New Opportunities: September 7th, 2021

Attention all High School Environmental Science Teachers:

This message is being sent on behalf of Lauren Gibson, PhD Student at NC State University.
 For more information email

Attention all High School Environmental Science Teachers: Duke University Marine Laboratory (DUML) and NC State would like to invite you to a water quality teacher professional development workshop from Friday, September 24, at 4pm, to Saturday, September 25, at 4pm, in beautiful coastal Beaufort, NC. We will spend our time together learning about how humans impact water quality, doing hands-on water quality sampling, and learning how to implement a DUML water quality curriculum in the classroom. Teachers will receive a $150 stipend to help cover lodging and transportation, and all meals will be provided. Participating teachers will also receive a full water quality curriculum toolkit, curriculum implementation support during the school year, and access to a water quality citizen science tool to use in your classroom. There will also be an opportunity to join a NC State University research study on the power of high school students to influence their community’s environmental choices. We will be following all Duke University guidelines around COVID-19 safety. This means that we will require all attendees to show proof of full vaccination in order to participate in our retreat, and masks will need to be worn in all indoor settings while on DUML campus.  
To sign up to join us, please fill out this registration form
Spaces are very limited, so sign up soon if you are interested, and please note that filling out the survey does not guarantee you a spot in the workshop. 
Please reach out to if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in Beaufort!

K-12 Science Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours
The K-12 Science Section is pleased to offer upcoming office hours from 3:30-4:30 PM. Each session will focus on a particular topic and target a specific audience. Join us on September 15, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 as we share current updates within the K-12 Science Section.  The audience is intended for district leaders and classroom teachers.  You can register at our Science Google Site’s Professional Development page.  You can also register here

The K-6 Cycle for the Presidential Awards is now open!


Nominations and applications are now open for the 2021-22 cycle of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for K-6 teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

The entire application cycle has been moved forward a few months, with nominations closing on Friday, January 7 and applications due to be completed by Sunday, February 6.  Visit to nominate a great K-6 teacher!

Did you know that a person does not have to be nominated to complete a Presidential Award application?  Each year, several our state’s finalists, and eventual awardees, began their application without a nomination. Any eligible K-6 teacher of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or computer science can complete an application. To start an application, visit

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the North Carolina Presidential Awards Program, please contact the State Coordinator for PAESMT, Joseph Reaper, at

Resource: Short video of pressure change with water depth….

Science Videos on Twitter: “Pressure change during diving” / Twitter

NCCAT Free Professional Development Programs 


The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching ( (NCCAT) provides free professional development to NC educators in residential, online, virtual, school, and regional settings.

October 4- 7 Using the Outside as Your Main STEM Tool – Cullowhee

Take the indoor classroom outside and bring STEM to life. Discover how to integrate STEM into social studies, ELA, and science curriculum. Design lessons using STEM tools and curriculum that fits your grade level and content area.


October 11-14 Create Your Own NCVR Adventure – Cullowhee

Join us to collect digital artifacts of the beautiful places in our state and learn how to create virtual reality projects that foster engagement, critical thinking and creativity, and engender something unique to virtual reality; empathy and a connection to the beauty and history of our state.


October 18-21 Light Your Future: Differentiated Instruction in a Digital Environment – Cullowhee

In this session, we will discover ways to differentiate in a digital environment. Strategies, scenarios, tips, tricks, and practices will be shared to increase student engagement.


October 18-20 NC STEM Schools of Distinction Rubric: Tool for School Improvement – Cullowhee

Is your school interested in using the NC STEM Schools of Distinction Rubric for school improvement or to receive the STEM School of Distinction designation? During this two-day planning institute schools will review the overarching principles of the Rubric, consider what each principle means in the context of their individual school, assess the school’s readiness, draft a strategic plan and develop next steps for school improvement or to apply for the NC STEM Schools of Distinction.


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