional science night in 2021.

Click to learn more.

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.

Click to learn more.

Thank You, North Carolina! Check out the 2020 NCSciFest Final Report for some great highlights from this past April.

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.Kelvin the spokesbotBe sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Use the hashtag #ncscifest to share your moments!

In-person or Virtual Ice-breakers for the start of a new school year!

New Opportunities: August 3, 2020

K-12 Energy Units From NEED: National Energy Education Development

Find multiple FREE resources for energy education HERE!


Indexed Internet Resources for Educators

Find Indexed internet resources HERE!


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!

Additional FREE Resources from SSEC!


Girls Who Code (GWC) Partners with STEM West

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!

Download Lessons Here!


Plasma Games Access: Free Gaming for 8th Gr/HS Chem & Phy. Sc!

This chemistry gaming platform has been funded by the NC General Assembly for all NC teachers! Sign up for the training and access here!

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

New Opportunities: July 20, 2020

PD Opportunity – Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in STEM Education: Virtual Summit

Please join us for a CESTEM sponsored virtual summit: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in STEM Education: Professional Development for 21st Century Educational Success.

Who: K-12 educators

When: 10 AM – 12 PM on July 21, 22, 24, 27 & 28 (attending all sessions is suggested, but not required)

Cost: FREE, but registration is required (CEU credits are available for registered participants)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.      

For more information, please visit the registration page: https://culturallyresponsivepedagogy.ilearningcenter.education/

We look forward to your participation!

CESTEM Blocked

Schedule announced for Bridging the Gap 2020

We’re excited to announce the schedule for 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.

All corners of the STEM education community are represented — from K-12 education, higher education, industry, government or other STEM groups such as museums and educational initiatives.

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.) 

Register to Attend →

Before September 1: Prices start at $192 ($100 for students)
On/after September 1: Prices start at $355 ($100 for students)
 


Exhibitors

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 Gap is 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.

When: October 27-28, 2020


What Women in STEM Look Like!

The If/Then Collection:

Are you trying to inspire others with authentic and relatable images of women in STEM?

#THIS IS WHAT A SCIENTIST LOOKS LIKE™

We are pleased to offer the IF/THEN® Collection, a digital asset library of women STEM innovators, for educational and other noncommercial use. Search the Full Collection

New Learning Opportunities: July 13, 2020

Bright Ideas Grants: Due August 15th

For more than 25 yearsNorth 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.

Apply on line HERE!


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. 

Ambassadorship Activities

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 STEM education 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. 

Financial Support

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.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

· 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

· Be a U.S. citizen

How to Apply

Find more information and apply on our website here

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As always, if you do not wish to hear about NC Space Grant funding opportunities, please email me and I’ll remove you from my list. Thank you!

Lee Cannon

Communications Specialist 

Water Resources Research Institute & North Carolina Space Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant at NC State University

Campus Box 8605, Raleigh, NC 27695-8605

(919) 515-2456

wrri.ncsu.edu  ||  ncspacegrant.ncsu.edu

Jobi B. Cook

Associate Director, NASA/NC Space Grant

NC State University

850 Main Campus Drive, Suite 105

NCSU Campus Box 7515

Raleigh, NC  27695-7515

Phone: 919-515-5933

[email protected]

www.ncspacegrant.org

New Opportunities: July 6, 2020

NCSSM-Morganton: Informational Meeting

Do you live in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Polk or Rutherford Counties?  Join NCSSM Admissions for a virtual program just for you!
Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.

To Register please email [email protected]


ARC Launches Virtual Summer Study Program in STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students & Teachers

94 Students and Teachers From 13 Appalachian States To Participate in Unique Online Learning Experience Beginning July 6
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced that 81 high school and middle school students and 13 high school teachers from 13 Appalachian states will participate in the 30th annual ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program. Originally planned as residential learning experience, this program will be delivered virtually beginning July 6.
The ARC/ORNL Summer STEM Program, a partnership between Oak Ridge Associated Universities and ARC, has pioneered access to STEM-related research opportunities for Appalachia’s high school and middle school students and high school teachers for 30 years. As part of the ARC/ORNL Summer STEM program, students collaborate with award-winning scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab on guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. Due to COVID concerns, this year’s students and teachers will participate via a specialized three-week online curriculum including lectures, group work, and individual STEM skill development. Students will also participate in a final virtual showcase to present their work.
“For 30 years, Appalachian students and teachers have been coming together with some of our country’s top researchers to engage in a rewarding and innovative learning experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “That innovative approach is allowing this program to continue this year, as instructors and participants alike have risen to the occasion to take part in a virtual program, a commendable result in a difficult circumstance.”
Participants for this program were chosen via a competitive Region wide application process. As part of enrollment, students will be provided computers, 3D printers, and other needed materials. Each student and teacher will receive a formal Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
About the Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission (www.arc.gov) 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: June 29, 2020


Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

About the Award

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers recognizes outstanding STEM teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools.

The award provides $175,000 over five years and is available to North Carolina teachers who have an outstanding performance record in educating children and who demonstrate solid knowledge of STEM content.

This award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. The award offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop and empower teachers as leaders in the field.

Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically deprived classrooms in North Carolina. Special consideration will also be given to efforts that integrate environmental science and climate change into STEM-related curriculum.

The Fund and the State Board of Education recognizes that improving STEM education in North Carolina will require systemic revision of K-12 instruction.

Teachers who are content-area experts and have the pedagogical skills are critical to ensuring a students’ success in understanding STEM subjects. These teachers can make a difference by serving as change agents, not only for their students, but also for other educators across the state.

The largest hurdle in accomplishing these goals has been a severe shortage of STEM teachers (even beyond North Carolina’s ongoing teacher shortage). In 2015, just 13 percent of the University of North Carolina system’s 4,675 newly prepared teachers were certified in computer science/technology, science, and mathematics.

Eligibility and Application Process

Please review the Request for Proposals for detailed information on eligibility and the application process.

Due: September 30th, 2020 by 4:00pm

Questions

View the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email Alfred Mays or Tiffanie Taylor with “2021 CASMT” as the subject line.

PDF icon2021 CASMT Request for Proposals


STEM West is now a Community Partner with GWC!!
  • 🧠 Code at Home: Did you miss last week’s CFH?! Go back to check it out, it’s one of our favorites.   
     
  •  Virtual SIP: Due to overwhelming demand, we’re excited to announce our new 1-Week accelerated Summer Immersion Program for Rounds 4-6 (August 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21). It’s the last week to apply!
  • 🏿 SIP Summer Speaker Series: What do Melinda Gates, Soledad O’Brien, and NASA astronaut Christina Koch all have in common? They’re joining our exclusive speaker series for SIP girls! “It’s time for ‘Netflix, reading and sleep”
    If Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is embracing self-care and celebration, we should all follow her lead! We don’t hate the idea of covering ourselves in cake either. Congrats on graduation from Oxford, Malala.  “We cannot let our fear of failure deter us from the work that needs to be done.”
    There’s no one way to talk to our children about racism. And as our COO Dr. Tarika Barrett points out, the only wrong way is to not bother at all.  GLAADxTeen Vogue: 20 Under 20 
    This inaugural list honors young LGBTQ people who are breaking barriers and inspiring us all. And guess who’s on it?! GWC alum Shannon Li! Congrats Shannon!!!  “What would be the one piece of advice that you would give to a girl of color trying to live her dreams?”
    We loved this question submitted to our CEO Reshma last week! Here’s her answer, “Remember that you are enough, that you can take up space. Find that confidence within yourself, and choose to be brave—not perfect.” And by the way, our Board Member Bozoma Saint John had some amazing advice in our last speaker series on this question exactly! Got a question? Drop us a line here.

Stay safe, stay strong. 

Yours in sisterhood, 
The Girls Who Code team 


See e-update here!



IDEA-CON provides educators with a flexible professional development program this summer. Sessions are available online beginning July 30-31, and renewal credits will be provided. Sessions will range from 15 minute splashes to 30 minute discussions. Live interactions will be hosted in an
interactive Facebook Group, and a combination of live plenary speakers and door prizes will keep things interesting! IDEA-CON will combine STEM-focused sessions with general professional development on engaging online and preparing for the upcoming academic year. And best of all – this conference is FREE!
1ST ANNUAL ONLINE CONFERENCE APPALACHIANSTATE UNIVERSITY

IDEA-CON opens on July 30-31, but most materials will be available to participants for 4 months for your convenience.
A combination of live and prerecorded sessions available online make this conference super convenient but still engaging.
IDEA-CON focuses on great ideas for your classroom, including technology, hands on activities, and resources available to you.
Register Here!
For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit the Mathematics and Science Education Center site.
All registrants will receive additional update emails as we near the conference date that provide information on accessing the conference online, how to request renewal credits, and an up to date agenda. Questions? Contact the Mathematics and Science Education Center at [email protected]


NCCAT Programs

15372 – MAKERSPACE 101: USING THE MAKER MOVEMENT TO REACH ALL STUDENTS’ NEEDS – VIRTUAL

July 6, 2020 to July 9, 2020  Located at

Note: This program is virtual

Explore how teachers and students with no prior knowledge can use the Maker Movement to become inventors and designers. Teachers will learn the basics of the Maker Movement and how to integrate hands-on creative lessons into their standards to reach the needs of all students. We will explore green screen projects, basic robotics, coding, design theory, 3D printing, building and making, STEAM projects, and much more!

CLICK HERE TO APPLYProgram type: Standard


NC Conference for Educational Equity

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:00 a.m. – Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Join educators from across the state for a FREE two-day virtual conference dedicated to exploring the multiple dimensions of educational equity. NC Conference for Educational Equity will focus on rethinking our practices, disrupting a broken system and discussing innovative solutions that create equitable outcomes for every student in North Carolina. Throughout the conference, participants will select from a variety of interactive sessions that focus equity as it relates to systemic educational barriers, race, LGBTQ+, English Learners, Exceptional Children, and much more.

#NCEdEquity

Session Schedule: COMING SOON! 

Day 1: Tuesday, July 21st 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Address

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Day 2: Wednesday, July 22nd 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Educator Panel

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Keynote Speakers 

Tru Pettigrew

Tru Pettigrew: Tru is a celebrated author, an engaging speaker, a committed community leader, and an award-winning marketing executive with 20 years of experience at the nation’s top advertising & marketing agencies. Tru currently serves as founder and President of Tru Access (www.Tru-Access.com), which is an inspiration and empowerment consultancy that serves individuals and organizations by helping them to bridge gaps. His first book, “Millennials Revealed” serves as a guide for countless individuals and organizations across the country to help them build meaningful connections across diverse generations. As a Diversity & Inclusion advocate and committed Community Bridge Builder, Tru has established a strong reputation for building bridges across racial, cultural, social, and relational lines. Tru currently lives in Cary, NC with his wife of 17 years, Tameka, and their 7-year-old son Austin.

Tony Godwin

Tony Godwin: Tony retired in January 2019 as the Chief of Police for the Town of Cary.  His 30-year career with the Cary Police Department began as an intern when he was a Senior at NC State University.  Following graduation, he began as a patrol officer and went on to work nearly every assignment in the department over the next 3 decades.  He served as the Region VII Director for the NC Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, The Chairman of the Carolinas Region for the Atlanta/Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area through the US Drug Enforcement Agency and finally, he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as a state commissioner for the Industrial Hemp Commission.  During the last 5 years of his career Tony found his passion for building bridges between law enforcement and communities of color, which is the work he continues today through his partnership with Tru Pettigrew at Tru Access.  Tony is married for over 20 years to a former law enforcement officer, Shannon, and they have two sons, Wyatt (18) and Colton (9).

Register Here!

New Opportunities: June 22, 2020

NASA Opportunities


Celebrating 20 Years of Humans in Space
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:00:00 PM EDT – 4:00:00 PM EDToin NASA’s STEM on Station team to celebrate the space station’s 20 years as an education platform with an introduction to education resources including a hands on inquiry
Tags: Featured Events  

Astro-not-yets Explore Commercial Crew
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00:00 PM EDT – 2:00:00 PM EDTExplore the activities and resources available to your elementary students. Engage and educate our future generations on the Commercial Crew program and the return to the International Space Station from American soil! 
Tags: Featured Events  

 Propulsion with the Space Launch System
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 2:00:00 PM EDT – 3:00:00 PM EDTLearn about NASA’s Build a Multistage Balloon-Powered Rocket Challenge. Students use the engineering design process to construct, test and analyze a prototype of a multistage balloon-powered rockets.
Tags: Featured Events   

X-59 Sound Educator Activities
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:00:00 PM EDT – 3:00:00 PM EDTTwo standards-aligned activities help students learn about the principles of sound and NASA’s X-59 QueSST aircraft that will fly faster than the speed of sound without producing a loud sonic boom.
Tags: Featured Events    

EPDC’s Digital Badging and Virtual Learning Opportunities for Educators
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:00:00 PM EDT – 5:00:00 PM EDTJoin us for a 1-hour webinar featuring NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) and their virtual learning opportunities and resources
Tags: Featured Events   


Friday Institute:

Teaching Remotely: A Practical Guide

Enroll Now!

For the past three months, the COVID-19 crisis has caused massive disruptions in every corner of our society. Schools have been heavily impacted, some closing for the year, and others transitioning to Emergency Remote Learning.

As we close one school year and begin to plan for the next, we still do not know what that year will have in store for us. We may be back to school face-to-face with a new normal. We may be online. We may use some combination of these models at different points during the school year. The process of preparing for all of these possibilities can seem overwhelming.

Whether you have been teaching remotely for three months, or are just getting started — Remote Learning at the beginning of the school year is going to be a new experience for all of us.

Over seven weeks, we will cover best practices, resources, and strategies to set your Remote Learning classroom up for success while providing you plenty of opportunities to brainstorm and share with colleagues. We will be providing specific focus throughout the course on supporting students with limited connectivity and for students with learning differences and other unique needs. These strategies will be focused beyond the COVID-19 crisis and will support you in bringing remote learning to your classroom whenever it is needed. At the end of the course, you will develop an action plan for your Remote Learning Classroom.

Course Objectives

  • Define Remote Learning: We will define what Remote Learning is and is not, how it is different from traditional “distance learning”, and review the Instructional Design Principles for Remote Learning.
  • Establish Norms for Remote Learning: In this unit, we will discuss how to set up classroom procedures in a Remote Learning context, including sending and receiving content, maintaining connections with students.
  • Bring SEL to Remote Learning: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) focuses on helping learners understand and manage emotions, set goals, set and achieve goals, show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. In this unit, we will learn how to bring SEL practices to your Remote Learning classroom, and how to identify and address the social and emotional needs of your students.
  • Maintain Connections with Students and Families: In the time of COVID-19, many families and students are struggling with daily realities including managing working from home while teaching students, having to go to work while students have to remain home, food insecurity, family illness, or loss of income. This unit will cover strategies to support and maintain connections with families in uncertain times.
  • Select Digital Content: With all of the resources available on the Internet, selecting high-quality, appropriate content for all students can be a challenge. This unit will support locating, identifying, and vetting content to pick the best resources for your Remote Learning classroom.
  • Support Populations with Special Needs: This unit will address and provide strategies to support students with disabilities, learning differences, English Language Learners, and other students with unique academic and social-emotional needs.
  • Provide Feedback and Assessment: This unit will dive deep into providing high-quality feedback to students remotely through a variety of media. We’ll also dig in to how to assess student learning and adapt instruction in new ways.

Learn More

 MOOC-Ed Learning Experience

New Opportunities: June 15th, 2020

The Institute for Emerging Issues
charging forward to help bridge the digital divide
First in Future
The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is announcing the launch of BAND-NC, a grant program designed to increase the number of people with Internet in their homes, with the goal of making the state “first in digital inclusion.” The effort, in partnership with the NC Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO), adds new investment from the John M. Belk Endowment and Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation to existing commitments from Roanoke Electric Cooperative and the North Carolina Electric Cooperatives to provide at least $300,000 in grants to
communities across the state.

Building a New Digital Economy in NC (BAND-NC) will support thirty $5,000 “rapid response community innovation grants” this summer, a series of workshops led by IEI and BIO to help communities develop “digital inclusion plans” this fall, and another thirty $5,000 “implementation” grants in 2021.

The Institute for Emerging Issues will be hosting a BAND-NC information webinar on Friday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Register and join us by visiting go.ncsu.edu/band-nc-grant

You can learn more about BAND-NC by visiting iei.ncsu.edu/band-nc
Learn more and apply!
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HERO ELEMENTARY on PBS KIDS
HERO ELEMENTARY,” a new PBS show produced under an ED Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Ready-to-Learn Television grant, premiered June 1 on PBS and PBS Kids. “HERO ELEMENTARY” is about a school for up-and-coming superheroes, where kids learn to master powers like flying and teleportation while exploring science along the way. A diverse group of super students works together to make the world a better place. The series will give children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help them solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists. A preview episode is available now on YouTube


Smithsonian K-12 STEM Education Action Planning Institute (API) July 28-30 
The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is holding its first FREE, fully virtual leadership development event this summer, from July 28-30, and will tackle the challenge of ensuring science/STEM education remains a priority in classrooms and communities during COVID-19 and beyond. The API is open to educators, parents, community members, and industry stakeholders dedicated to ensuring continuity in K-12 STEM education for all students. Participating individuals and teams develop an action plan to guide their return to school in the fall.  Learn more and register today

NSF-funded Virtual STEM Experiences
While museums, science centers, zoos and aquaria across the nation have closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, many are bridging the social distance gap by offering a variety of free virtual resources and experiences that you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your home.  Research shows that most learning happens outside the classroom, and NSF has long recognized the importance of these informal settings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. A comprehensive list of NSF-funded projects with online learning products and resources provides a plethora of experiences.


NCSTA GRANTS
Attention NCSTA Members: Do you have an idea to expand your learning or make an impact in your classroom? Do you need some funding to make your dream a reality? NCSTA can help you out!

 NCSTA Study Grant: NCSTA members who are taking study classes, attending conferences, or participating in workshops are eligible for one study grant. To receive approval of the grant request, it must be submitted before your scheduled study. NCSTA will pay only 1/2 of the expenses at varying amounts. Must be a NCSTA member for one year or more immediately prior to applying and have not received this grant within the past three years. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2020.

NCSTA Innovative Curriculum Support Grant: NCSTA members may apply for funds for supplies, materials, equipment, printing, travel and other expenses related to an innovative curriculum project involving students in a unique way. A committee will select recipients based on: innovativeness, establishment of need, realistic plan of action, ability to replicate, and the number of persons benefited. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded.
Deadline to apply is September 1, 2020

If you are interested or want to know more information about the grants NCSTA offers, please visit. www.ncsta.org/grants 
For questions related to grants and applications please contact Brad Rhew at [email protected]

NCCCS, One Team with One Voice... Serving All 58.

This month we explore careers in Healthcare in North Carolina.  We will look at all the great careers in this area, as well as the training programs that will get you hired.

Our special guest this month is Edward E. Gordon, a nationally recognized futurist who will discuss the current skills gap and what we can do to improve our education systems to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

Our mission is to help get all North Carolinians on a Career Pathway that will lead to life-sustaining wages in a career they enjoy.

Our next “Raising the Awareness of Career Pathways” meeting will be this Thursday, June 18, at 9am.

Join us via webinar by registering here:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5743352167281189388

Please pass this message on to others (employers, teachers, school administrators, workforce professionals, students, parents, youth pastors) who might be interested.  It will be a good time to get your mind off the troubles of the world and look at where can put our efforts helping get people on the right Career Pathway.

Future Career Pathways meetings can be found here:  (Go ahead and register now so you don’t forget later.)

http://www.ncperkins.org/presentations/

Each month we will gather to discuss the large career exploration events happening across the state, as well as explore information about job projections and predictions for the future workforce. 

If you missed our last meeting, you can watch the recording of that meeting. Future and past Career Pathway meetings, as well as handouts and PowerPoint slides are always posted here: 

http://www.ncperkins.org/presentations/

North Carolina is a great state, with a lot of great employers, but too many of the occupations in demand are unknown, and not enough people are in the pipeline for those careers. That’s one of the reasons we are here, to let folks know about the great jobs that are out there.

The audience for these Career Pathways meetings are the businesses who are looking for new employees, the K-12 and college educators, job seekers, and the workforce professionals who help folks turn their passion into a career and get them on a career pathway.

If you know of a big career exploration event that we should be discussing. Please let us know.

Please pass this on to others who may be interested.

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please let us know.

I look forward to exploring Career Pathways with you each month.

Chris Droessler and the NC Perkins Team.

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Chris Droessler

Career and Technical Education Coordinator

North Carolina Community College System

[email protected]


Online learning & Hands-on Fun with UNCW MarineQuest and Engineering Expectations

Calling all Ocean Voyagers! Come set sail with UNCW MarineQuest for a weeklong journey as we discover the world of marine science. Our expeditions will include stops in the five fields of marine science- marine chemistry, marine geology, marine biology, physical oceanography, and marine technology! Together we will explore what makes ocean water unique, where the shifting sands on our planet come from, why ocean animals make their homes in different marine habitats, and venture into the deepest parts of the sea. Each day will feature a real-life marine scientist as well as interactive virtual experiences and hands-on activities to complete at home. Come aboard, from the comfort of your home port, and join us for a memorable adventure!

For ages 7- 9 and 10 -13, MarineQuest is offering a fun exploration of the five fields of marine science with Ocean Voyagers

A typical DAY at Ocean Voyagers:

  • Morning, mid-day, and afternoon live Zoom* sessions (accessed through UNCW’s secure Canvas site) featuring group activities hosted by our MarineQuest educators. These will be interspersed with hands-on activities that campers complete at home utilizing a STEM kit that MarineQuest provides for you.

Highlights:

  • Investigate the properties of salt and freshwater-Get messy with our water stacking challenge!
  • Create a miniature ocean in a bottle and study waves.
  • Discover how blue whales feed and see if you can eat as much
  • Build and operate a simple submarine
  • Receive a hands-on STEM activity kit to engage in learning at home

To register or for more information including dates and pricing, please visit https://uncw.edu/marinequest/summerenrichment/mqonlinesummerprograms.html

For teens ages 14-17, MarineQuest is offering a two-week program focused on marine scientific research methods and career exploration.

Think you want to be a marine biologist? How about an oceanographer? Maybe you prefer marine geologist? You can explore these marine scientific career options and more during our two-week O.C.E.A.N.S. Online program.  This unique summer enrichment program for high school age students consists of virtual interactive lessons, group collaborative work, and at home hands-on experiments to immerse you in the world of marine science.  You’ll be amazed by the career options marine science has for you.

A typical DAY at O.C.E.A.N.S. on-line will include:

  • A morning AND afternoon 1.5-2-hour live Zoom meetings with our dedicated MarineQuest educators and professional marine scientists from UNCW’s Center for Marine Science.
  • 2 hours of at home experiments and activities to get you hands-on and engaged in relevant marine science research.

Highlights:

  • Prior to the start of the program each student will receive a kit filled with the majority of materials necessary to carry-out each activity.  You will be notified before the start of camp of any additional common household items you will need.
  • Hands-on exposure to the main fields of Marine Science including marine biology, marine geology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography, marine technology, marine ecology, and biotechnology.
  • Design and carryout your own plankton study with phytoplankton and zooplankton you will grow at home and present your research findings at a virtual science conference!
  • Build your own paper Foldscope to magnify specimens and samples 140X.
  • Go on virtual field trips to collect and analyze data at the beach, marsh, and out on an oceanographic research cruise.
  • Meet and engage with UNCW faculty and scientists to learn about their research contributions to the field of marine science.
  • Collaborate with other students remotely to carry out experiments, discuss findings, and create a poster to be presented on the final celebratory day of the course.
  • Utilize the online learning platform used by UNCW college students.

To register or for more information including dates and pricing , please visit https://uncw.edu/marinequest/summerenrichment/mqonlinesummerprograms.html

UNCW Engineering Expectations Program is offering Engineering Explorations Online (Younger 7-9) & (Older 10 -13)

What words come to mind when you think of engineering? STEM, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, suspension bridges, self-driving cars, or maybe your mind draws a blank. Are you curious about what an engineer does or maybe you enjoy hands on activities that make you think outside of the box? The NEW Engineering Explorations online summer program will breakdown the main fields of engineering with interactive virtual lessons, daily design challenges, and personal conversations with professional engineers. Disciplines to be covered include mechanical, environmental, civil, electrical, and aerospace. By the end of the week, students will have developed the engineering habits of mind and sharpened their problem solving skills.

*Students will be provided a STEM kit valued at $30 and received a camp T-shirt

A typical day at Engineering Explorations Online:

  • 3 hours of morning AND afternoon interactive virtual instruction facilitated live via Zoom by our dedicated Engineering Expectations educators. 
  • Up to 1.5 hours of at home, hands-on design challenges that are related to real-world engineering projects
  • On demand assistance from instructors during offline projects
  • Meet and engage with professional engineers

Highlights:

  • Prior to the start of the program each student will receive a kit filled with the majority of materials necessary to carry-out each activity. You will be notified before the start of camp of any additional common household items you will need. Supplement instructions will be provide for assistance with independent activities.
  • Hands on exposure to the main disciplines of engineering including mechanical, environmental, civil, electrical, and aerospace
  • Learn about concepts such as the forces of flight, simple machines, and alternative energy
  • Meet and engage with professional engineers
  • Utilize the online learning platform used by UNCW college students

To register or for more information including dates and pricing, please visit https://uncw.edu/engineeringexpectations/summerenrichment/eeonlinesummerprograms.html

UNCW Engineering Expectations Program is offering Playing With Python Online (Younger 10-13) & (Older 14-17)

Are you looking to develop your programming skills? Join us this summer as we explore the fundamentals of an in-demand coding language in our Playing with Python online summer program! No previous coding experience is required as you will start with the basics of project-oriented programming with Python. Hands-on activities include coding functions to draw shapes, manipulating data structures, and designing interactive games. On the final day of camp, there will be a project showcase for parents.

*This course covers, at an accelerated pace, up to two-thirds of the curriculum that is covered in a college level introductory programming course. Students will receive a camp T-shirt.

A typical day at Playing with Python Online:

  • 4 hours of morning AND afternoon interactive virtual instruction facilitated live via Zoom by our dedicated Engineering Expectations educators. 
  • Up to 2 hours of at home, programming activities with access to instructors for support
  • Meet and engage with UNCW Computer Science Faculty and professional computer scientist

Highlights:

  • Prior to the start of the program each student will receive information regarding how to install software and access the online learning platform
  • Learn about fundamentals such as data manipulation, creating functions, designing interactive graphics in an engaging and guided environment
  • Make an colorful animated graphic using loop functions
  • Meet and engage with UNCW Computer Science Faculty and professional computer scientist
  • Utilize the online learning platform used by UNCW college students

To register or for more information including dates and pricing, please visit https://uncw.edu/engineeringexpectations/summerenrichment/eeonlinesummerprograms.html

FREE Summer Turtle Trash Collectors Programming from UNCW MarineQuest (https://uncw.edu/marinequest/grantsprojects/ttc/citizensciencesignup.html)

Michelle Hafey

[email protected]

Program Associate

Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

University of North Carolina Wilmington

PH: 910.962.3168

FAX: 910.962.4000

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New Opportunities: June 8, 2020

Workshops for Teachers: The Science House of NCSU

Digital Development: Tackling Hybrid STEM Education

June 22-26, 2020 (10:00-11:00 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM)

Online using Zoom

Professional development that leverages FREE online STEM resources to empower teachers as they tackle changing educational needs. This professional development will provide a certificate of completion for five hours of digital learning and/or content.Modeling Institutes in Secondary Science

June 29 – July 2, 2020

Cullowhee, NC

Modeling Institutes provide professional development in secondary science through a research-based, reform-oriented pedagogy for science teachers in North Carolina. For more information on Modeling please visit: http://modelinginstruction.org/


Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

About the Award

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers recognizes outstanding STEM teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools.

The award provides $175,000 over five years and is available to North Carolina teachers who have an outstanding performance record in educating children and who demonstrate solid knowledge of STEM content.

This award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. The award offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop and empower teachers as leaders in the field.

Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically deprived classrooms in North Carolina. Special consideration will also be given to efforts that integrate environmental science and climate change into STEM-related curriculum.

The Fund and the State Board of Education recognizes that improving STEM education in North Carolina will require systemic revision of K-12 instruction.

Teachers who are content-area experts and have the pedagogical skills are critical to ensuring a students’ success in understanding STEM subjects. These teachers can make a difference by serving as change agents, not only for their students, but also for other educators across the state.

The largest hurdle in accomplishing these goals has been a severe shortage of STEM teachers (even beyond North Carolina’s ongoing teacher shortage). In 2015, just 13 percent of the University of North Carolina system’s 4,675 newly prepared teachers were certified in computer science/technology, science, and mathematics.

Eligibility and Application Process

Please review the Request for Proposals for detailed information on eligibility and the application process.

Questions

View the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email Alfred Mays or Tiffanie Taylor with “2021 CASMT” as the subject line.PDF icon2021 CASMT Request for Proposals


NCSFF Virtual Workshop!

The NC Science Fair Foundation, proud sponsor of the NC Science and Engineering Fair, is excited to announce that they are taking their summer teacher workshops online!

Whether you were a student who participated in a Science and Engineering Fair or are a teacher that is just curious about scientific inquiry or the engineering design process, you are welcome to join our virtual teacher workshops this summer!  The workshops are designed to support teachers that are interested in supporting students in exploring their interest in scientific research and/or engineering design.  

All workshops will be free and hosted via the Zoom platform, which means you will be able to join us from wherever you are in NC.  Participants who attend all 6 workshops and submit all corresponding work will be awarded a certificate for 1 CEU. 

The workshops are scheduled for Tuesdays in July between 3-5 PM with a short break between sessions:

Tuesday, July 73:00-3:50PMIntroduction to Student Research
Tuesday, July 74:00-4:50PMScientific Inquiry
Tuesday, July143:00-3:50PMEngineering Design
Tuesday, July144:00-4:50PMDeveloping a Research Question
Tuesday, July 213:00-3:50PMCreating a Research Plan and Safety Requirements
Tuesday, July 214:00-4:50PMStories from Students and the Journey from Plans to Presentations

Register to participate by completing this Google Form.  Links to sessions will be provided via email for registered participants.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Theresa Gibson at [email protected] or Judy Day at [email protected].

We hope to see you soon!

Theresa and Judy

Workshop details and registration can be accessed at any time at http://ncsef.org/index.php/teachers/workshops.

Michelle Hafey

[email protected]

Program Associate

Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

University of North Carolina Wilmington

PH: 910.962.3168

FAX: 910.962.4000



Soon to Welcome AmeriCorp VISTA: Madi NeeSmith

STEM West welcomes Madi NeeSmith is a recent manga cum laude graduate from Furman University as an AmeriCorp VISTA. She received a B.A degree in Politics and International Affairs. Here at STEM West she will serve as our Communications VISTA. She, like STEM West, strives to help alleviate poverty.  Ergo, in this position she will focus on supporting and expanding high-quality STEM programs beyond the school day and establishing a communications system that links existing and potential STEM West ecosystem stakeholders. Madi’s past experience with working for Furman University’s Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education and her time as a research intern for a member of Scottish Parliament has provided her with experience in outreach and communications which she will apply at STEM West.

Great appreciation goes to Alfred Mayes and Burroughs Wellcome Fund for supporting STEM West and funding this position. Madi will begin her year-long appointment August 31st and will be housed at the NC Center of Engineering Technologies. “This will be a great opportunity for STEM West to have a partner in communications and data collection for the Asset Map! I am very pleased to soon be working with Madi in the fall,” stated Dr. Carol Moore, CEO and President of STEM West.