New Opportunities: June 1st, 2021

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2021 North Carolina high school
graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in
the Fall 2021 semester. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant –
not a loan – to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit.
Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year,
for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award.
The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.
Eligibility Requirements
• Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
• Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
• Be a first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle
College High School students are eligible]
• Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
• Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22.
• Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000
(“EFC” is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination)
• Renew the FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic years and meet the
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college


Click “Apply for College” to apply to a community college.
To get your EFC and determine your financial aid eligibility,
submit your FASFA at Work with
your community college to determine your eligibility.

See YouTube Video for more information!

Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC (GET OUTdoors in NC)

This is a free year-long teacher fellowship designed to engage middle and high school teachers of STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) subjects in hands-on, inquiry-based activities to support student learning about earth and environmental sciences. Our goal is to help teachers spark diverse students’ interest in geoscience career pathways by incorporating authentic, real-world and field-based experiences in their teaching.

Teachers will gain first-hand experience outdoors as they investigate climate impacts on eastern NC ecosystems and communities; explore new technologies and engineering practices used to develop solutions to these challenges, interact with geoscience researchers, industry professionals and environmental educators; and discover new ways to incorporate current science content into their classrooms.  All activities are designed to boost teacher knowledge of and confidence in using inquiry and place-based approaches to support student learning of earth/environmental science concepts. Participating teachers will be encouraged to develop a geo-STEM lesson plan that incorporates outdoor instruction and pilot it with high school youth during the 2021-22 academic year. 

Each GET Outdoors in NC teacher will be expected to participate in the following activities that will take place during this professional development program:

  • Summer Institute | June 14-16, 2021 | NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Contentnea Creek, Goose Creek State Park. Meals and lodging provided. 
  • Weekend Retreats | Participants are required to attend at least one weekend science immersion experience, and are welcome to attend both. Meals and lodging provided. 
  • Fall Weekend: September 25-26, 2021 | Outer Banks Field Site, Coastal Studies Institute, Manteo, NC
  • Spring Weekend: March 26-27, 2022 | Morehead City Field Site, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC
  • Online Professional Learning Community. At least 3 virtual meetings per year to support classroom application of program resources and materials and offer peer support in incorporating program experiences into instruction.
  • Celebration of Geo-STEM Learning | Spring 2022, date TBD

In return, GET Outdoors in NC teachers will receive:

  • Authentic experiential learning opportunities designed to enrich knowledge of eastern North Carolina’s ecosystems, geography, and environmental history and enhance skills in using the outdoors for instruction.
  • Exposure to current geoscience issues and careers through interaction with research scientists, industry professionals and nonformal environmental educators.
  • Access to a peer learning network and current science content related to climate impacts and solutions.
  • Resources to support classroom integration of content and hands-on STEM investigations.
  • A stipend of up to $325 awarded on completion of key program components.
  • Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits and credit in the N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program offered through the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs.

Health and Safety Precautions:

All in-person program components will follow current Universitystate and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including 

  • Social distancing
  • Requiring properly worn face coverings when social distancing is not possible
  • Smaller class sizes 
  • Leading activities outdoors as much as possible
  • Increasing sanitation efforts
  • If indoors, leaving doors and windows open to increase air exchange

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change, rescheduling or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. 

This program is offered by the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science in partnership with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences-Greenville and NCMNS-Contentnea CreekNorth Carolina State Parks, and Martin County Schools.


Sarah Yelton, MS, CEE

Environmental Education & Citizen Science Program Manager

Center for Public Engagement with Science

UNC Institute for the Environment

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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The Science House/NCSU: Summer Opportunity for Teachers & Students

  • 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!). A team of up to 2 teachers/administrators to represent each school. Only 10 schools will be selected to participate.

What: Science Olympiad New Team Institute

When: July 27-29, 2021.  9am – 3pm

Where: The North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies, Hickory, NC

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 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.

A printable flyer can be found at


adds more training dates:

The NC STEM Ecosystem, a statewide collaborative of STEM organizations, submitted a proposal to The Franklin Institute in 2020 to coordinate Leap into Science training for early childhood educators across North Carolina. Our goal is to connect with formal and informal educators that understand the power of using children’s literature linked to inquiry-based activities to introduce STEM concepts. The NC Leap into Science program is just beginning our efforts to build regional groups of workshop presenters. We will be hosting virtual trainings of workshop presenters using the Leap into Science Light & Shadow curriculum in the coming months. Educators who are trained will become part of a statewide network of workshop providers and have access to kit materials and expanded curriculum offerings. The training and materials are offered at no cost to interested educators.

Registration found on NC LEAP into Science Website!

North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR): Promoting public understanding of and support for bioscience research.

Virtual Rx for Science Literacy Workshop just added for June 2021

NCABR is excited to announce a new workshop for the 2020-2021 Rx for Science Literacy series. Because a limited number of seats is available, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Registration is completely free.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology
Through the Study of Addiction
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Wake Forest School of Medicine
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the Wake Forest School of Medicine to present The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction, a one-day workshop on Tuesday, June 29, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

NOTE: This workshop is virtual and seating is limited. All participants will be mailed a copy of “The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction” curriculum manual after attending the complete workshop on June 29. This virtual workshop will be offered live and will not be available as a recording after the program is over. To receive continuing education credits for the program and to receive a copy of the curriculum manual after the workshop, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to submit an online program evaluation.

About the Workshop: This workshop will feature an overview of NIH’s The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study Addiction, plus updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of biomedical research. 

Register Now →


ACRES Cohort Registration: Coaching for Afterschool Educators in STEM

Welcome to the ACRES (Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM) project, an innovative, video-based coaching curriculum in STEM for afterschool providers. ACRES is a free, professional development program of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), designed especially for rural educators. Your participation is helping to design an engaging and powerful skill-based curriculum.

Thank you for being part of the pilot phase of this work! Once you submit this form keep the window open as you will be asked to complete a W-9 form for stipends. Please contact us at if you have questions or would like more information.

LEGO Grants!!

Did you see the season reveal yesterday?  In case you missed it, check out these two videos:  FIRST FORWARD Season Reveal and CARGO CONNECT Teaser

We still have grants available to cover your Class Packs for next year!  Be sure to apply soon!  We encourage you to expand the number of students participating in Discover and forward this opportunity to your teacher and administrator colleagues too.  LEGO Foundation Grant Application

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