New Opportunities: December 18th, 2020–Last post before the holidays!

Holiday Greetings!

This post is being published the Friday before many get out for the Christmas break. I am wishing a blessed, restful break for each of you. Your efforts and long hours are not going unnoticed! Keep up the good fight and finish the race well, as you always do, under the everchanging landscape of education. You continue to be my heroes!!

~Student Opportunity~

Register today for our BEAUTY IS ONLY STEM DEEP Workshop and receive a 10% discount with our coupon code: GLOSS
Beauty is based on science and women who practice science make a beautiful contribution to the world.

In our three day workshop, girls will experience lots of glitter, glam and fun mixed with a dose of science and tech. The girls measure ingredients, convert measurements from ounces to grams, identify elements on a periodic table and problem solve as they mix up batches of soap, sugar lip scrub and glossy lip glitter. During our three days together we will explore how to create, understand, and apply the process of making a beauty product and then incorporate the technology to make it magic!

DATE: Dec 28th to 30th
LOCATION: Experience Anatomy

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Dottie Rose Foundation, 5220 BUCKINGHAM DR., Charlotte, NC 28209, United States


I hope this email finds you healthy and doing well!  Before you head out on your well deserved holiday break, I wanted to send you information regarding two programs for your middle school students.

First, for your 6th, 7th and 8th grade families we are hosting a virtual Middle School Open House program on February 6, 2020.  This program will allow families to gain more information about the NCSSM Residential, Online and Summer programs.

Second, NCSSM hosts the Step Up to STEM program for rising 9th grade students who are African-American, Native American Hispanic/Latinx students to introduce them to STEM programs. This is a FREE program for students in those populations.   The students get one free week here in the summer of 2021 and the summer of 2022.

Please share the Open House flyer with all of your 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and parents and please share the Step Up ‘Flyer with all 8th grade parents. 

Thank you for all that you do.  I know this has been a very difficult year, especially for everyone in education.  I hope you enjoy your WELL DESERVED Holiday Break!  

Best wishes,


Rob Andrews
Associate Director of Admissions


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2021 NC Science Festival Updates:

  • We’re happy to announce that the 2021 NCSciFest theme will be Homegrown Science. We’re excited to celebrate science and scientists that have roots in North Carolina, as well as celebrating STEM that can happen from home! As always, this theme isn’t mandatory, but for those of you looking for an interesting spark to guide your events, consider connecting with “Homegrown Science” in a way that works for you.
  • It’s time to start submitting your events to be part of the 2021 NCSciFest! We’ve made a few small updates to the submission form so we can best highlight both in-person and virtual events, but overall the process is pretty similar to previous years. Here’s the timeline for this year:
    • Jan 13 – deadline to submit your events and guarantee you’ll receive an event host kit with promotional materials.
    • Jan 30 – deadline to edit your event details. After this date, we’ll lock the events so our team can do a final review of all descriptions, hyperlinks, dates/times, etc.
    • Feb 14 – the 2021 NCSciFest calendar launches and our promotion and marketing campaigns reach full speed
    • April 1-30 – 2021 NCSciFest!
    • May 7 – deadline to submit your attendance numbers and respond to our event host survey
  • Promoting year-round events: As many of you know, we help our friends over at the NC STEM Center manage a statewide calendar of year-round opportunities, so we’d like to encourage you to post your holiday and spring opportunities (in-person or online) through that portal so we can help spread the word.
  • If you applied for a minigrant or to be a Star Party host, our review committees are meeting to discuss the proposals and will be in touch this week for Event Sponsorship applications and next week for Star Party applications.

GSK Science in the Summer™ National Network2021-2022 Call for Applications

GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free, informal science summer program for children entering grades 2-6. The program is designed to inspire students to become the next generation of scientists and engineers, through hands-on explorations based in real science careers, which may be implemented through in-person or virtual program models. The program seeks to serve children from traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM, including people of color, low socioeconomic status populations, rural communities, and girls. Sponsored by GSK, offered in partnership with The Franklin Institute, and supported by NGCP, the goal of this program is to increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers.
Girl with microscope and Franklin Institute logo
Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for participation in the GSK Science in the Summer™ program, including informal science education organizations such as science museums, science centers, children’s museums, and universities that demonstrate: 

A strong commitment to serving underrepresented audiences in STEM education programming.
A strong history of outreach programming and/or community partnerships.
A strong commitment and capacity to meet the program goals and expectations as outlined in the application.

Accepted applicants must commit to two years of programming in 2021 and 2022 and will receive the following benefits, including but not limited to:
Stipend to support program implementation and purchasing of program materials.
High-quality curriculum, activity guides, and training resources.
Professional development for participating staff through a series of training webinars.
Increased capacity to provide science programming to underserved audiences.
Access to a national network of organizations who are dedicated to providing equitable STEM experiences in the community.
Ongoing technical support from national program team to deliver GSK Science in the Summer™.

Application deadline is January 12, 2021, 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern For additional information and to watch a recording of the application webinar, visit the GSK Science in the Summer™ application webpage.  Contact with questions about this opportunity.

Paid Professional Learning Opportunity: Equitable Remote Learning in Middle School Science (Virtual)

Are you a middle school science teacher teaching remotely who is committed to equity and justice? If so, please join CU Boulder and the ACESSE project for this paid virtual professional learning opportunity focused on creating more equitable science learning experiences in the time of the pandemic. Application due December 31, 2020, and is estimated to take ten minutes to complete.

($425 compensation for participation in program)

PAEMST Application Webinar

Are you a 7 – 12th grade teacher of Science,Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM, including Computer Science), interested in becoming a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching? This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the application, feature tips from alumni, and answer your questions. Date: January 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET 

Local Youth Celebrated for Invention!~

Attention K-3 & Math3/4 Educators!

NCDPI’s Division of Digital Teaching and Learning in partnership with the K-12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division would like to recognize the tremendous work that North Carolina educators have done to create and remix resources, especially during this time of remote and hybrid learning. NCDPI’s platform, #GoOpenNC, is a place for educators to find, share and create resources that are openly licensed. Over 31,000 educators have engaged with our Open Educational Resources (OER) as they have evaluated, remixed and created over 4800 resources.

#GoOpenNC is excited to make content-aligned resources a priority in 2021, with a focus on content areas where teachers may be especially seeking aligned resources. Our Content Focus Cohorts will recruit educators to engage in a synchronous kick-off that includes discussion of OER, the #GoOpenNC platform and the NCDPI/Friday Institute Quality Review Rubric. Educators will have work time to upload 5-10 resources and then work time to peer review 5-10 resources using a provided rubric. At the end of the cohort, collections will be made to feature the collaboration of these content-area educators and how they use and create resources. Educators can earn up to 1.2 CEUs for participating. 

Registration is now live for our first cohort for grades K-3 Science and Math 3 and 4 educators! Participants will be required to attend two webinars that will be on Tuesday, January 26th and Wednesday, February 10th from 4-5pm with embedded work time to complete the experience by Monday, March 1st.

 If you have questions about this opportunity, please email 

STEM for ALL: Video Playlists!

Find and share curated video playlists. Currently available playlists address: AISL Projects (Advancing Informal STEM Learning)Identity and STEM LearningData Across the CurriculaInnovative projects at MSIs and HBCUsIntegrating CS and Computational Thinking in PreK-8, Science in the Elementary Grades, Broadening Participation in STEMMaker Spaces, and Citizen Science

At-Home Learning:

UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access.

Each weekday, one block of programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel will serve students sixth through twelfth grade, from 12 PM-5 PM (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).

These educational program block is available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online here.

NC Wildlife Resource Commission: Loaner Boxes!

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

This announcement is being sent on behalf of Tanya Poole.  If you have any questions please contact Tanya at email:

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is happy to offer loaner boxes for educators within the state of North Carolina. These loaner boxes will allow you to bring a little bit of the wild into your teaching space with no associated cost for teachers. Please see loaner box options below:

Magnificent Mammals – Grades 4-8

Materials included:
3 carnivore, 3 herbivore, & 3 omnivore skulls
Laminated lesson plan
Laminated skull diagrams
Laminated species profiles for skulls included
Return shipping label
All materials for lesson plan included in loaner box

Dove Decoy – Middle & High School Sciences

Materials included:
28 dove decoys
Return shipping label
Most materials for lesson plan included in loaner box

If you wish to request a loaner box, or would just like more information please email with your requests.  

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