By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Some of the latest news related to science, technology, engineering, and math education from the Triangle, North Carolina, the southeast, and the world are just a click away.

• The Kenan Fellows Program will accept applications for fellowships Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2012. Classroom teachers selected represent some of the most outstanding and committed educators across the state. As Fellows, they engage in partnerships with distinguished scientists, university faculty, and professional educators to develop innovative curricula for use in North Carolina classrooms. Public school teachers from all N.C. school districts are eligible. Read more details here.

• Mebane Foundation is investing more than $2 million in Moore County Schools for an innovative teacher empowerment and support model designed to boost student achievement at all grade levels and across the curriculum. Mebane Foundation’s STEM Infusion model features intensive use of computer technology and employs classroom “cells” composed of master, beginning, and student teachers joined by experts in professional learning and support communities. Read more details here.

• Join educators, students, innovators, and leaders from business and government at the Scaling STEM: Transforming Education Matters Conference on April 16-18, 2012, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center. Proposals are now being accepted from potential presenters. All proposals must be submitted online no later than Nov. 30. Read more details here.

• Central to elementary science education is the development of conceptual understanding through the modeling of scientific phenomena. The Leonardo Project allows students to work with intelligent virtual science notebooks that enable them to create graphical representations to model physical phenomena. All studies will be conducted onsite at the project’s partner elementary schools in North Carolina, Texas, and California. With diverse student populations, the studies will determine which technologies and conditions contribute most effectively to learning processes and outcomes. Read more details here.

• A group of educators and RTP business leaders forming a founding board and faculty advisory group are planning an Open House for those interested in learning more about a new charter high school scheduled to open in Research Triangle Park in August 2012. The drop-in is scheduled for Nov. 14 between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Science Center Office in Durham. Read more details here.

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