Spring 2017 Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership

Interested in improving the state of science education leadership in North Carolina? If so, please plan to attend the Summit Meeting on Science Education Leadership in North Carolina on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the James Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

The keynote speaker is Bobbie Cavnar, NC 2016 Teacher of the Year. He will talk on “Teachers as Leaders: how to be a leader at your school, district, and profession”.  The meeting will include lunch, presentation of the Michael C Jackson Distinguished Service Award, a keynote speech, breakout sessions for K-5, 6-12, and Education Outreach (Universities and Informal Science), snacks, and a short business meeting.

Bridging the Gap

The application process is open to give a presentation and/or participate in the poster session at Bridging the Gap 2017. This year’s conference has been scheduled on Oct. 24-25, 2017 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Presenters are asked to share resources and best-practices in STEM education. Presentations should be interactive and engaging and should foster collaboration between North Carolina’s K-16 STEM education communities. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 15, 2017.

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

Innovative Exploration: Viewing Your Content Through a Real World Context

NASA Langley Research Center in collaboration with East Carolina University (ECU), NC Space Grant Consortium, Elizabeth City State University and NC Natural and Cultural Resources are providing an innovative experience for teachers in the Eastern North Carolina. The workshop will beJune 19 – 22, 2017, with a trip to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA on Friday, June 23, 2017. Teachers will receive a free Solar Eclipse Kit sponsored by the NC Space Grant Consortium!

The deadline to register is May 1, 2017.

LiftOff 2017 Summer Institute: Starry Night

LiftOff emphasizes STEM learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. The institute will take place in Texas June 26-30 and is open to educators who teach grades 4-12. The deadline to apply is April 14.

Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. The all expenses paid workshop includes hotel, meals, tours, and travel for teachers to attend for the week.

Adventures in Alice Programming

Adventures in Alice Programming is a project for integrating the programming language Alice into NC middle schools and high schools. A Beginner Alice workshop has been scheduled for June 19-28, 2017 in Durham. 

Friday Institute’s MOOC-Ed: Massive Open Online Courses for Educators

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the NC State College of Education. Built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice, MOOC-Ed courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning, rather than tests and grades that are needed in other types of MOOCs.

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Call for Submissions for NCABR K-16 STEM Teaching Award

The NC Association for Biomedical Research bestows its Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education to one or more recipients in the field of K–16 STEM education each year. The awards are designed to recognize educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and higher education faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Completed nomination forms must be received by March 31, 2017.

Each award consists of:

  • Complimentary registration to the current year’s Bridging the Gap STEM education conference (registrations will be refunded for awardees who register and pay in advance);
  • $500 cash prize;
  • 1-year NCABR Individual Membership;
  • Recognition and award presentation at the Bridging the Gap conference; and Letter of recognition to the awardee’s administration.

Do! Awards

The Little Book of DO! outlines practical wisdom for accomplishing your goals. As the book shows, it’s not the achievement of goals that brings satisfaction as much as the journey in pursuit of goals- namely, the doing part. Moreover, DO! is the key driver of success as an action-oriented contributor in your family, workplace and community.

The DO! Awards are putting the book’s principles to work by helping individuals, organizations and businesses DO! great things with a $1,000 DO! Award.

NC State University is seeking K-12 teachers across the state to participate in its Humanities Extension Program for the 2016-2017 school year. The Program allows NC State University professors to come to K-12 classes and present on a topic related to Humanities and Social Sciences topics that is being taught in the classroom. Email Jackie Parker at humanities_extension@ncsu.edu with any questions about the program.

W. W. Rankin Award Nomination

The Rankin Award is designed to recognize and honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to NCCTM and to mathematics education in North Carolina. Nominations may be submitted at any time; recipients are announced each year at the State Mathematics Conference.

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6th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day

The Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at NC State is hosting its 6th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day on Saturday, April 8, 2017! The event will involve mathematically-oriented games and workshops led by current math graduate students. We will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Cynthia Vinzant, a faculty member in the Mathematics Department.
This event is free, and any 7th or 8th grade girls are welcome to attend. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 3rd

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Science Enrichment Program

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has opened its application for the 2017 Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards. SSEP supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on scientific activities for K-12 students and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF’s home state of North Carolina. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. The application deadline is April 18, 2017.

NC Council on Economic Education’s Academic Competitions

For more than 40 years, the NC Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has sponsored a number of academic competitions focusing on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship for North Carolina students in primary and secondary schools designed to support and enhance the economic education experience. All competition winners are invited to attend regional awards banquets in the spring where their accomplishments are celebrated with their parents and teachers, as well as a number of educational leaders and prominent business leaders. Visit their website to see a list of the competitions.