Job Shadowing, EIF2014, Students@Work, and Snowmageddon: This is your e-Update

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Feb. 14, 2014 - Volume 3

NC STEM Learning Network
Science + Technology + Engineering + Math

#EIF2014: Teachers and the great economic debate

The Raleigh Convention Center was full of teachers this week, and they were all on their feet. Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI), had asked all current or past teachers attending this year’s forum – about teachers - to stand. “Sit down if you’re no longer a teacher,” she directed. About a quarter of those standing, people who’ve retired or switched careers, sat down. A good teacher can be the difference between a child graduating from high school or dropping out, understanding content or memorizing information, and growing up to earn a decent salary or not. Good teachers shape students for life outside the classroom. At the end of the two-day event, one thing was clear: education reform in North Carolina will continue. While just about everyone in the room could agree change is needed, what that change should be or will be remains divisive. Thanks IEI for a thought-provoking conference - check out some of the top ideas and takeaways from the event. Finally, quick reminder that the 2014 Scaling STEM Conference is on Feb. 17-18 in Durham. This is one of the biggest STEM events of the year in North Carolina, which also happens to fall during national Engineering Week. Enjoy your e-update!

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STEM Teachers

It's time to ensure that individuals with crucial STEM skills and knowledge see teaching as a viable career path.

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Girls Who Code

Applications for the 2014 Summer Immersion Program are now open to 10th and 11th grade girls with a passion for tech.

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STEM Spotlight
March 3-7 is Students@Work Week

Middle school students will take part in job shadowing or job mentoring programs in March to help them connect what they are learning in class with future career opportunities. Students@Work is a joint initiative between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE). This year’s program spans all 100 North Carolina counties, includes more than 90 companies and will affect more than 20,000 students.

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We are pleased to offer you this resource to harness the power of numbers. This means everyone here has a voice, and we want to hear from you. Please consider the NC STEM Learning Network Blog just one more way to keep connected to community, state, and national discussions on STEM.

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STEM events for kids coming to Marbles Kids Museum

Enter now: Kavli Science in Fiction Video Contest

Golden LEAF scholarship applications due March 1

NBC launches video series on Science of 2014 Olympics

State leaders plan to raise starting teacher pay

The proposal Gov. Pat McCrory announced this week to raise the base pay for early-career teachers was met with praise and immediate questions about raises for those with more experience.

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Could this solve America's STEM graduate deficit?

In Bob Beichner's physics class at NC State University, the classroom is "flipped," which makes students learn the lessons outside of class and practice that work in groups of three during class.

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Job shadowing can get students interested in STEM

The "STEM pipeline" is leaking. But according to a new study, there's a fairly straightforward way to patch it up: Expose high school students to the actual workplaces where STEM is applied.

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Buncombe Discovery Academy struts stuff

The Buncombe County Discovery Academy, a new school for STEM-based learning in western North Carolina, held a ribbon ceremony this month as students look forward to securing a spot at the facility come fall.

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Resources & Tools


North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

Elementary School STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

STEM Education Data and Trends

Race to the Top State-by-State analysis

Year 2 Report for Race to the Top in North Carolina (PDF)

NC STEM ScoreCard

STEM Funding Search Engine

U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

STEM Grants & Awards

Student Science Enrichment Program

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies

STEM-C Partnerships: Computing Education for the 21st Century

STEM-C Partnerships: MSP (STEM-CP: MSP)

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)


Scaling STEM Conference

The 2014 Scaling STEM Conference is almost here and is scheduled for Feb. 17-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham.

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Engineering Week 2014

Engineering Week is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. It is a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. The upcoming Engineering Week will be held next year on Feb. 16-22.

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Future Me Fair coming to Marbles Kids Museum

What's in your future? Join Marbles Kids Museum for a playful exploration of career possibilities for kids at the Future Me Fair at the Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Event is free with museum admission in partnership with Leadership Raleigh.

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Citizen Schools to host opportunity breakfast

Join Citizen Schools North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for a breakfast celebrating the organization's work to expand opportunities for middle school students in Durham at Bay 7 on the American Tobacco Campus from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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LEGO KidsFest 2014

A perfect gift for the LEGO fan in your life: tickets to the LEGO KidsFest, returning to North Carolina Feb 28 - March 2, 2014. This national tour packs in more than three acres of hands-on LEGO building for the entire family.

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2014 Gravity Games

The Gravity Games - now in its fifth year - is a real-world experience in which students from across the state use STEM lessons to build and race their own gravity powered cars in downtown Lenoir. The checkered flag flies on April 5; the deadline for registration is March 22.

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U.S. News STEM Solutions Annual Conference 2014

U.S. News & World Report has joined forces with the USA Science & Engineering Festival to create STEM Week between April 23-27. The third national conference will focus on targeted outcomes that create an impact to fill jobs now and advance the future of the STEM workforce.

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“North Carolina stands today as a negative lesson for the nation about how to destroy public education and how to dismantle the teaching profession. One of the nation’s shining lights is going out because of unwise decisions of the state’s leaders.”

Diane Ravitch
NYU Professor
EIF - Feb. 11, 2014

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