By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – There are several events scheduled in 2012 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education worth marking down on the calendar.

Winter

NCNSP and i3 Grants
Winners of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants through the U.S. Department of Education are expected to be announced in January. The North Carolina New Schools Project (NCNSP) is the only applicant from North Carolina selected for potential funding in the program. NCNSP, in partnership with the State Board of Education, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro, and local school districts will use the federal grant to apply lessons learned from the state’s growing number of early college high schools, which focus on ensuring all students graduate ready for college and careers.

NCTIES Conference 2012
The N.C. Technology in Education Society’s 41st annual conference is scheduled March 7-9 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year’s theme is Engaging Generation Now: Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age.

Spring

Scaling STEM: Transforming Education Matters Conference
Join educators, students, innovators and leaders from business and government at the Scaling STEM: Transforming Education Matters Conference on April 16-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center. Keynote speakers currently include June Atkinson, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Jan Morrison, president of the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM; and Tony Wagner, author and Education Innovation Fellow at Harvard University.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
The second USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering, will take place in April in satellite events across the nation and culminate in a massive expo on April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. This event will celebrate the wonders of technology and innovation through an exciting array of interactive, hands-on exhibits, stage shows, book fair and other activities – all featuring some of the top scientists, engineers, space explorers, authors and other “stars” in technology today.

Summer

YouTube Space Lab
A new video competition blasted off last year for students worldwide. YouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures and several space agencies including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), revealed YouTube Space Lab last October to challenge 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and streamed live on YouTube this summer.

STEM Summit 2012
U.S. News & World Report together with Innovate+Educate, STEMconnector, and more than 40 organizations representing industry and education, will hold a major national event next year in Dallas, Texas to focus policymakers and the public on the critical shortage of STEM skills in the American workforce. This three-day national event called STEM Summit 2012 will convene at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on June 27-29 and will explore solutions and successes in the STEM fields as the pathways to jobs.

Fall

2012 STEMtech Conference
The League for Innovation is now accepting proposals for the 2012 STEMtech conference Oct. 28-31 at the Westin Crown Center and the Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. Proposals to present at the 2012 event will be accepted through April 13. Topics range from health and science to eLearning resources and recruiting.

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