STEM Education

STEM News is generated through a collaborative effort between the NC STEM Learning Network and WRAL TechWire. To submit story ideas, please email WTW Editor Rick Smith rsmith@wral.com or Noah Garrett noah@thinkngc.com.)

August 4

Premium Lock NCTA names STEM scholarship winners

NCTA Every year, NCTA honors the memory of its founding CEO, Betsy Y. Justus, by awarding a scholarship in her name. This year, the scholarship was expanded to provide two students with a $4,000 scholarship and a computer from Lenovo.

June 16

Premium Lock Biopharma Grifols to open new Clayton plant employing 200

Grifols Grifols new Clayton plant, expected to employ 200, is set to become fully operational in 2015. A grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday.

Updated June 9

Premium Lock New 'Kid Grid' powers up young minds at Marbles

North Carolina is now home to a one-of-a-kind children's exhibit that opened Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Kid Grid aims to inspire the next generation of great minds through interaction and energy stimulation.

Michelle Ward of Marbles Kids Museum in the new Kid Grid Michelle Ward of Marbles Kids Museum in the new Kid Grid

June 2

Premium Lock North Carolina has new tool for STEM education

NC STEM Center The new NC STEM Center is a one-stop shop for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in North Carolina.

Updated April 18, 2013

Premium Lock At NC Astronomical Research Institute, students learn by doing

PARI's Visionary Leader Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is one of the most treasured educational facilities in the state that many probably have never of - until now.

Updated February 27, 2013

Premium Lock Tech icons in video appeal: Teach more code in schools

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey are among the tech luminaries promoting the teaching and learning of computer coding in schools through a new video.

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December 18, 2012

Premium Lock Biogen Foundation awards $50,000 for STEM education

STEM News Nearly $50,000 in grants is being distributed to 28 Triangle-area schools and nonprofit organizations by the Biogen Idec Foundation through a program managed by the Triangle Community Foundation.

December 11, 2012

Premium Lock UNC Launch Pad startup STENCIL tackles high school dropout rate

STENCIL, or Students and Teachers Employing New Criteria in Learning, offers a cloud-based tool kit to help school officials predict if a student is a drop-out risk.

Julian Wooten targets education with startup Julian Wooten targets education with startup

December 3, 2012

Premium Lock Tech workers turned into NC teachers tuition-free

STEM News North Carolina, a state that recognized the growth opportunities of 1950s technologies by creating the Research Triangle Park, is increasing the classroom focus on science, technology, engineering and math -- the so-called STEM fields. The goal is building a workforce with the training needed for high-wage, high-demand careers.

November 28, 2012

Premium Lock Reinvention of education provides North Carolina's pathway to prosperity

Opinion: With the 21st Century well underway, the Tar Heel state is positioned to play a leading role in the reinvention of American education. This is particularly important given the strong connection between education reform on the one hand, and jobs and economic growth on the other.

Education crucial for jobs Education crucial for jobs

November 19, 2012

Premium Lock 'Math in Focus the Singapore Way' boosting learning, school finds

STEM News The math program underscores a stronger mathematical foundation for students. It emphasizes number and operations in each grade, as is recommended in the Common Core Standards.

November 12, 2012

Premium Lock Entrepreneurial spirit boosts STEM education at S.C. school

Tom Rogers, a science teacher in South Carolina, and his students use some old Android phones, a bit of outside funding, mentoring and support from Clemson University and a lot of their own grit to build a robot project: AndSAM.

STEM News STEM News

Updated November 5, 2012

Premium Lock BioMoto STEM Challenge revs up students for learning

The three-year program is a collaborative educational initiative underwritten by a $300,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and guided by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Greater Charlotte Office and the North Carolina Motorsports Association.

Students undergo fitness testing as part of the curriculum. Students undergo fitness testing as part of the curriculum.

Updated October 22, 2012

Premium Lock SAS Curriculum Pathways launches free Algebra course

Success in Algebra 1 is critical to future science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) careers, according to the world's largest privately-owned software company.

Free Math Resource Free Math Resource

October 15, 2012

Premium Lock TWC to promote STEM education at NC, SC State Fairs

North Carolina State Fair 2012 Time Warner Cable will feature hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and demonstrations at the North Carolina and South Carolina State Fair this month.

October 15, 2012

Premium Lock High school media programs lacking online components

STEM News Researchers at University of Kansas have found that 96 percent of high schools offer media opportunities, but only 33 percent provide online instruction.

October 1, 2012

Premium Lock Lee Institute recognizes 21 N.C. schools for global learning

STEM News The VIF International Foundation awards 21 schools honors from the Howard N. Lee Institute for language immersion programs.

September 24, 2012

Premium Lock IBM pledges $1.3M education grants to NC, 4 other states

North Carolina is one of five states receiving early childhood education improvement grants valued at $1.3 million in cash and technology services from Big Blue.

IBM KidSmart Program IBM KidSmart Program

September 17, 2012

Premium Lock Visual software coding languages boost kids as programmers

Alice, Scratch and Lua-based platforms help make programming more prevalent among elementary and middle school students and teach them problem-solving skills that translate to other languages such as Python, Java, Ruby and C++, says Brook Osborne, director of outreach at Duke University's department of computer science.

"Alice' in action "Alice' in action

September 7, 2012

Premium Lock NC STEM Learning Network teams up with Fidelity

Fidelity Investments The NC STEM Learning Network teams up with one of the world's largest financial services firms to help develop a Web-based platform to better organize STEM education resources throughout the state.