Mountains to the Sea

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Message from
the President
Welcome New
Executive Director
Fall 2019
Leadership Summit
Spotlight on
Informal Science
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Fellows Alumni News
PBLs at the
Spring Summit
Mountains to the Sea

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2019 Summer Institute NCDPI K-12 Science: Using the NRC’s Framework to Improve the Development of Local Curriculum

During this two-day session, participants will support the improvement of local science curriculum by focusing on the three dimensions outlined in the National Research Council (NRC) publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Teachers will work collaboratively to review, adapt and improve existing science resources by incorporating the Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. State and national science resources will be shared.

Who is eligible?
K-12 Science Teachers
Science leaders working with grades K-12 who intend to use the workshop content with others in a professional development setting

Cost: FREE! CEUs provided!
Participants are responsible for transportation expenses, meals and lodging, if required. Each participant will also need to bring a laptop with wireless capabilities and access to local curriculum materials (lesson plans for a unit of study).

How do I register?
Registration links are provided below for each session. Space is limited to 50 participants per session. Registration will be completed on a first come first served basis.

July 30-31: Sandhills District @ Public Schools of Robeson County
August 6-7: Western District @ Appalachian State University
August 7-8:  Northeast District @ Bertie County Schools Central Office

Please direct questions to Marilyn Johns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

401 1507570144.jpg2019 Inspiring Innovation in Student Research Workshops

  • Want to learn how to inspire your students to conduct independent research?
  • Interested in learning how to assist students in topic selection, time management, and presentation of science and engineering research projects?
  • Planning your school’s science and engineering research competition?
  • New to the process or looking for a more organized approach?

Teachers of grades 3-12 are invited to REGISTER to attend a NC Science & Engineering Fair Workshop for the 2019-2020 Academic Year


  • June 24, 2019 at Applachian State University in Boone
  • June 27, 2019 at UNC-Charlotte
  • August 5, 2019 at Meredith College in Raleigh
  • August 6, 2019 at Triad Math & Science Academy in Greensboro
  • August 7, 2019 at UNC-Wilmington

The following topics will be discussed during the workshop:

How to foster and guide scientific and engineering research in the classroom.
How to initiate, manage, and evaluate student science and engineering research projects.
You will be guided through the steps in planning a school or district science & engineering fair.

All materials supplied; 0.6 – 1.0 CEUs possible for completion of the workshop.
Registration is $15 but all attendees receive a $65 stipend for participation
For questions contact: Manley Midgett, Outreach Coordinator (phone: 919-218-7917 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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Western NC

STEM West: Asset Map--NOW LIVE!

Over the last year, data has been collected from the STEM West service area related to STEM programs and activities to make the STEM West Asset Map. Using the filter icon at the bottom of its page, programs can be located by type and location. A click on each icon provides additional information such as contact person, address, ages served, etc. Thanks to the AmeriCorp Vista, Carvan Rich and GIS Analyst Tom Bell from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments for their efforts. The data analyzed from this map will be used to plan future STEM programming efforts.

STEM Trek 2019!

stemwestThe second annual STEM Trek at the Hickory SALT Block hosted the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) this year among other local STEM-related businesses as a signature NC Science Festival Event. Even though the rain came down hard on Friday, 2,500 students still enjoyed experiencing the ORNL trailers, talking with the 40+ engineers and scientists. An additional 1000 students were hoping to attend but due to lack of sufficient transportation, several schools had to cancel. This event was one of only 2 NC sites selected for this traveling science fair. A local student attendee stated, "It was so fun to operate a robotic arm that moved just like my hand!" One teacher shared, "The scientists were amazing! They did such a wonderful job of explaining their jobs and equipment to our students. My students were highly engaged in each of the trailers we were able to visit."

Hickory Daily Record stated:
"The themes of the trailers included: Become a Neutron, Extreme Science, Get into Green, Tiny Atoms...Big Science, What's Your Problem? and Supporting Research. Although there was a slight chance of rain on Saturday, some folks braved the forecast and walked through each trailer and visited with local organizations and businesses."

Saturday ended up being clear for most of the day, and the other 500 people in attendance enjoyed the interactive activities from local STEM companies. With the support of Klingspor, Catawba Science Center, ORNL, and STEM West the STEM Trek was a great success. Many thanks go out to all the volunteers! Plans are already in the works to host another event, possibly indoors!