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Updated April 12

Premium Lock InnovateEDU: A summit to inspire minority, female students to study STEM

Animatou Sow A new Innovate Raleigh initiative kicks off this week with national speaker Animatou Sow, events at the NC Museum of History and Shaw University.

April 11

Premium Lock Bayer digs in to educate NC students on ag biotech

Bayer hosted more than 160 fifth graders and high school students from central North Carolina last week in RTP with students touring facilities, talking with Bayer staff and participating in hands-on exercises demonstrating how new crop seeds and ag chemicals move from an idea in someone's mind to a product used in a farmer's field.

Trying out "Sticky Icky" Trying out "Sticky Icky"

February 1

Premium Lock Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science; read his address

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of economy. dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy. Read a recap plus the full text of his address.

January 27

Premium Lock How can NC create more STEM jobs? A UNC-CH exec offers insight

STEM News WalletHub published a report this week that says Raleigh ranks 14th among the nation's top 100 metro areas for STEM-related jobs. In a Q&A, WalletHub talked with Jeff Sackaroff, associated director of career services at UNC-Chapel Hill, about how areas can improve the STEM job environment and also attract more minorities as well as women.

Updated January 26

Premium Lock Raleigh ranks 14th among top metros for STEM related jobs

STEM education news A new study ranks Raleigh No. 14 among the best and worst metro areas for jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

March 23, 2015

Premium Lock Obama announces $240M in new pledges for STEM education

Obama Film Festival President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

March 23, 2015

Premium Lock Obama to announce $240M in new pledges for STEM education

STEM education news President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

October 27, 2014

Premium Lock STEM East expands into Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools

The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $200,000 to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRM) this week to implement two STEM Learning Centers in NRM Schools.


August 4, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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.

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.