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What's Happening in STEM
May 9 | Volume 9 - 2024
The NC STEM Center is a Web Portal for all things related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in North Carolina
Annual awards celebration honors outstanding students, educators throughout North Carolina

2024 SMT Awards recognize year's best in STEM

The N.C. Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) annually offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center. Nominations are accepted each fall. Recipients of the awards were honored this month at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

The 2024 recipients are:

• Partnership Award - Center for Energy Education. Watch Video
• SMT Champion - Mebane Rash, EducationNC. Watch Video
• Outstanding Instructional Leader - Susan Miller-Hendrix, Robeson County. Watch Video
• Outstanding 9-16 Educator - Kayla Varnell, Lenoir County Schools. Watch Video
• Informal Educator Award - Dr. Connie Locklear, Robeson County. Watch Video
• Student Leadership Award - Rachel Noble, Lenoir County Schools. Watch Video

Congratulations to all of this year's winners, and thank you for what you do for North Carolina.

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Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at NC State University

Kenan Fellows names Class of 2024-2025 

kfbox.jpgKenan Fellows announced this week the selection of 38 K-12 educators from North Carolina public schools as 2024-25 Kenan Fellows. These educators, from 24 school districts across the state, represent diverse grade levels and subject areas. Use the link to view this year's list and congratulations to all who were selected for this prestigious program. Meet The Fellows
G-Force Robotics from Clayton continues to inspire girls in STEM

NC robotics team wins big at FIRST World Championships

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund accepting SSEP grant applications

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STEM Educators for Equity and Diversity (S.E.E.D) Fellows

Applications for SEED Fellows closes May 17

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High-speed internet is vital for cultural institutions in the state to thrive in today's digital age

Broadband fuels culture and quality of life in North Carolina

HEROProject_BlogImage_17-1.jpgBroadband access is incredibly important for museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and other community anchor institutions in North Carolina. MCNC’s HERO Project is another step forward to support these important institutions to ensure every community has what it needs to fully participate in today’s society. Read More
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#ThankATeacher Week

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NC TECH State of Tech

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Summer Learning Week

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