STEM West: New Opportunities February 22, 2022




For Those Interested

in STEM Education! 



NASA Connections Workshop:


Open to STEM West LEA Partners!

Sign up for a half day workshop to learn how to connect NASA to middle school science. Limited to 15 teachers per workshop (Alexander, Burke & NC School for the Deaf, Caldwell, Catawba & Newton-Conover City Schools, McDowell, and Polk). $100 stipend for participation.

Tues. 6/28 – 6th grade teachers


Wed. 6/29 – 7th grade teachers

Thurs. 6/30 – 8th grade teachers

Sign Up HERE!

Questions can be addressed to [email protected].

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Highlighting another STEM West Partner:

Check out the work Dr. Jones is doing with Discovery Education and Toyota 


Operation Smart City

Here is an activity you can do with your students to:

  • Apply the scientific principles of energy transfer.
  • Implement design concepts to draft a smart city.
  • Explore how technology powers sustainable solutions to the challenges of modern life and expands mobility for all.
  • Name two concepts of a smart city and how mobility for all will be improved.
  • Tech Objective Extension: Students will use the software platform SketchUp to create their mock-up of a smart city

Click here for activity

then open “Student Activation PDF”

Discovery Ed-Toyota-thedot.



General relativity explained in under

three minutes: Video!







NEH Summer Institute for K-12 Educators

From Chaco to Mesa Verde: Ancestral Pueblo Migrations and Identity Formation in the American Southwest

Join the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for an extraordinary two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for (K-12) school teachers. July 17-30th, 2022


This workshop will emphasize experiential learning that supports academic inquiry, critical analysis, and reflection. The NEH participants will be asked to work as individuals or in groups on projects that are relevant and meaningful to them and that apply their understanding of the past and their current understanding of Pueblo history and culture to their particular educational setting. These projects will be aligned to national and/or state curriculum standards and may be formal lesson plans or projects that provide content for the classroom, including videos, interactive games, or oral histories. The projects will be uploaded to Crow Canyon’s learning platform.

The application deadline for this Institute is March 1, 2022.

$2200 Stipend available to cover expenses!!


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.



Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program: US Teachers

Program Description

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms participants complete a rigorous, semester-long online course focused on best practices in global education; gather for an in-person professional development workshop in Washington, D.C.; and travel abroad for two to three weeks to immerse themselves in another country’s culture and education system. Participants create a global education guide that serves as a resource in their local community to share the skills, experiences, and resources they have developed throughout the program.

Learn more about what Fulbright TGC participants do

How to apply

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is open to full-time elementary, middle, and high school educators who are employed at a public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter school in the United States, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity at the elementary, middle, or high school level (K–12).

Ready to apply?







NC Extension Offices


Find yours here!

Have you partnered with your local NC Extension Office? I was reminded about many of their resources today as I dropped off some materials for a LEGOs program today! Above is a calendar that highlights a new agriculture career each month and FREE soil boxes. Students can gather soil samples from school or home and have the soil analyzed, only costing postage. When in the 6th grade classroom, I had every student bring in soil samples from home, using the directions provided, as a homework grade! Several weeks later, individual students would rush into my room to show me the soil analysis and suggestions to improve soil quality they received in the mail! This is making content relevant!





The Connectory
Workshop Report
Special Message from John Rocco, author of Blackout
“When I was a young boy, I knew my father was a bit different from other kids fathers. My father is a scientist, and to make extra money he brought a lot of his work home with him. That meant having a laboratory in the basement, and a stand-up freezer in the garage filled to the brim with mice brains, blood and other bodily fluids that I didn’t dare to touch. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by science from an early age, and to this day it still holds my interest. In fact, before I went to art school, I started off studying engineering. As a creator of children’s books, I have become very aware of how early experiences can have a tremendous impact on who we become and what we focus on in our future. I also know that books for young readers do not have to end with the last page. They have the potential to be launch pads for curiosity and exploration. I was thrilled to hear that my book Blackout was being used in this way, and I commend all of you for using books to launch inspiration and creativity. This is the important work. Thank you for taking the Leap!”


– John Rocco
February 9, 2022

Welcome to National Leap into Science Week!
We’re thrilled to be observing the fourth annual National Leap into Science Week!


Because of your hard work the Leap into Science National Network has grown to 20 states and we can now officially report that:

  • Over 2300 educators have been trained to lead Leap into Science workshops
  • More than 2000 Leap into Science workshops have been held for over 32,000 children and families

Please review the below resources to help you plan and promote events during National Leap into Science Week. We are excited to celebrate science and literacy with you this week!

Promote Your National Leap into Science Week Event
“We are grateful for programs that help my children to have enriched experience, promote curiosity, and sense of discovery.”


– 2021 Leap Week Participant

We hope that you have some fun and educational programming scheduled this week!


During National Leap into Science Week, please remember to:


Add your event (opportunity) to The Connectory so that families in your community can search and join in!

Add to the Connectory

Share pictures or videos on social media with approval from parents/guardians using guidelines from the Social Media Toolkit and tag the social media hashtags: #leapweek and #leapintoscience.

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Share your events, including pictures and videos, on our private Leap into Science Educators Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is a great place to ask questions, learn from other educators, and share your own tips and tricks!

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“We enjoyed today’s program! It was a lot of fun for both adults and preschoolers. We will try some of these activities at home too! Thank you!”


– 2021 Leap Week Participant

Educator Mini-Grant Showcase Webinar
“We made our own puppets and the kids worked together to make up stories using their puppets in the shadow puppet theater. We had a blast!”


– Library Staff in 2021

Join us for the Educator Mini-Grant Showcase Webinar on April 6 at 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET, where we will highlight some of the spectacular programming by our Leap into Science Educators. Please register in advance here.
Register Here
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Building Engineers

in K-5 Classrooms

April 19th & 20th

FREE Registration  (limit 250)

Event Includes

  • FREE Registration – made possible through partnership between NCDPI and the SERVE Center, hosted by Moore County Schools

  • 2 Day Conference: 

  • Inspiring Keynote directly from the field and relevant to your classroom- Dante Poole:  Principal, Aberdeen Elementary School

  • 40+ hands-on concurrent sessions from teachers and other educators across North Carolina

  • Ability to connect with like-minded educators across North Carolina!








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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