New Opportunities: September 20th, 2021

NC Computer Science Initiatives:

This newsletter includes a multitude of resources such as: Data on CS, Virtual update meetings, LEGO grants for PreK-1, Student Award opportunities, Girls in CS resources, Black History & AR, videos, etc.

Vulcan Materials Partners with STEM West to Offer Classroom Grants!

Vulcan Mini-Grants of $300-$500 will be awarded to classroom teachers to improve Earth and Environmental Education in Burke, Caldwell, and Watauga Counties. All grade levels are eligible. Grants may be used for supplies, student consumables, professional development, online resources, etc. A post grant report MUST be completed by December 1st, 2022 indicating impact on teaching and learning for students.

Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates—primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel—and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. Our coast-to-coast footprint and strategic distribution network align with and serve the nation’s growth centers.  In the STEM West market, Vulcan operates 3 quarries:  Morganton, Lenoir, and Boone.  Our crushed stone products are the literal foundation of these communities.  At Vulcan, we live by the “Vulcan Way” which is “Doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.”  We believe in supporting earth science education in a way that will not only provide knowledge about our earth and the many ways we use natural resources in our everyday lives, but facilitate career interest in our industry.  If you can’t grow it, you have to mine it!

Submission is DUE December 1st, 2021 with grant funds being supplied by January 30th, 2022.

North Carolina Forestry Association

Forest Products Week Essay Contest

Contest for 3rd-12th Graders: Due October 22, 2021:

Forest Products Week Essay Contest | North Carolina Forestry (

Learning Innovation Award

Sponsored by North Carolina Technology in Education Society

Contact:Alicia Ray
North Carolina Technology in Education Society
PO Box 1461
Graham, NC 27253

Description:North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) presents the Learning Innovation Award to recognize and encourage excellence in collaborative and innovative technology-based projects that integrate digital teaching and learning. One award is presented annually to a school team of educators.

Eligible applicants are North Carolina elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Required information includes a project description with goals, standards, and outcomes; administrative support and a letter of recommendation from a school principal; how the project was measured and ideas for future changes; nominees’ resumes; and artifacts (e.g., URLs, presentations). Complete applications must be submitted using the online system. The winning team will be honored at NCTIES Conference in 2022.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):One grant of $1,000 is awarded.
Deadline(s):Nominations are due October 18, 2021.
Focus:General Education, Professional Development, Technology Education/Computer Science
Grade Level(s):PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Digital Literacy

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