STEM West: New Opportunities March 18, 2022

For Those Interested

in STEM Education! 

Put it on your calendar: Countdown–15 DAYS AWAY!!

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NCMNS Dino Tours

The Museum is pleased to invite you to Accessible Dino Tours — a virtual experience featuring live captions and ASL Interpretation. These virtual programs are designed to accommodate those who are deaf or hard of hearing, though all are welcome to register.

Join our Museum educators during this free adventure as they take you through the “Prehistoric North Carolina” and “Terror of the South” exhibits. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to dinosaurs from all over the United States.

Check out the upcoming schedule for Accessible Dino Tours below:

Monday, April 4

Session 1 — 10:00–11:00am (Eastern): For Pre-K–Elementary Learners

Register for the Apr. 4, Pre-K–Elementary session

Session 2 — 1:00–2:00pm (Eastern): For Middle–High School Learners

Register for the Apr. 4, Middle–High School session

Monday, May 16

Session 1 — 10:00–11:00am (Eastern): For Pre-K–Elementary Learners

Register for the May 16, Pre-K–Elementary session

Session 2 — 1:00–2:00pm (Eastern): For Middle–High School Learners

Register for the May 16, Middle–High School session

Please note: Use the registration links above to determine which program suits your students’ needs based on their learning level. If the scheduled sessions and associated learning levels do not meet the needs of your learners, please email the Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion to discuss further.

Do you need more STEM Careers/Skills books in your Library?

Rural Public Library Children’s Book Project
Program Grants

Sponsored by The Pilcrow Foundation

Contact: Karren Timmermans, Director
The Pilcrow Foundation
343 E. Washington Ave.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Phone: 541.767.3604
Email: [email protected]

Description: The Pilcrow Foundation provides matching grants to rural public libraries through the Children’s Book Project. The project aims to support the purchase of quality, hardcover children’s books suited to the community and intended to enhance active children’s departments in libraries across the United States. The foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s book from which grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The book list includes award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

Libraries qualify for the Children’s Book Project grant on an individual basis. To qualify for the grant, libraries must be located in a rural area within the 50 United States, have a limited operating budget, have an active children’s department, and raise $200-$400 through a local sponsor. Eligible applicants also include branch libraries serving rural communities and school libraries that remain open to the entire community year-round as the sole public library. Applications must be submitted by postal mail.

Eligibility: Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s): Children’s books up to $1,200 in value are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are due April 1 and October 1, 2022.
Focus: Library/Media, Native/Tribal American, Rural

Integration of Arts into STEM? 

Challenge America Grants

Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts

Contact: National Endowments for the Arts
400 7th St. SW
Washington, DC 20506

Phone: 202.682.5700
Email: [email protected]

Description: The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Projects in all artistic disciplines are supported.

Eligible applicants are US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, and federally recognized tribes. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies, school districts, and other organizations that help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
Award(s): Grants of $10,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are due April 21, 2022.
Focus: Community Involvement, Professional Development, Special Needs, Technology Equipment/Devices, Underserved Populations/At Risk

School Supplies Grant

Sponsored by National Society of High School Scholars

Contact: National Society of High School Scholars
1936 N. Druid Hills Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30319

Phone: 866.343.1800
Email: [email protected]

Description: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) awards School Supplies Grants to high school educators, particularly those who are heads of clubs in their schools. NSHSS is always looking for ways to support its network of educators, especially those who constantly look for support and resources for their students. To help offset the financial burden, NSHSS provides School Supplies Grants to help provide additional opportunities for high school students and classrooms.

Eligible applicants are any high school educator employed in the United States. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter
Award(s): Twenty grants of $500 each are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are due April 15, 2022.
Focus: After School/Summer Programming, General Education, Professional Development, Technology Equipment/Devices

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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