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What's Happening in STEM
Sept. 7 | Volume 17 - 2023
The NC STEM Center is a Web Portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in North Carolina
Report: Improving workforce development and education helps close the skills gap

STEM preserves America’s innovation edge

There are many challenges facing the United States as it shifts from an industrial to a digital economy, but one fundamental issue lies in workforce development and STEM education. New advances in robotics, A.I., and advanced manufacturing are automating jobs, displacing workers, and requiring new skills from Americans. With a skills gaps noted in several areas, there could be constraints in coming years on the country’s ability to reap the advantages of a digital economy. As stated in this paper from Brookings, more effective STEM education and workforce development are necessary to have the qualified people needed for domestic production, supply chain management, cybersecurity, data analytics, and innovation.

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Explore NC STEM Center

SearchButton-orange.jpgDo you have an opportunity or program doing great work to promote STEM in North Carolina? Now you can post your special events, summer camps, and afterschool programs for us to promote all year long. We invite you to create an account to get started today!

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  STEM Spotlight


01H9KATX121AGDKHHTE4SE8XP1.jpgBrainSTEM is a unique education program planned for grades 3-5 at Graham Public Library in Alamance County. Upcoming dates include: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19. Learn more about this opportunity using the Science Near Me feature at the NC STEM Center.

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Start your journey with Kenan Fellows today

Discover your next professional learning community

kfbox.jpgThe Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at NC State University is accepting applications starting this Friday (Sept. 8). This top-ranked program invests in the professionalism of teachers, enabling them to serve as bridges between their school community and the local STEM workforce. All North Carolina K-12 public school and charter school educators are invited to apply. Deadline is Dec. 1, for priority consideration.  Watch Video & Learn More
NC East Alliance webinar this month

Untapped Talent Pools: Finding Your Workforce

c86e3134-a6e8-4683-a7e3-9278590136d2.jpgThe NC EAST Alliance will host a webinar on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. to discuss how North Carolina can stay competitive by putting talent first in today's workforce. Featured speaker Sarah Hall, director at NC State University's Institute for Emerging Issues, will share and discuss the results of the recent Talent First Economics Report during the session.  Register
Congrats to The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro

North Carolina high school ranks best in the nation

ncguilfordschool.jpegNorth Carolina is home to the best high school in the nation, a new report finds. The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro ranks No. 1 on a list of public schools boasting top test scores and preparing students for college, according to U.S. News & World Report Read More
MCNC's FY 2024 outlook and importance of broadband in NC

HERO Project: Relationships, Influence, and Taking Action

HEROProject_BlogImage_BuildingRelationships_B.jpgFor more than 45 years, MCNC has been proactive in meeting the technology needs for citizens in North Carolina. MCNC’s business and partnering strategy gives the state a real competitive advantage in economic development, digital equity and inclusion, and is a driver for the interconnected economy in North Carolina.  Read More
Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Grants

PRISM: Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics

prism2023.jpgThe deadline is coming soon (Sept. 29)! The Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) Awards enhance the excitement for STEM in the classroom by providing funds for materials, equipment, and supplies for North Carolina teachers. Use the link for more information about the award, monetary amounts, and how to submit an application.  Apply
Oct. 24 and Oct. 25

Bridging the Gap 2023

The 2023 Bridging the Gap conference is scheduled for Oct. 24-25 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park.  Read More
Nov. 13 and Nov. 14

Synergy Conference

Mark your calendars for the the 2023 Synergy Conference on Nov. 13-14 at the Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill.
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Nov. 15 and Nov. 16

MCNC Community Day

MCNC’s signature event – MCNC Community Day – will return this fall on Nov. 15-16 at the Durham Convention Center.
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