New Opportunities for a New Year–2024!

Happy New Year!!

Please check out all the new opportunities to begin a new year to enlarge your network, improve your craft, and engage students in STEM!

EdCamp STEM West: January 27th, 2024

Please REGISTER to join your colleagues at the NCSSM-Morganton for a morning of collaboration, learning, and fun at this “unconference” style of professional learning. Bring your ideas and questions to explore around STEM education. This FREE event will provide breakfast/snacks/door prizes as we learn from each other (teachers, administrators, community members, parents)!

ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and Appalachian STEM Academy applications due February 2, 2024.
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2023—The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) opened applications for two summer study opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge. Both programs, planned for summer 2023, are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Appalachian Region’s high school and/or middle school students and teachers.
The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with Appalachian State UniversityEntreEd, and STEM West, prepares the next generation of regional entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. High school students from across Appalachia will be selected to participate in a comprehensive learning curriculum designed to cultivate creativity, sharpen business acumen, and develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success. The students will have the opportunity to develop and implement business ideas, refine and prototype those ideas, and eventually deliver a shark-tank-style pitch presentation for an audience of entrepreneurs. AEA will be held from July 6-19, 2024, at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. More information and application materials are available at
The Appalachian STEM Academy is a hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. Working with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, high school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. Many students gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience.
The academy sessions will take place on the follow dates:

  • Middle School STEM Academy Session 1: July 6-12, 2024
  • Middle School STEM Academy Session 2: July 13-19, 2024
  • High School STEM Academy: July 6-19, 2024
Applications for both opportunities are due February 2, 2024.
“Now is the time to grow and support the next generation of Appalachian leaders,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin. “Through the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and Appalachian STEM Academy, students will sharpen their critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration skills, and build lasting friendships, which will in turn have a positive impact not only on their futures, but the future of the entire Appalachian region.”
“In Eastern Kentucky, and across the Appalachian region, we have a wealth of talented young people who deserve our support and investment,” said ARC 2023 States’ Co-Chair, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “These students are leaders and change-makers who have the talent to bring positive change to their communities and beyond. When we provide our students with opportunities to learn and grow, we set our region up for success in the future.” 
About the Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development entity of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

Applications are being accepted for the summer NIEHS STaRS Experience

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2024 NIEHS Science, Teachers, and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2024 is a two-week professional development program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The goals of the program are:

  • To enhance participants’ understanding of basic research in the environmental and biomedical sciences and its applications in biotechnology; 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 program will be held at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park from Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 19 (excluding Saturday and Sunday), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. STaRS participants receive a $2,000 stipend to offset costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation and time spent during the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a middle school, high school or community college;
  • Applicants must be available for the full two-week program (July 8-19, 2024 – excluding Saturday and Sunday); and
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to Research Triangle Park (which may include overnight stays at a hotel in Research Triangle Park on Sunday through Thursday each week).

Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Apply Now →

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Human Genetics and
Molecular Biology
to be Addressed at
Rx for Science Literacy
Workshops in 2024

Dear K-12 Educators,

NCABR is excited to announce two additional workshops for the Rx for Science Literacy series for 2023-24. Registration is free.

From Mendelian Inheritance to Polygenic Traits

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to present From Mendelian Inheritance to Polygenic Traits, a one-day in-person workshop for educators, hosted at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

About the Workshop: With our increased understanding of the regions of the human genome that are associated with disease, and with advances in analyzing complicated genomic data, scientists are learning more and more about the genetic components of many of the most pervasive health conditions of our time. Scientific advances are showing that conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are due to the effects of multiple genes and not just one gene.

This workshop will provide information about polygenic traits, which are traits that are influenced by multiple genes instead of just one (e.g., height, skin color). Because multiple genes are involved, polygenic traits do not follow Mendel’s pattern of inheritance. Additionally, they often show continuous variation within populations. Many polygenic traits also are influenced by the environment. Scientists are studying these conditions and are realizing that the ways that we predict risks for polygenic traits have tremendous potential for improving human health.

Workshop attendees will receive a free copy of and instruction on how to use the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genetic Variation curriculum. Attendees also will hear from NIEHS scientists about research in this field. All instruction will align with the 2023-adopted North Carolina science standards for biology.

About the Curriculum: NIH developed the Human Genetic Variation curriculum with the National Human Genome Research Institute for students in grades 9-12. The curriculum has two central objectives: 1) To introduce students to the major concepts related to human genetic variation; 2) To convey to students the relationship between basic biomedical research and the improvement of personal and public health. The knowledge that scientists gained as they sequenced the human genome is changing the practice of medicine, and it is vital that citizens recognize these changes and are prepared to deal with them. Being prepared involves understanding the basic science that underlies new medical practices and therapies and recognizing the complex issues and questions that some of these procedures and therapies raise. Thus, students will have the chance to think about how the detailed analysis of human genetic variation is already changing their lives.

Register Now →

Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology

Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to present Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology, a one-day virtual workshop for educators.

About the Workshop: This workshop will feature an overview of the National Institute of Health’s Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology curriculum, and it will feature presentations by NIEHS researchers about the technology involved in the study of SARS-CoV-2 and the human genome. All instruction will align with the 2023-adopted North Carolina science standards for biology.

NOTE: This virtual workshop will be offered live and will not be available as a recording after the program is over. To receive continuing education credits for the program and to receive a copy of the curriculum manual in the mail after the workshop, all participants will be expected to participate in the entire workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and they will be required to submit an online program evaluation.

About the Curriculum: NIH developed the Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology curriculum for students in grades 9-12. The curriculum addresses the major public preconceptions of science and technology, and it addresses scale and resolution, technology and origins of molecular biology, and techniques in the study of cellular and molecular biology, including microscopy, X-ray crystallography, laser technology, simulations and computations.

Register Now →

At Rx for Science Literacy workshops, educators hear from scientists about their latest research advances and receive free curriculum materials. Attendees also receive:

  • 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (4 hours of additional work required)
  • Substitute teacher support (up to $80) for N.C. educators only

Train Up and Teach

Code.Org Training is the 800-pound gorilla of K-12 CS education. provides free curriculum and teacher training through its national network of Affiliates serving every state. Visit Code’s Affiliates page, find your State’s Affiliate, and contact them to take advantage of their free training and support.

Free Scratch & ScratchJr Curriculum
BootUp specializes in elementary computer science curriculum and professional development, having worked with more than 1,200 elementary schools in 26 states. BootUp offers all schools free K-5 Scratch and ScratchJr curriculum on their 
Teacher Resources page, as well as an Hour of Code program with missions and adventures on BootUp’s #CodeQuests page. Check out these fun, effective resources.

Start Teaching AI Now
Any teacher can start to learn AI as they teach it to K-5 students using free new AI teaching resources. Start by having one or more teachers try out this 
16-minute Kode5 AI lesson—students and teachers love it! Then access two entire Kode5 AI courses and other free new AI teaching resources from top national sources – all described here in AI in K-5 Education.

One Way Any School Can Start CS Integration Now
A new curriculum and self-service PD offering is now available via’s CS Connections program. Self-paced PD helps any grades 3-5 teacher integrate CS into other core subject areas. 
Access CS Connections here.

Check out The Solution Showcase
Learn about nearly all the top K-5 curriculum, PD, and resource providers at the Solution Showcase page. It’s a remarkable lineup: Amazon’s virtual Fulfillment Center Tours, Google’s CS First Scratch courses, ScratchJR, BootUp, robot learning toys, and dozens of other resources, each with an information page and video. A ton of amazing resources, all in one place.

That wraps up our School Pathways overview for now. We welcome your input: email us at [email protected]. You can also review all five of our CS EdWeek messages and post your comments 
here on our new Blog. So get in touch, and we’ll be connecting again soon as well.

Meet Propello: Free Inquiry-Based Science Materials for Grades 6-8

Propello is built by experts, loved by teachers, and aligned to North Carolina and NGSS standards. Whether it’s a new teacher just getting their wings or an educator with decades of experience, Propello creates a foundation of engaging, equitable, and hands-on learning—while giving teachers the flexibility to effectively meet student needs.
In your free account, you’ll find adjustable reading levels, hands-on activities, 100+ language translations, and more. Visit to learn more or get your free account at


Register for FREE to access lesson plans, essays, and multimedia resources from The National WWII Museum

Put the Museum’s innovative exhibits and extensive collection of artifacts to work in your classroom with the all-new Registration is easy, free, and helps us serve you better!






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