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What's Happening in STEM
Oct. 19 | Volume 20 - 2023
The NC STEM Center is a Web Portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in North Carolina
Dozen school districts to use funding to develop skills in computer science

North Carolina school districts receive $800K in grants

A dozen North Carolina school districts will benefit from a total of $800,000 in grants this school year aimed at developing student skills in computer science through coding. The Coding and Mobile App Development Grant program, launched in 2017 with funding from the N.C. General Assembly, supports partnerships with local businesses to help schools develop computer science, coding and mobile app development programs for middle and high school students. The grants, which range from $27,000 to $80,000, assist with the purchase of equipment and digital materials as well as cover the costs associated with teacher professional development to build capacity in coding, computer science and mobile application development initiatives. Applicants for this year’s round of grants indicated a primary goal of establishing strategies to implement and integrate the new NC K-12 Computer Science Standards by prioritizing professional development for teachers and introducing students to computer science in novel ways. Read full announcement and view winning districts.

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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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Spooky Science Party

01HB6KV8RQAB8DJK77SW2DA00N.pngGet ready for Halloween with some Spooky Science! Join the North Carolina Fossil Club on Friday (Oct. 20) at the Kidzu's Outdoor Learning Garden in Chapel Hill from 5 to 6 p.m. for a free, family-friendly garden party to explore fossils, hands-on activities and music.

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North Carolina International Science Challenge and North Carolina SMT Awards

NCISC applications and 2024 SMT Awards nominations now open

in_awards-1.jpgThe North Carolina Science, Mathematics, Technology (SMT) Center has two incredible opportunities for you. Applications are now open for the  2024 N.C. International Science Challenge (NCISC), which is a yearly competition that connects North Carolina high school students with their peers from all over the world in order to share scientific discoveries on an international stage. Deadline to apply for next year's competition is Dec. 3. Additionally, the SMT Awards offered annually recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions STEM education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center. Nominations are now being accepted through Dec. 1. Recipients will be honored next spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

Use the links provided above to get more information or visit the SMT Center Website.  
Nourish the Future accepting applications for 2024 cohort now until Nov. 1

Apply now for 2024 National Teacher Leader Community  

teacherleaders-2023-2.pngNourish the Future, a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers, is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Teacher Leader Community Class V. This is a national program where only 25 teachers will be selected. The Nourish the Future national leadership experience is a year-long cohort program designed for middle and high school science teachers. Deadline for applications is Nov. 1. Learn More
Discover your next professional learning community

Kenan Fellows applications close on Dec. 1

kfbox.jpgThe Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at NC State University is accepting applications for their next cohort now through Dec. 1. 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.  Watch Video or Apply Here
Get engaged and become part of North Carolina's largest celebration of science

Submit your STEM event(s) for the 2024 NC Science Festival

2024scifest-1.jpgThe NC Science Festival annually seeks proposals from organizations interested in hosting an event during the spring celebration. Festival organizers officially have started accepting events for the 2024 North Carolina Science Festival in April. Use the link to submit yours today! And, of course, there are also ways for you to volunteer.  Get Involved
Triaging rural connectivity challenges for better health and care in North Carolina

HERO Project: High-speed cure for NC’s digital health divide

HEROProject_BlogImage_Healthcare-web.pngIn addition to the educational benefits of high-speed Internet in rural, underserved areas of North Carolina, there are also medical benefits when it comes to modern health care. The digital divide has manifested as a stark reality for countless North Carolinians in remote communities. However, the HERO (High Speed Economies for Rural Opportunities) Project by MCNC aims to provide a high-speed cure to poor health outcomes in these areas.  Read More
Save the date for Feb. 28-29 in Chapel Hill

Call for Presentations: Science For All Summit 2024

SFA-summit-logo-1.pngMark your calendars for the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center's Science for All Summit on Feb. 28-29 at the Friday Conference Center at UNC Chapel Hill. Presentation proposals for the event must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on Nov. 6 to be considered. Get Details
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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