Mountains to the Sea

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Spotlight on
Informal Science
Nominate a Leader
PBL Workshops
Meet the Board
The Whole Child
Mountains to the Sea

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Solar+ Schools Grant Applications

NC GreenPower in collaboration with the SECU Foundation recently announced year six of their Solar+ Schools grant program. Any North Carolina K-12 school may apply for a grant of up to $14,000 toward installation costs. In addition, awardees receive nearly $12,000 in related benefits, such as donated SunPower solar modules, a STEM curriculum and teacher training. Submissions are due no later than Feb. 28.

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Diversity in STEM Symposium

NC State University College of Sciences will host its second Diversity in STEM Symposium: Creating Inclusive Spaces. The free event on Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature sessions on topics related to diversity in STEM, a keynote talk, and a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students to highlight their work. Learn more .

Nominate an Impactful K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics Teacher

The PAEMST program is pleased to announce that the 2019–2020 nomination and application cycle for K–6th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers is currently open. Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a $10,000 award from NSF; and join a prestigious cadre of more than 5,000 teacher alumni from across the nation.

Please consider nominating a talented teacher using the PAEMST website today. If you are interested in applying yourself, you can begin an application at The 2019–2020 nomination deadline is March 1, 2020, and the application deadline is May 1, 2020. Should you have any questions about the program or the nomination process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 855-723-6780 or contact the North Carolina PAEMST Coordinator, Joseph Reaper, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Youth Science Camp – Applications are now open!

Applications are now being accepted from high school seniors in the Class of 2020 to represent North Carolina at the 2020 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). Two students from each state, Washington, D.C, and 8 countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program which is held from June 22 through July 15, 2020.

The NYSCamp is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program hosted in the eastern mountains of West Virginia. Students will have an opportunity to conduct research at the nearby Green Bank Observatory and to explore the surrounding Monongahela National Forest through backpacking, mountain biking, caving, rock-climbing, and kayaking. For more information about the program, please see Applications must be submitted online at by 6 PM EST on February 28, 2020.

Western NC

STEM West: Best Practices Today and Tomorrow Community Forum


January 30th, 2020 @ The FOUNDATION:
Isothermal Community College

Registration now open with limited seating!

All community members are invited to learn about STEM programs across western NC at an Expo in the morning and then will become thought partners in the afternoon to devise three areas of focus and expansion for the coming year. We need your voice to advance STEM Education in western NC.

STEM West serves: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford countines.