Fresh Newsletter
What's Happening in STEM
April 18 | Volume 8 - 2024
The NC STEM Center is a Web Portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in North Carolina
Heather Smith recognized as 2024 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year

Haywood math teacher named NC Teacher of the Year

Heather Smith, a Haywood County Schools math teacher, is the 2024 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. “We want to show the students of North Carolina that no matter the background, no matter the subject area, no matter what curriculum they learn, we are here to support them on their journey,” Smith said in her acceptance speech this month at a ceremony held in Cary, where eight other regional finalists also were recognized. Read more. Smith has spent her entire career teaching in Haywood County Schools. She’s taught sixth and eighth grade math at Waynesville Middle School since 2019. Prior to that, she taught at Canton Middle School and Clyde Elementary School. Smith is a graduate of Western Carolina University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970.

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  STEM Spotlight

World Turtle Day

turtles.jpgJoin the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham on May 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. as they "shell-a-brate" World Turtle Day. This "turtle-y" awesome event is free and open to the public. Also, you can learn more about their ongoing citizen science project, Turtle Trekkers.

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Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership

STEMwork Sprint summer course open to K-12 educators 

stemwork-sprint-header-1.jpgReady to transform your teaching approach and enrich your classroom with industry connections? Enroll in STEMwork Sprint from Kenan Fellows and take the first step towards a more impactful and connected educational experience. Learn More
Local leaders identify key focus areas for regional economic development

NC East Alliance announces industry cluster leads

clusterleads-1.jpgNC East Alliance has added four new team members to lead the development of four industry clusters for the STEM East Industry in Schools Initiative. The industry cluster leads will coordinate schools, community colleges and businesses for their respective clusters, which have been identified as Blue Economy, Smart Ag, Aviation, and Green Energy. Read More
BWF grant supports campers at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Limited summer camp scholarships now available at aquarium

summercamp-1.jpgThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is offering a limited number of scholarship opportunities for its week-long 2024 summer camps - made possible by the Student STEM Enrichment Program Grant through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Learn More
Now through April 30

NC Science Festival

The NC Science Festival continues to roll on with hundreds of events still scheduled across the state this month! More 
April 22, 2024

NC Earth Day

The N.C. Environmental Education and Public Affairs online calendar is your one-stop shop for Earth Day related events. More
May 7, 2024

2024 Eggs and Issues

Public School Forum will host their 10th Annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh in May. More