By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – STEM is about to get a bit more organized in North Carolina.

NC STEM Community Collaborative is working with several partners throughout the state to develop tools that districts can use to bring STEM into their classes and their communities.

“North Carolina is blessed with hundreds of excellent national, state and local resources to help teachers and students achieve high standards of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education,” said Mark Ezzell, NC STEM’s director of communications and public policy.

Working with the Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and others, NC STEM is compiling a comprehensive database of these assets. This database, the first of its kind in North Carolina, will list local, state and national resources in STEM education and will include tools and programs that help North Carolina students at all age levels.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, chair of the JOBS Commission, sent an email last week to many of those identified resources touting the importance of this database.

“This catalogue/inventory will serve as the basis for collaborative efforts to create a Web-based education portal that helps parents, teachers, students, business and the public learn about and use education resources serving North Carolina, in particular those in the critical areas of STEM,” said Dalton.

NC STEM also has received a grant from Cisco Systems and Google to develop a framework for an online resource to house these resources and integrate innovative mapping technology within the website’s design framework.

If you would like to share some information about your STEM program for inclusion in this statewide inventory as well as for other NC STEM activities, a brief survey is now available online.

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