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What's Happening in STEM
May 23 | Volume 10 - 2024
The NC STEM Center is a Web Portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in North Carolina
Two North Carolina students selected from 15 semifinalists are among 161 recipients nationally

NC Students named 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Two North Carolina students - Dishita Agarwal of The Early College at Guilford, and Jacob Chen of a Charlotte private school - have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars. These students were among 161 recipients recognized nationally for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. Agarwal and Chen were two of 15 North Carolina U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalists - view list. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 8,200 of the nation’s top-performing students. This year marks the program’s 60th anniversary. Congratulations!

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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

Summer Science Camps

morehead.pngScience is an adventure -an amazing opportunity to explore the world around us. Summer Science Camps happening at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill will kick off on June 10. Check out all the available camps and information using the link.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student STEM Enrichment Program

SSEP grant applications due by June 11

SSEP2024-1.jpgThe Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) supports diverse programs that enable North Carolina primary and secondary students to participate in creative STEM activities. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. Since the program's inception in 1996, BWF has awarded 288 grants totaling $43.3 million to 136 organizations that reach more than 43,000 North Carolina students. Deadline to apply is June 11. Learn More
More than 400 attend this year's Eggs & Issues event earlier this month

Public School Forum outlines top education issues in NC 

eggsissues2024-1.jpgThe Public School Forum of North Carolina shared the 2024-25 Top Education Issues recently during the tenth Eggs & Issues breakfast event. The annual top education issues briefing outlines the forum’s priorities for what should be at the forefront of education policy decision-making in the coming legislative biennium. This year’s edition also served as a way to measure progress on the priorities identified in 2023. Access Full Report
Connecting economic and workforce development with education and industry in Eastern NC

Pamlico Community College Joins STEM East Network

pamlico-1.jpgPamlico Community College has announced that they are joining the STEM East Network through NC East Alliance. Pamlico is the eleventh community college to join the growing network, which includes 29 school districts in eastern North Carolina. Read Announcement
Ask an expert ... featuring NC State's Head of STEM Education

Students need to understand how scientific decisions are made

Cognitive-Brain-1A.jpgFor William Sandoval, head of the Department of STEM Education in the NC State College of Education, when preparing K-12 students to engage with real-world science, developing the skills to become career scientists is not nearly as important as helping them to engage with the science that will occur all around them in their everyday lives. Learn more about his research on epistemic cognition and much more in his latest blog. Read More
MCNC's High Speed Economies for Rural Opportunities (HERO) Project

Technology, internet is catch of the day for NC seafood industry

HEROProject-Fishing-1.jpgThe seafood industry has been important to the state’s economy, culture and environment for centuries. Just as many industries have evolved through the use and access of technology, fishing is no exception; today’s modern fishermen require high-tech resources and high-speed broadband more than ever to get food to market in a timely manner. Read More
May 24, 2024

NC Principal of the Year

The 2024 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be named Friday (May 24) in Cary. Watch Live 
June 1, 2024

2024 Hurricane Season

NOAA will issue its official outlook for 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season today (Thursday). More 
July 15-19, 2024

Summer Learning Week

Summer Learning Week is a national awareness celebration planned for July 15-19. More