STEM West: New Opportunities July 14, 2022

For Those Interested

in STEM Education! 

NASA/NC Space Grant: NC Space Education Ambassadors Program now accepting applications for Cohort 3 – Application Deadline Extended to July 15

NC Space Grant (NCSG) invites your education community to apply for the NC Space Education Ambassadors Program (NCSEA).  Now in its third year, the NCSEA program is building a statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their students, colleagues and communities. Since 2020, we have trained 28 educators from 20 NC counties across the state. Our NCSEA have led 26 activities (beyond the classrooms) to include presentations at professional conferences and outreach to community groups, serving 400 teachers and over 1,000 students!

In-service public and private school teachers with three years or more experience can apply for this opportunity by July 15. 2022 on the NCSEA program page.

Randi Neff, Project Coordinator
Smoky Mountain STEM Collaborative
308 Bradford Hall, SWCC
447 College Dr., Sylva, NC 28779
phone: 828.339.4357

Science is Cool 9: Open Education Resources

IES/SBIR grantee Pocket Lab is hosting an unconference dedicated to free and low-cost curricula, lessons, tools, and resources. Join STEM educators from around the world to hear from experts on how these resources can make an impact in your classroom. Don’t miss the keynote from Kari Byron and Jenny Buccowith special guest, Justin “Mr. Fascinate” Shaifer. Free professional development certificates will be sent to all who attend live. Register today for the August 5, 2022 event.  


First Images from the James Webb Telescope

On July 12, at 10:30 a.m. EDT, scientists from NASA and its partners will unveil the first full-color images from the most powerful space telescope ever built.  Since its successful launch on Dec. 25, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope has been traveling to its observation point and calibrating its instruments. Now it is time to celebrate this historic milestone with exciting NASA resources. Get the James Webb Telescope STEM Tool Kit and visit NASA’s Space Place for kids. NASA offers a plethora of professional development opportunities to help educators inspire students of all ages.


STEM West Fall Community Meeting


Polk High School to Host

Larsen Motorsports!

This is a

FREE Online Professional Development for Teachers!

Amplifying Statistics and Data Science in Classrooms

Our world is rich with data sources, and today’s media is flooded with graphs  and data that require data literate citizens. Technology makes data more accessible than ever before, and statistics and data science skills can help students be ready for data-intensive STEM careers.

Amplifying Statistics and Data Science in Classrooms is a new set of FREE online modules that help educators in grades 6-12:

● Develop strategies for using an investigation cycle to teach statistics and data science

● Ignite students’ interest in real world data investigations with technology

● Emphasize inferential reasoning through posing different types of investigative questions

● Earn certificates for up to 40 hrs to apply to CEUs.

Activities and strategies can help you meet the NC statistics standards in grades 6-8, Math 1, 2, 3, AP Statistics, and the new Math 4 course!

Learn more and register at

Use this flyer to share the opportunity with colleagues.

Once registered, you will always have access to learn at your own pace.

If you have questions or may be interested in having a team of teachers work together with the online modules, contact lead instructors from NC State:

Dr. Hollylynne Lee: [email protected]

Dr. Gemma Mojica: [email protected]

Community Grant Program


Sponsored by Walmart Foundation

Contact: Walmart Foundation

Email: Use the online contact form.

Description: Through the Community Grant Program, individual Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and logistics facilities can support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. These grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where Walmart operates. Organization’s goals must align with at least one of the following areas: community and economic development; diversity and inclusion; education; environmental sustainability; health and human service; hunger relief and healthy eating; public safety; and quality of life.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; recognized government entities; kindergarten through grade 12 public, private, or charter schools; community or junior colleges; state or private universities; and churches or faith-based organizations. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s): Awards range from $250 to $5,000.
Deadline(s): Applications are due December 31, 2022.
Focus: Community Involvement, Equity and Diversity, General Education, Professional Development, Underserved Populations/At Risk, Wellness
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12, Higher Ed, 3-5, K-2, PreK
Themes and Skills: Environmental Literacy, Health Literacy
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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