STEM West: New Opportunities January 20, 2022

For Those Interested

in STEM Education! 


Modeling Biology and Chemistry Workshops in Western North Carolina

Are you a High School Biology or Chemistry teacher who is interested in teaching with a more effective inquiry approach to science instruction? Come learn about Modeling Instruction – an approach to teaching where emphasis is placed on the use of conceptual models to teach content and developing skills in fostering scientific discourse. 

With the support of an NSF research grant, The Science House will be offering summer professional development in Modeling Biology and Modeling Chemistry during the summers of 2022 and 2023. Teachers will take part in intensive summer institutes and receive follow up support during the subsequent academic years. Stipends will be offered for teachers’ participation in the professional development and research activities. These courses will be offered in western North Carolina over the next two years. Participants are responsible for their own travel. Grant partner districts have priority for selection, though all interested teachers are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about this opportunity, sign-up for our online Modeling Q&A session scheduled with
Zoom on Thursday, February 3rd, from 7-8 PM.

Register today at

The History of Mathematics Project:
A virtual interactive exhibit being developed for the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City

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The Science House at North Carolina State University

Want to explore exciting careers in agriculture? Apply for AgDiscovery 2022! This two-week summer residential program targets students 15 – 17 years of age.
Students will explore a research topic through hands-on laboratory experiences, workshops, and field trips. Students will also participate in character and team-building activities and diversity workshops.

Apply today at!

Girls Who Code Summer Programs

Our summer programs application is live and open to current high school students who identify as girls or non-binary — including past summer program participants! 

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This year, we offer free virtual programs from June 17 — August 12. 

Students who apply by February 16 get early-decision priority consideration. Regular-decision applications are due by March 18.

Why should students apply to Girls Who Code’s summer programs?

Free & Flexible Programs to Meet Students’ Needs

Use one application to apply to the best program for you — the Summer Immersion Program, Self-Paced Program, or both.

The Chance to Make an Impact with Code

Address the issues that matter most, and learn how to make a difference using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or Python.

Sisterhood & Community for Lifelong Success

Make friends, meet inspiring role models, and get access to exclusive alumni benefits and career support for life.


North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR): The benefits of bioscience. The future of North Carolina.

Applications are being accepted for the virtual summer NIEHS STaRS Experience

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2022 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2022 is a virtual one-week professional development (PD) program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The goals of the PD are:

  • To enhance participants’ understanding of basic research in the environmental/biomedical sciences; and
  • To enable participants to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications and to better support their students, including those from underserved populations.

The 2022 virtual STaRS Experience will be held online by NIEHS and will be a one-week program. The program will run from Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. STaRS participants are expected to attend the full one-week program. The program will contain many interactive lessons and activities with special topics relating to COVID-19. STaRS participants will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover their time spent during the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a middle school, high school or community college (Out-of-state educators are encouraged to apply); and
  • Applicants must be available and fully engaged for the full one-week program (July 11-15)

Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Apply Now →

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022.

How Science and Engineering Intersect

Do your students understand the striking similarities and subtle differences in the work of scientists and engineers? Simply put, scientists explain phenomena; engineers solve problems. When students engage in the science and engineering practices (SEPs) of hands-on, three-dimensional science learning, they discover how to explore the real world as scientists and engineers do. Smithsonian Science programs support educators and students by integrating—and identifying—SEPs in every lesson and investigation. Start building understanding today with our student-friendly infographic that provides a visual comparison of SEPs.

Get the Grades K–5 Infographic

Get the Grades 6–8 Infographic

Smithsonian Science Newsletter

                              NCSTA Virtual PDI

                                         Launch your science program into a higher orbit

The 2021-2022 NCSTA Professional Development Institute has transitioned from a face-to-face conference to a virtual conference. It will be held on February 15, 16, 17 and 19. Our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions will begin at 4:30 and we are planning on 3 back-to-back session times each day. A choice of 4 sessions are available during each time period. Saturday’s sessions will start at 9:00 am and continue until 12:30 pm..

Saturday Keynote Speaker – NASA Engineer Samuel James

My STEM Journey: Elizabeth City to NASA

Up to Date Schedule Information

Prize Give-away


Weekly Updates for New Learning Opportunities for Educators & Youth

Check out the new website with a few new features:

  1. Initiatives linked with articles
  2. Weekly posts for students and teacher STEM learning opportunities
  3. New Resource Links: Virtual Field trips/STEM Career videos and resources
  4. Donations can now be made online

About STEM West

STEM West ( is a STEM education non-profit located in Hickory, NC that serves 6 counties and 8 LEAs across the Western North Carolina Region. STEM West’s mission is to advocate and support the alignment of educational and occupational objectives through the regional workforce and community partnerships. STEM West’s passion for its students, workforce, and community helps it promote equitable STEM access for ALL.




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