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February 13-17 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week.


Did you know that the NC STEM Center has a STEM calendar of events across North Carolina? The NC STEM Center’s goal is to be the first stop for parents and educators to gain information about STEM programming across the state. By collaborating with other nonprofits, this online portal helps introduce parents and educators to STEM organizations in North Carolina. If you are looking for summer camps, afterschool programs or STEM activities for the whole family, this resource covers the state with events for all age groups. If you run a STEM program in North Carolina, the NC STEM Center has launched an enhanced registration process that allows you to create an account on the site with the option of identifying yourself as a program administrator. As a program administrator, you can post your programs within our state-wide database of STEM activities as well as add events or opportunities to the portal. To view existing opportunities, just click on the “Find” tab on the home page and go to “Opportunities.” Additionally, by placing your programs within, your information may also be shared with The Connectory, the nation’s largest STEM programming database. For access to additional site content or to “Share” your STEM program and opportunities, click here to get started! We hope you enjoy this valuable resource for STEM education in North Carolina. Tweet @NCSTEM with suggestions, feedback or any other thoughts about this issue or future ones. 


The NC GreenPower Solar Schools pilot grant program offers funding for small solar PV educational installations, giving teachers valuable tools to educate students about renewable energy. Our first two years were a success and the third pilot year is now open for applications through February 24, 2017. APPLY HERE! The NC GreenPower Solar Schools program will give each grant recipient a 3-5 kW solar PV system, weather station, monitoring equipment, curriculum and classroom solar kits for the students, training for the teachers and ongoing support after the installation has been completed.

Any K-12 school in North Carolina may apply, though special emphasis is made to target Tier 1 counties with the most need. Schools will be eligible for a 50 percent matching grant, up to $10,000, and NC GreenPower will assist the school with raising the balance of funds required with marketing and social media campaigns. We are also pleased to be partnered with the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation who is offering a $10,000 matching challenge grant to any awarded public school who is successful in raising their funds, allowing them to increase their system to a 5 kW array.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

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