Mountains to the Sea

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
2020-21 Webinar Series
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Jackson Award Winner
Darlene Ryan wins OASA
PBL Summer Workshops
 Mountains to the Sea
NSTA Updates
University Teacher
Educator Survey

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ncsoScience Olympiad New Team Institute

Heard of Science Olympiad but don’t know where to start?
Never heard of NCSO, but are ready to start a new and engaging STEM club at your school? This institute is for you!

Who: Middle Schools & High Schools in Ashe, Watauga, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties without a Science Olympiad team (or a brand new one!). 1 teacher or administrator and up to 4 interested students to represent their school.

When: July 27-29, 2021. 9am – 3pm

Where: The North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, Hickory

Why: To help schools without a Science Olympiad team get the supplies and knowledge they need to successfully start a Science Olympiad team and compete in a regional tournament in the Spring of 2022.
*teacher stipend, travel, food and team supplies covered by the grant.*
Learn more and apply April 8 – May 15 through this Google form.
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by June 1.
This Institute is sponsored through a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.


Makerbot Educators Guidebook

The wait is over — the NEW MakerBot Educators Guidebook is now available for free download! NCSLA’s very own Beverly Owens helped develop this book in collaboration with MakerBot.

Get the next installment of MakerBot’s definitive book to 3D printing and see what 3D printing in the classroom can look like today. With over 150 pages, this easy-to-use guide for 3D printing integrates across projects in Robotics, Engineering, Mathematics, Science as well as Art, History and Music.

makerbotWhat’s in the book?

  •  How to start 3D Printing in the Classroom
  • Design Thinking with 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing in a Hybrid Setting
  • Over 50 Curriculum Project Ideas
  • Teachers’ Tricks of the Trade
  • And more!

Download this FREE book here!


ECU Science Education Specialist Certificate

The Science Education Specialist Certificate is an entirely online program designed to develop advanced competencies in K-12 science education in the following areas: pedagogical content knowledge, foundational content knowledge, and effective use of technology. The certificate is intended to sharpen instructional expertise and promote leadership in science educa-
tion. We anticipate approval from DPI to award add-on science licensure at the elementary level upon successful completion of the certificate. The five courses are also a subset of the MAEd in Science Education and may be applied to the degree. Courses are offered via Canvas and are taught in an asynchronous manner.  Learn more!


STEM West Workshop

stemwestUsing Makey Makey for Literacy
July 28, 2021
NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) (1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602)
Join us for a day of exploration and invention using a device called a Makey Makey! With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as a computer keyboard. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use it and experiment with it as they start to learn coding. Capitalize on the maker movement in your classroom to enhance any curriculum. Teachers joining us will be able to check out a classroom set of Makey Makey kits to use in their classrooms! Participants will receive their own Makey Makey kit! This program qualifies for new Digital Learning competencies!
STEM To Your Doorstep
July 29, 2021
NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) (1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602)
STEM To Your Doorstep! The Science House, NCSU, is conducting a STEM To Your Doorstep Professional Development session for K-16 STEM teachers at The Science House’s Northwest Outreach Office located at the NCCET in Hickory, NC! Sign up now to be trained so that you can check out equipment for free from our extensive loan program! This program qualifies for Digital Learning competencies!
Robotics for the STEM classroom!
September 29, 2021
NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) (1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602)
Join us for a Professional Development session and learn how to incorporate robots and coding into your STEM curriculum! Once you complete the 1-day workshop, you are eligible to check out class sets of the robots and other equipment used in the session for FREE! We deliver the equipment to your school and pick it up. All you have to do is reserve it online!
SAFETY SENSE: Science Lab Safety Train-the-Trainer 2021
December 6-7, 2021
Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759)
Join The Science House for our “Science Lab Safety Train-the-Trainer” Professional Development opportunity which will take place on December 6-7, 2021 at our Mountain Satellite Office. Time 9 am – 3 pm. Come prepared to create or improve upon your school science safety program or Chemical Hygiene Plan. Receive free resources and information so that YOU can train other teachers in your school or science department.


Library of Congress Announces Grant Opportunity to Enhance Teaching with Primary Sources

Funds Available for Educational Organizations to Create Curricula and Programming, Conduct Research
The Library of Congress today announced fiscal year 2022 Teaching with Primary Sources grant opportunities. Applications are sought from organizations that aim to incorporate Library of Congress resources into educational programs and materials for learners representing diverse professions and communities.

The application deadline is May 28, 2021. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Teaching with Primary Sources Funding Opportunity 2021” on the Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program webpage.
The grants support the Library’s mission to engage, inspire and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.

Eligible grantees include: institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, professional associations, library systems, cultural institutions; educational organizations such as K-12 schools, after-school programs, literacy organizations, centers, clubs, associations of home-schooling parents, honor societies; and other professional, civic, regional, state and community groups.

Projects that receive funding may focus on diverse content areas (such as STEM, literacy, social studies, public health and journalism) or populations (such as English language learners, pre-service or in-service teachers, incarcerated youth and members of civic organizations). Applicants can propose using the Library’s online collections in one or more of the following approaches:

  • Deliver educational programming to various categories of learners.
  • Create and distribute primary source-based educational materials or tools for teaching specific content.
  • Convene meetings of similar organizations to devise strategies for furthering common learning and teaching goals with Library of Congress materials.
  • Conduct research with significant practitioner involvement that investigates the impact of incorporating Library of Congress resources into educational initiatives.

Grant amounts will range from $35,000 to $100,000 for a 12-month period, with the possibility of up to two years of additional funding subject to the availability of funds and the grantee’s satisfactory performance under the current award. The grant period for initial awards is Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022.
Public Contact: Vivian Awumey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: Grant Opportunity for Teaching with Primary Sources