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Message from
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NCSLA Election Results
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Meet the Board
Cheryl Horton
Mountains to the Sea

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On March 12, elementary schools across North Carolina will be recognized for scheduling an important event in family engagement and computer science education: "Family Code Night." At the March 12 program launch, K-5 parents statewide, including 120,000 PTA members, will be invited to to see if their school is among those hosting this free and important evening program later this spring.

Family Code Night has been recognized with an invitation to the White House, and on the front page of the New York Times. Hosting a Family Code Night is within the capability of nearly any school, no coding experience is required, and all needed materials are provided. It is an ideal next step any school can take to advance K-5 family engagement and computer science learning.

Western NC

Spring STEM West Community Meeting

stemwestRegister now for the 2019 Spring STEM West Community Meeting

All are welcome to: 

  1. Meet with Kevin Baxter of NCSSM-Morganton who will be providing updates on the progress toward the school's opening.
  2. Meet teachers who created and implemented project-based learning (PBL) units with local STEM businesses.
  3. Learn about STEM West happenings.

The meeting will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments on April 2nd, 2019 from 10:00-11:30. 


Traveling Science Fair coming to North Caroling in April


STEM West is excited to bring to you the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Traveling Science Fair as part of the North Carolina Science Festival 2019. Six large trailers will be demonstrating STEM technologies covering advanced materials, clean energy, computational sciences, neutron sciences, and nuclear science & engineering. The lab trailers are engaging for all age groups! Families, youth groups, university students, clubs, scouts, are all welcome. 

The event will take place on the SALT Block/Catawba Science Center on Friday, April 12 & 13, 2019. On Saturday the 13th, local STEM businesses will be providing additional hands-on activities related to their work.  You may want to consider scheduling a visit to the Catawba Science Center and/or the Hickory Museum of Arts on the same day while you are on the SALT Block.

Eastern NC

Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM)

The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) at UNC Wilmington hosted the 2019 PK-12 STEM Education Conference on January 4, 2019. The conference provides opportunities for educators to engage with STEM best practices, recently adopted STEM attributes, STEM school recognition and Roundtable conversations with STEM Professionals.
Conference information can be found here:

CESTEM hosted the 2019 Wilmington Regional SeaPerch competition was held on January 19, 2019 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.  SeaPerch information can be found here:

The CESTEM staff proudly sponsors the Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair with support from the Chancellor's Office at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The 2019 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair was recently held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Science and Engineering Fair information can be found here:

The 2019 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad competition took place on the UNCW campus on Saturday March 2, 2019. CESTEM successfully engaged close to 1,200 middle school and high school students in 46 different academic events running simultaneously across 6 different academic buildings. I’d venture to say we has 3,000 – 3,500 students, parents, coaches, and teachers in Trask Coliseum cheering for an academic competition. Science Olympiad information can be found here:

 #ChangeMakers Event – April 12
UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative is pleased to host a ChangeMakers event for the 2019 NC Science Festival. See the article here.

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