Conferences-iconConferences & Presentations

Bridging the Gap 2018

Bridging the Gap is an annual conference whose goal is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina. This year’s event has been scheduled Oct. 23-24, 2018 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. The event brings together educators, business leaders, government officials and others who play a role in STEM education to share ideas and resources.

Conference attendees are invited to submit applications to give presentations. Presenter applications will be accepted through June 15. Each approved presenter will receive a 40% discount on conference registration.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators

Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org

Save the date for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or SPACE, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This conference is for K-12 educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

Save the Date: NC Science Teachers Association & National Science Teachers Association Charlotte Area Conference

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018


  • Illuminate Literacy Through Science
  • Amp Up Science Instruction
  • High-Voltage Science Strategies
  • Beyond Standards

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

2018 RX for Science Literacy Workshop: The Importance of Vaccines: Research Tells the Story

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging (CVEA), Brenner Children’s Hospital and its Sticht Center on Aging to present The Importance of Vaccines: Research Tells the Story, a one-day workshop that will be Tuesday, July 24, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Biotech Place in Winston-Salem.

Kinetic Connections 2018 Summer Teacher Institute

June 27 – 29, 2018
9:30 – 4:00 daily

Barton College
Wilson, NC

$50 per day stipend, CEU credit, STEAM connections for your classroom, Arts, and project-based learning, Artwork of local artist Vollis Simpson as inspiration, Hands-on, standards-based learning experiences, a Field trip to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Real-life applications. Lunch is provided daily

Third through fifth-grade classroom and art teachers from Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson.

Application deadline is May 25. Apply now.

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.

Chatham Education Foundation’s Literacy Program SOAR

The Foundation’s literacy tutoring program, SOAR, is recruiting volunteer tutors to provide FREE specialized one-on-one literacy tutoring to select 1st and 2nd graders at Virginia Cross Elementary School in Siler City and North Chatham Elementary School in Chapel Hill who has been identified as behind grade level. Commitment is for just 45 minutes twice a week between 3-6 p.m.

awards-iconAwards, Fellowships & Grants

Penguin Teacher Awards for Literacy

The Penguin Random House Foundation is offering awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 to support teachers who inspire a love of reading in students through programs and curricula that are innovative, original, and have measurable success. Winners are awarded grants to help further their reading programs and to help disseminate them to other teachers around the country. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.

Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers

Each year, the SMT Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in North Carolina. Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers provide $175,000 over a period of five years ($35,000 per year) to eligible teachers in the North Carolina public school system. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) will support up to six awards in annual installments. September 2018 is the deadline to apply.

Formlabs 3D Printing Grants

Are you part of an educational institution that is working on a project at the cutting edge of technology and research? The Formlabs Education Grant is an opportunity for educational labs to receive a Form 2 for their research facility by sharing a project that will benefit from the use of a 3D printer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded at one lab or educational facility per quarter.

students-iconStudent Programs

Summer Young Innovators

The Young Innovators Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation that runs between June 18 and Aug. 10 in Chapel Hill.

Ag-Discovery Camp: Investing in the Future of Plant Science

Ag-Discovery at NC State University is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in plant science. Students live on campus in dorms, learning field and laboratory research techniques from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, and plant pathologists working for the U.S. Government. Plant sciences include entomology (the study of insects), plant pathology (the study of plant diseases), botany (the study of plants), and agronomy (the science of soil management and production of field crops). The camp is June 18-29, 2018.

IBM Digital Business Group Summer 2018 Internship

The Digital Business Group internship is designed to give high school/pre-college students the opportunity to develop the skills, experiences, and networks that are critical to launching a career in the STEM field.

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.