EdCamp STEM West

The EdCamp STEM West has everything you expect dynamic conversations with dedicated educators; relevant sessions created by and lead by the participants; cutting edge pedagogy that will inspire you and motivate your students. Join us for a morning filled with learning focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

Edcamp STEM West is for all educators who are interested in learning and motivating our young people in this ever changing, technology-rich world. Please join us. Edcamps are best when everyone attends.

Jan. 21, 2017 (Snow date: Jan. 28, 2017)
Grandview Middle School, Hickory

2017 Eggs & Issues Breakfast

The 2017 Eggs & Issues Breakfast will include the release of the Public School Forum’s Top 10 Education Issues and a special taping of the Forum’s weekly TV show “Education Matters” hosted by Keith Poston featuring a one-on-one interview with Governor-elect Roy Cooper.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
7:30-9:30  a.m.
Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Central Regional Conference

This year’s theme is “Collaboration, Support, Success – NC Math, A Great Team!” Registration is FREE for all participants. There will be 45-minute sessions focusing on mathematics for all grade levels.

Interested speakers should submit proposals by Feb. 28.

Saturday March 18, 2017
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
UNC-Greensboro, School of Education Building
1300 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 27412

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

GoodnightScholars Program Presents” speaker event, “A 4D Future” on January 30th, 2017 at Stewart Theatre featuring founder of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and MIT’s Department of Architecture faculty member, Skylar Tibbits  at 6:30 p.m. at NC State’s Talley Student Union Stewart Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Rx for Science Literacy series: Human Genetic Variation

This workshop addresses the basics of human genetics, its potential to improve human health, and its application towards understanding and describing human evolution. Dr. Kathleen Vandiver from MIT will conduct a training session with a sample curriculum, using her LEGO DNA/RNA and protein sets.

This workshop is most applicable to high school teachers and those teaching advanced middle school students.

Friday, Feb. 10
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park, N.C.

RX for Science Literacy series: Chemicals, the Environment, and You

This workshop is based on a curriculum developed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The curriculum focuses on the science of toxicology to help students understand the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health. It also conveys the influence of chemicals on the health of living organisms.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Visit NC School of Science and Math for a day of demonstrations and inspiration

The NC School of Science and Math invites teachers, administrators, and education advocates  for a Learning Tour, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Durham campus. Tours are scheduled for March 14.

Learning Tours include demonstrations and discussions of technology and curriculum led by faculty members, sometimes with student participation, on topics such as:

Global understanding: How to create real-time interactive video classroom with students in the U.S. and China
Maker space demonstrations in our new fabrication lab
Student engagement in the mathematics classroom: Modeling, manipulatives, and more
Hands-on with the Internet of Things: Sensors, robots, microcontrollers and the curriculum materials that come with them, for STEM classrooms
Library design and resources for today’s students
Videoconferencing classes and STEM enrichment activities.
We assess a site visit fee to cover the cost of lunch for all participants as well as visit coordination:

• $25 per person (paid at least two weeks in advance of the tour)

• $35 per person (paid less than two weeks in advance of the tour)

2016-17 Rx for Science Literacy

The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

Tuesday, March 21
Duke University, Durham
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 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.

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.

awards-iconAwards, Fellowships & Grants

North Carolina Teacher Voice Network 

Hope Street Group – the nonpartisan nonprofit that connects classroom teachers with their peers and decision-makers across North Carolina and nationally – will soon be recruiting its next cohort of North Carolina Teacher Voice Network Leaders.

Application opens Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center Awards

NC SMT opened nominations for the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center Awards. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups who made exemplary contributions to SMT during the year, promoting the mission of the SMT center. There are nine awards accepting nominations.

Biogen Foundation opens grant applications for science teachers

The Biogen Foundation created a micro-grant program to promote science in NC called “Ignite the Power of STEM.” Teachers of K-12 students may apply for grants up to $2,000, and schools may apply for grants up to $5,000. The Biogen Foundation will award $135,000 in total. Grants may be used to promote science literacy in innovation, bring new and exciting hands-on experiences, encourage equal access to STEM and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

Grant applications must be submitted before Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

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.

students-iconStudent Programs

EngineerGirl Essay Contest 2017

The National Academy of Engineering invites students (boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay with their engineering ideas for helping vulnerable and endangered animals. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 are available for the best essays in each of the three age categories. We want to hear from you! Submit your essay by 6 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 1, 2017.

NASA Glenn Research Center’s 2017 Microgravity DIVER Drop Tower Challenge

Teams of grade 9-12 students are challenged to design and build diving objects that will submerge in water as far as possible when exposed to microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. After student proposals are evaluated, selected teams will compete in the challenge and are expected to present their results at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) conference in Seattle, WA in October 2017.

Proposals can be submitted at any time up to Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 and team selections will be announced on Friday, Feb. 10.

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.