STEM West: New Opportunities April 11th, 2022

For Those Interested

in STEM Education! 

AFTER School Robotics Grant from DPI:

Info Session

We invite you to join us for an informational meeting via Zoom to learn more about starting an After-School Robotics program at your school for the 2022-2023 school year. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently announced a grant that is intended to help start and sustain after-school robotics teams. Details on the announcement are below my signature line. 

FIRST North Carolina is here to help. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of engineers, computer scientists and STEM leaders through the FIRST programs. FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition are nationally recognized, evidence-based programs that engage students with real-world robotics technology. We are excited to share more details about these two programs with you and your staff.

We recognize the tight timeline with a deadline to apply of May 1. Your time is valuable and we want to help make this application process as easy and successful for your school as possible. Please join us for any of the following informational meetings:

Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00am

Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00pm

Thursday, April 14 at 2:00pm

If those dates and times are not convenient for you, please let us know what works best for your schedule and we can set up a one-on-one call with you to answer your questions and to further explore how to set up a successful program at your school.

We look forward to partnering with your school to engage your students in an evidence-based, hands-on STEM experience.



Marie E. Hopper
President – FIRST North Carolina
[email protected]

Dogwood Health Trust Offering No-
Cost Summer Accelerator to Rising
7th-12th graders in WNC

Middle and high school students in the 18 western NC counties* encompassed by the Dogwood Health Trust will be offered an additional program opportunity – a free week of Summer Accelerator courses! This residential summer program will be held on the NCSSM-Morganton campus during the week of July 17-21. Rising 7-9th graders can choose to explore robotics or forensics, and rising 10-12th grade students can choose to explore diseases affecting the circulatory and respiratory systems and their relationship to exercise, or they can design, build, and test their own electric speedboat!

*The student must live in one of these 18 counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Learn more and apply…

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You’re Invited

Please join us for the next U.S. Department of Education STEM Webinar:

Learning with NASA is Out of this World

April 26, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

register here

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a long history of inspiring American students to reach for the stars. By engaging students in real life design challenges, teachers provide learning opportunities that have lifelong impacts. NASA’s Artemis mission is inspiring students, in partnership with LEGO Education, by offering free Build to Launch Curriculum to schools nationwide, giving students a chance to learn from and interact with our nation’s top aeronautics leaders as they progress towards a first launch in 2022. This exciting mission offers students meaningful, hands-on experiences that aim to inspire the STEM workforce of the future.  Please join the U.S. Department of Education and NASA to learn more about the Artemis mission, their collaboration with LEGO Education, and how to spark joy in your classrooms.

Host: Patti Curtis, Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Education


Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Jessica Vos, Crew System Engineer for Orion

Kris Brown, Deputy Associate Administrator for STEM Engagement

Dr. Jenny Nash, Head of Education Impact at LEGO Education

James McDaniel, LEGO Education Master Educator (invited)

A closed-captioned recording will be available 48 hours after the event at If you require other accommodations to participate in this event, email [email protected] or call 202.453.6768 by April 21, 2022.

Any content or opinions shared during this webinar are not that of the U.S. Department of Education nor an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned therein.


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Patti Curtis
Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow
Office of Elementary & Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education

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Weekly Updates for New Learning Opportunities for Educators & Youth

Check out the new website with a few new features:

  1. Initiatives linked with articles
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  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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