New Opportunities: March 14, 2023

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New Opportunities: March 14,2023

April 1st, 2023–STEM Trek 2023, a NC Science Festival event to be hosted by the Catawba Science Center and sponsored by the Greater Hickory International Council. This community event is free, and all families are welcome!
  • FREE for ALL
  • Take home activities for the first 100 families!
  • Meet and learn from local STEM organizations and businesses about STEM Careers
  • Hands-on activities in every room!
Please pass this opportunity on to students and your community!

Burroughs Wellcome Fund:
Grant Now Open

Student STEM Enrichment Program – Burroughs Wellcome Fund ( is accepting applications!





May 31, 2023

WHERE: NCSTA AWARDS – Visit the website for information


AMAZING science educators are

WORTHY of recognition


RECOGNITION through an NCSTA Award

DELIVERS just that as it acts to

SUPPORT the educators of our communities!


  • Outstanding Student Teacher in Science (ES, MS/JH, HS)
  • District Outstanding Science Teacher (ES, MS/JH, HS)
  • Distinguished Service in Science Education in North Carolina (ES, MS/JH, HS, College/University, Administrator/Supervisor, Non-School Setting, and Commercial)
  • Vi Hunsucker Award

. These awards will be presented at the Fall 2023 PDI in

Winston-Salem, November 2-3, 2023.

Nominate a Science Educator

DNA Day 2023



Would you like a scientist from one of NC’s leading research institutions to talk with your high school science classroom?


Each year, NC DNA Day sends scientists to classrooms across NC. During the visit, the scientist will teach an interactive and engaging module on an aspect of genetics and biotechnology. In addition, the ambassador will talk with your students about his or her own research and about exciting careers in biotechnology!

Please visit to sign up to have a scientist speak with your high school classroom and present an engaging module covering a topic related to genetics and genomics!  This year’s topics include these exciting, hand-on lessons:

  • The Science of Vaping
  • Personalized Medicine (Pharmacogenomics)
  • Forensics

 What Teachers are Saying…

DNA Day has been a wonderful addition to my classroom for the past 3 years…   My students love it when they have “real life scientists” come talk to them.  It helps the students see that science is “real” and can be fun and interesting and is truly part of their actual life.”  

“The presentation was fantastic, and my students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were motivated and engaged!”

  •       “This presentation completely supplemented what we’ve been doing in my classes this year.  It gave the students something to think about and demonstrated the relevance of what we’re learning.”

What Students are Saying…


“I forgot how much one could do with a background in science. It opens doors that I can’t wait to discover.”

“The ideas/concepts were presented in a colorful way yet understandable way to both teach us and keep our attention.”

“Today I realized that there were many more career options in science than I realized before.”

For more information about NC DNA Day and to sign up, visit our website:



Earn $5,000 This Summer: Research Experience for Teachers

The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) is now accepting applications from middle and high school teachers as well as community college educators for its summer RET program: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering.

Up to nine teachers will be selected to participate in research in nanoscale science and engineering labs at NC State, Duke, or UNC-Chapel Hill. Participants will also design and share curricular materials to use in the classroom.

The 2023 program lasts for 5 weeks, June 14 – July 18, with follow up during the academic year. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work as an RET with additional funding available for curricular materials and travel for lesson plan/curriculum dissemination. The program is for US citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire period of the program. Note: Housing is not provided.

“I loved the experience! The lessons we explored were very engaging and inspired me to rethink how I will design some of my lessons for my class.” (Participant from summer 2022)

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. It is recommended that all materials be submitted by March 17, 2023. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

To learn more and apply, please visit the RTNN RET Website. Questions? Please Contact: Dr. Maude Cuchiara ([email protected]) or Dr. Gail Jones ([email protected]).

Community grants available from the Unifour Foundation Endowment
The Unifour Foundation Endowment, a fund with the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), will be accepting grant applications from charitable organizations serving needs in the local community.

Funds will be awarded to organizations providing services in the Unifour Foundation region, which includes Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. Grants have typically ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.

Applications are available beginning March 3. The deadline for applications is April 4 at noon. Please review our grant application guidelines before applying.

Funds are awarded by the board of advisors Unifour Foundation Endowment, a fund with the the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

For further information, contact Jeanne Dairaghi, NCCF donor engagement officer, at [email protected] or 828-618-6060.

Apply now

Project Learning Tree K-12 Workshop:
Fire Focus 
All program participants will receive a copy of the Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide and the secondary module, Focus on Forests.
Saturday, March 18, 2023
10am – 4:30pm

Holmes Educational State Forest
Hendersonville, NC
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 10
Registration Fee: $10
To Register:
Questions? EJ Dwigans [email protected]
* The registration fee for this workshop has been reduced with support from the NCFSAlso offering EE Certification in Criteria II.

NCSSM Seeks Students and Teachers for Summer Accelerator

NCSM is now accepting applications for Summer Programs! Please help spread the word to rising 5th – 12th grade students who may be interested in a week-long summer camp (Morganton, Durham or online) or to potential summer staff ranging in education from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree.

Applications will remain open until all courses and staff positions are filled. Spots are filling quickly!

For prospective students:

For prospective staff:

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or contact Ms. Gina Barrier, Director of Extended Partnerships & Morganton Summer Programs at [email protected].

Learn more…

NCSSM-Morganton to Host Free Workshop for Educators

Data and Research Teacher PD – April 26th at NCSSM-Morganton

NCSSM’s Extended Learning team is excited to invite middle and high school educators to join us for a FREE day-long professional development event hosted at our NCSSM-Morganton campus. This “Getting Started with Data and Research in the Classroom” event is scheduled for April 26, 2023, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. At this event we’ll showcase strategies for supporting student-led research projects from start to finish – from brainstorming initial projects to data collection and interpretation at the end of the project cycle. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from outstanding educators in our community, collaborate and connect with peers, and walk away with resources ready to use in the classroom tomorrow! Space is limited so please reserve your spot soon.

Learn more…

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