Partnerships Provide Kenan Fellow Opportunity!

Ashley Twitty, a teacher at Spindale Elementary in Rutherford County, has been named one of 19 Kenan Fellows for 2020-21. She will be partnering with STEM West to assist with Diversity and Equity Asset Mapping Project. This partnership is made possible with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Ashley will be helping STEM West to gather information from organizations and industry partners that will improve access to STEM opportunities in the Western Region.

“This fellowship is such a wonderful honor. I am eager to work with Dr. Carol Moore and STEM West to better the efforts of access in the areas of STEM and diversity in our region. I am excited about this opportunity to learn more about STEM access in our region. I know that my experience with STEM West will not only impact myself but the students that I teach as well. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity thanks to the partnership with Burroughs Wellcome Fund, STEM West, and Kenan Fellows,” stated Twitty.

“Equity, access, and opportunity to developing and available resources are essential elements to addressing diversity in STEM. The mapping of assets with STEM West will provide opportunities for greater collaborative partnerships and the leveraging of investments within the western region of the state,” stated Alfred Mays. Mays is the program officer for Science Education and Diversity in Science at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

In addition to working with the mapping of assets, Twitty will be creating a product that encompasses what she has learned from her internship with STEM West. This product will not only be a product to help move this critical work of STEM West forward, but Twitty also wants it to have a direct impact on her classroom, school, and community.

“This unique Kenan Fellowship with Mrs. Twitty may open the way for additional Fellowships that meet the needs of other business partners. I am eager and excited to work beside her as she evaluates and designs programming to increase STEM access for ALL students in rural western North Carolina—Welcome Ashley Twitty!” stated Dr. Carol Moore, CEO of STEM West.

New Opportunities: June 1st, 2020

National PLC with LabXChange:


Join us as we launch our first round of professional learning communities and engage in the LabXchange platform 

This series will be built on the ideas that we must listen to users, share ideas and resources, and receive professional development for science pedagogy and how we can build engaging virtual experiences that meet the needs of our students.

Our first PLC will begin
Wednesday, June 3 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT 


We will meet once a week for four weeks.Register For the PLC Series HereTake the PLC Pre-Survey TodayCreate a Free Account on LabXchangeInformation on the PLCS HereFor any questions, please contact us at [email protected].


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A Teaching Fellows Program for early-career high school math and science teachers!~

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Public Review for Draft 1 of Proposed NC SC Standards Now Open

New Opportunities: May 25, 2020

Join Us!
For Two Next Family Code Night
“Home Editions”  ScratchJr Logo 1. ScratchJr Family Code NightFor K-2 children and parents TogetherMay 26 at 4pmPT, 7pmETTablets/Chromebooks Only!  SIGN-UP HERE  Scratch Logo 2. Scratch Family Code NightFor grades 3-5 children and parents TogetherMay 28 at 4pmPT, 7pmET  SIGN-UP HERE
Learn About ScratchJrIntroduction to ScratchJr
Learn About Scratch
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ScIC2 “Science is Cool” virtual unconference is hosting a live edition of StarTalk: Cosmic Queries with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Register for the free conference that begins at 12pm EST on Thursday, May 21st using the link below.  While there are sessions taking place all day, register for the event and choose what you want to attend.

https://www.scic-conference.com/?utm_source=ADI+WEBSITE&utm_campaign=5b2606055f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_04_04_56_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a65f3c1eaf-5b2606055f-136870087&goal=0_a65f3c1eaf-5b2606055f-136870087&mc_cid=5b2606055f&mc_eid=27a1d7384c

Take the Virtual K-12 Citizen Science Challenge

Here’s How to Enter:

✔ Pick a team (virtually) or go solo
✔ Select a Citizen Science Project at https://scistarter.org/education
✔ Work on the project (May-July)
✔ Submit a short video highlighting your process and results on YouTube using #virtualcitscichallenge

🎁    Prizes WILL be awarded! 🎁

For more details visit, https://sciencehouse.ncsu.edu/virtual-k-12-citizen-science-challenge/

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Designed by The Science House of NC State University, Digital Development: Tackling Hybrid STEM Education is an affordable, virtual, and week-long (1-hour per day) professional development training to empower teachers, schools and districts to leverage online STEM resources to create authentic and flexible learning experiences.

What does the program cover?✔ Targeting Student Misconceptions & Maximizing Prior Knowledge✔ Planning and Harnessing Quality Lesson Plans✔ Big Data and Education Data Mining✔ Interactive Virtual Labs and Simulations✔ Citizen Science In (or Out) of the Classroom

Program Details:
Who: K-12 Teachers
What: Professional development that leverages FREE online STEM resources to empower teachers as they tackle changing educational needs.
When: June 22-26, 2020. Daily sessions from 10-11am
Where: Online using Zoom
Cost: $50 for the week
Benefits: Certificate of completion for five hours of digital learning and/or content professional development. 
REGISTER NOW


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The NC Museum of Natural Sciences Teacher Education team is excited to announce new topics (Under a Rotten Log and Trees to Meet You) in our online workshop series that is designed to help you to explore the natural world right in your own backyard.

Our professional development mini-workshops are totally free and online. Each session includes a short introductory video and follow-up assignments to get outdoors and explore your “nature neighborhood!” You can do them at your own pace, as all the resources and materials are available on an ongoing basis. You can receive credit towards CEUs or EE certification (Criteria 2). And we’ve made all of our resources available for you to borrow/adapt/modify for your students and families.

We’re adding new topics every few weeks, but thus far the workshop topics include:

  • Creating a Nature Journal – Create your very own nature journal with household materials and get tips to start the practice of nature journaling. (2 hours)
  • Using Your Senses – Practice making more detailed observations by focusing on all of your senses. (1 hour)
  • Looking Closely – Take advantage of one of the most simple yet powerful tools to observe the world around you: a magnifying glass! (2 hours)
  • Parts of a Flower – Review the parts of a flower and then apply your knowledge as you observe the flowers in your yard. (2 hours)
  • Citizen Science Adventure: Nature’s Notebook – Learn how to collect data on the plants and animals in your yard for the Nature’s Notebook citizen science project. (3 or 5 hours)
  • Citizen Science Adventure: eBird – Get tips on observing, identifying, and sketching birds and learn how to contribute to the eBird citizen science project. (3 hours)
  • Under a Rotten Log – Explore the amazing world beneath a rotten log and practice making scientific diagrams. (2 hours)
  • Trees to Meet You– Learn about tree characteristics, sharpen your observation and drawing skills with a leaf contour drawing, and gather resources for tree identification. (3 hours)

These workshops are each in a separate Google Classroom. Here are the steps to join:

  1. Log in to google with a gmail account that is not part of a G Suite (your school system or business email will not work)
  2. Go to http://classroom.google.com
  3. Click the + button to join a new class
  4. Use a classroom code from the list below*, depending on which topic you’d like to explore first. We recommend starting with the Creating a Nature Journal workshop.
TopicClassroom Code
Creating a Nature Journalhh6xeuv
Using your Senseshqqi3z3
Looking Closelyd5k24gf
Parts of a Flowerlqcxynd
Citizen Science Adventure: Nature’s Notebookoao23sp
Citizen Science Adventure: eBirdeuuzih3
Under a Rotten Logi6qf7et
Trees to Meet Youewjtgb3

*All of our classroom codes can also be found in this Google Sheet. We will keep this file updated as we add new topics!





New Opportunities: May 18, 2020

Dear Students, Teachers, and Administrators,

The NCSEF administration was extremely sad to have to cancel the 2020 NC Science and Engineering Fair.  We know that this was especially hard for students that are graduating high school or those that are moving up in age divisions.  Many of you worked all year on your research only to lose the opportunity to share your results with others.  We are still looking at ways to showcase your work.  We will be in touch later with plans as we are able to finalize them.  Students, we know that you cannot be judged at ISEF this year – but this opportunity will allow you to share in the other benefits of attending ISEF.

STUDENTS AND TEACHERS —–   REGISTER TO VIRTUALLY ATTEND ISEF  – ANYONE CAN REGISTER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEARING THE SPEAKERS, LOOKING AT PROJECTS, SEEING INFORMATION FROM UNIVERSITIES, ETC.!!!  https://isef.6connex.com/event/virtual/login,  ISEF will run all week and have an amazing amount of information for everyone!  Please spread the word that anyone can register and participate!

NEWS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS –

The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron are officially announcing the Virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, which will take place May 18 through May 22.

We are so thrilled to be able to bring the entire science fair community together to celebrate science. We will be bringing together the top minds in science and business – straight to your living room!

You can tune in to hear from people like

· Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner (2018) Frances Arnold

· Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf

· National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner Cato Laurencin

Curious about who else will be speaking and what the program will be? CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE!    https://sspcdn.blob.core.windows.net/files/Documents/SEP/ISEF/2020/Virtual/Schedule.pdf

Beyond the Panels
We are also thrilled to be bringing the ISEF Commons, featuring dozens of universities, so that your students can have an opportunity to learn more about some top colleges. Stay tuned for a full list of colleges and universities!

We will also be setting up virtual rooms for each project category, featuring videos about finalists’ projects. (Please note that it is not mandatory to finalists to create videos.) Head to each category to learn more about finalists’ research! Or head to other category rooms! 

Here’s what you need to know Head here to register NOW for free: LINK!
The virtual experience will include a mix of live and pre-recorded content as well as interactive sessions with a live Q&A. Stay tuned for more information about the schedule! 

· This event is open to everyone – not just ISEF finalists. Please send this information to your entire fair community. This is an opportunity for all your volunteers to “go to ISEF!” Please send this information to all the students, teachers and parents who participate in your fair. We want everyone to have an opportunity to hear from these amazing speakers and participate in our virtual programming. 

Please try to participate as much as possible!

Best regards,

Judy Day

NCSEF Fair Director

Thanks!
Ms. Judy Day
[email protected]

Computer Science Fundamentals

We constantly receive information from fellow educators and stakeholders in the field offering computer science related activities and tips to effectively engage students. The below link shared by Sheronica Sharp was compiled by a colleague to provide CS Fundamentals.

You can find those resources using the below links.

Free Online Beat Making & Filmmaking Courses

KRE8ivU is thrilled to announce their new online Music Production and Cinematography/Filmmaking courses. They will be utilizing online software made for music, podcast recording, and video editing called Soundtrap and WeVideo.

No experience is needed to enjoy these online courses. They start this month and end the last week of June. To register, visit KRE8ivU.

Dr. Hemphill recently recorded a testimonial with other leaders in Computer Science. You can view it and others here.

(Selections from NCDPI CS Site)

Explore Summer at NCSSM 

Summer Accelerator Goes Online for 2020

Is your student seeking an academic challenge this summer? The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) offers summer programs for students who are rising 5th graders through high school seniors. With specialized coursework in areas such as artificial intelligence, biomedical sciences, and engineering, students have the opportunity to engage in real-world, project-based learning experiences. This year our Summer Accelerator courses will be delivered online by skilled instructors and leaders in their fields, with years of experience in mathematics, the sciences, and the humanities. 

Our instructors are committed to the learning experience of each student, and bring their professional experience to the online classroom, broadening the experience for each student through a blend of asynchronous and real-time, synchronous coursework and collaborative projects.  

Outside of class time, students have the opportunity to participate in virtual extracurricular enrichment programs including:

·       Leadership development activities

·       Professional speaker panels

·       Online trivia and escape rooms

·       And more…

The new online course schedule, program details, course descriptions, and pricing are now posted online:

Early Accelerator (rising 5th-6th grades)

Accelerator (rising 7th-9th grades)

Accelerator (rising 10th-12th grades)

For more information and to apply to your favorite course, check us out at: https://www.ncssm.edu/summer-programs or email us at [email protected] .

Virtual Summer Immersion Program Now Receiving Applications!

What is the Summer Immersion Program?
This 2-week NO-COST virtual program teaches girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech.

  • Rising 10-12th Grade Now welcoming rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors!
  • Beginner Must be a beginner or have not taken AP courses
  • 2 week virtual program this summer$300 needs-based stipend provided–can be used for technology, living expenses, food, etc.

    Fill out the interest form!

Effort of Partnerships!

Great Partnerships= Just In Time Assistance!

Thanks to Dr. Sharon Jones for sharing her expertise and partnering with STEM West to provide Just In Time Training for teachers who now have to offer all instruction virtually! She shared two sessions of how to get started and then offered a Canvas 101 as requested in feedback from participants. Over 100 educators received assistance through this partnership from 17 counties from New Hanover to Cherokee!

Just in Time Virtual Professional Development 2.0: Canvas 101

Friday, March 27th @ 9:00:

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows you to communicate and collaborate with students and provides a place for you to post course content, manage activities, and provide feedback to your students. By design, Canvas is a flexible tool that can help you support learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

At the end of our training, teachers will be able too:

  • Customize your Canvas course site
  • Add and organize content
  • Create activities and assess students
  • Collaborate with students
  • Import lessons from the Commons

This professional development will be led by Dr. Sharon Jones, a K12 computer science coach and online learning expert. Please find out more about Dr. Jones here

Register Link: https://forms.gle/HSUQWx9twWqp6fGL6

Just in Time: Monday Session!

Since the Friday session already has over 60 registrants, Dr. Sharon Jones is offering the same opportunity on Monday at 9:00! See registration below:


Dr. Sharon Jones, of the Dottie Rose Foundation, is reaching out to offer Just In Time training for NC education providers who find themselves leaping into digital instruction NOW. Dr. Jones is reaching out to assist the STEM West community and others with first steps….

Just in Time Virtual Professional Development: Leveraging Digital Tools for Online Learning

Join us for a one hour virtual PD on creating a comprehensive learning experience through your online learning platform (Google Classroom or Canvas) on Monday March 23th at 9:00. We will explore three different tools that will provide connection with students while also enhancing the online learning experience.  From screen recording to live stream we will discuss how to integrate each tool now into your course effectively. You will leave with a strategy ready to use today to make your work easier! 

Click here to register and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. 

This professional development will be led by Dr. Sharon Jones, a K12 computer science coach and online learning expert. Please find out more about Dr. Jones here

JUST IN TIME:

Dr. Sharon Jones, of the Dottie Rose Foundation, is reaching out to offer Just In Time training for NC education providers who find themselves leaping into digital instruction NOW. Dr. Jones is reaching out to assist the STEM West community and others with first steps….

Just in Time Virtual Professional Development: Leveraging Digital Tools for Online Learning

Join us for a one hour virtual PD on creating a comprehensive learning experience through your online learning platform (Google Classroom or Canvas) on Friday, March 20th at 9:00. We will explore three different tools that will provide connection with students while also enhancing the online learning experience.  From screen recording to live stream we will discuss how to integrate each tool now into your course effectively. You will leave with a strategy ready to use today to make your work easier! 

Click here to register and a Zoom link will be sent to your email. 
This professional development will be led by Dr. Sharon Jones, a K12 computer science coach and online learning expert. Please find out more about Dr. Jones here

STEM West: Best Practices, Today and Tomorrow Community Forum

Over 130 participants from across North Carolina participated in networking activities on January 30th, 2020 at The Foundation of the Isothermal Community College. The event was facilitated by Dr. Tom Williams who provided an Affinity session to discuss STEM programming across the region and how to move forward. Participants took advantage of the Exhibition of over 25 STEM programs across the region and the EdCamp type of unconference built around survey results of registrants. Thank you to Mariah Morris, NC BWF Teacher of the Year, Alfred Mays, Dr. Sam Houston, and Dr. Walter Dalton for their support for STEM West and sharing their wisdom with all the attendees. The event was sponsored through a STEMx Grant from Battelle.