New Opportunities: January 11, 2021 (Grants, Resources, Etc.)

Apply now for 2021 SSEP grant awards

Applications for the 2021 Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards are now open through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Electronic applications will be accepted no later than 4 p.m. EDT on April 15, 2021.


Bob Thompson Excellence in Energy Award

The award includes:
$1,000 cash grant to the teacher to use as he/she/they choose in the classroom
All-expenses paid trip to both NEED’s Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards in June (Washington, D.C.) and the National Energy Conference for Educators in July (Albuquerque, NM).


Candidates must be: 
1. Currently teaching (and will in the next school year) science in a K-12 classroom (public, private, charter).

2. Engaged in the teaching of energy in the classroom and/or local community.

3. Dedicated to the idea that a kids teaching kids approach to education is valuable and showcase this dedication in the classroom.

4. An energy nerd – believing that energy is fun, cool, and a unifying theme in science.

5. Fun and possess an inquisitive mind, playful spirit, and desire for life-long learning!

Do you match these requirements? Apply today!
Or perhaps you know someone or have a colleague who does, nominate them!

Deadline to submit your nomination/application is by February 1, 2021

SciMatch goes virtual!

Thanks to the support of the Biogen Foundation, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a new-and-improved virtual edition of our wildly popular SciMatch program. In April 2021, 100 North Carolina Scientists from all walks of life will share their love of what they do with 100 middle schools across the state!
If you’re a middle school teacher interested in having a scientist visit with your students this April, visit for more details and to register.

If you’re a STEM professional interested in developing your scicomm skills and sharing your passion for STEM, go here for more details and to sign up.

The deadline to get involved is Sunday, January 31. Sign up now!

The Science House (Northwest Office) Presents: Using Makey Makey to Target Invention Literacy

Grade Level(s): k-16

Date(s): January 28, 2021

Location: NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602

Cost: $85/person (with take-home Makey Makey kit)

Description: 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! Learn to use the Makey Makey to enhance any curriculum! Teachers joining us will be able to check out Makey Makey kits to use in their classrooms. Gina Barrier of The Science House will be conducting this workshop in Hickory, NC from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration fee is $85. Participants who register before 1/7/2021 will receive their own Makey Makey. Limited to 25 participants. This program qualifies for Digital Learning competencies! 


Application Deadline: January 27, 2021

The Science House (Northwest Office) Presents: STEM To Your Doorstep

Grade Level(s): K-16

Date(s): February 24, 2021

Location: NC Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602

Cost: $65/participant

Description:The Science House, NCSU, is conducting a STEM To Your Doorstep Professional Development session for K-16 STEM teachers at the Northwest Outreach Office!Do you need free equipment, technology and support for your science, math, and CTE courses? The Northwest Outreach Office of The Science House, NC State University, offers a free equipment loan program for STEM teachers! We have laptops, iPads, GPS units, TI graphing calculators, digital microscopes, and Vernier probeware such as temperature sensors, motion detectors, force sensors, water quality kits, weather kits, physiology kits and so much more! We also have Vernier’s wireless sensors! All you need to participate in the loan program is a little training on how to use the equipment! This program qualifies for new Digital Learning competencies!


Application Deadline: February 20, 2021

Deadline for K-12 STEM Competition Registration
It’s not too late to win prizes and new technology for your K-12 classroom through the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition! The deadline to register your student teams is February 8.
Download our free lesson plans for teachers and register online today!The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision TeamKeep up with the latest Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision news through Facebook and Twitter.

Online NCCET Courses at No Cost!

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