Regional STEM Opportunities

Art and Science in the Field

Opening March 10, 2018  Visit the site:


Science Action Club was founded in 2011 by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Science Action Club (SAC) is a nationwide program for middle school youth in out-of-school time, designed to transform environmental education at scale. Through games, projects, and hands-on citizen science, youth in SAC investigate nature, document their discoveries, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

Saturday, March 10, NC Girls STEM Collaborative will help host a Bird Scouts training in Greensboro, NC at the amazing Greensboro Science Center.  Applications must be made online. The attached preview document will help your team apply.  Applications are due Monday, February 26, 2018. Spaces are limited!

SAC provides a powerful set of engaging activities and now North Carolina educators can receive professional development training on SAC kits, guidebooks, and best practices for teaching science in the informal learning environment. In 2016-2017, SAC engaged 15,000 youth and 1,600 educators through 750 clubs and 215 cities in 17 states across the country. Learn more about the growing SAC network by visiting

What’s Included

SAC features three environmental science units that spark curiosity and wonder, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities. Each unit includes a guidebook with 12 fun activities that take youth outside to connect with nature and contribute to meaningful science research. Each activity is designed for a 60-90-minute club session and can be extended with bonus resources. Teaching kits include class sets of science tools and supplies, and educators participate in blended learning professional development, including an interactive online training, a face-to-face workshop, and digital access to the SAC Educator Portal.

Apply now.  NC – Science Action Club Application Preview2018


 Pass on to scouts, clubs, after-school groups, teachers, YMCA, etc.

Who: K-12 educators (formal or informal)

What: Sharon Jones of is once again offering training for the STEM West region this summer. Pass this on and sign up for this engaging introduction to coding!

Where: NC Center of Engineering Technologies

When: 2:00-5:00 pm

OR (both sessions are identical)

Why: Participants will learn how to integrate curriculum into the SCOS and receive a hard copy of the curriculum.

For questions, contact Sharon at


 Western Carolina University Announces New STEM Education Graduate Program

Are you an elementary or middle grades teacher who is interested in improving your STEM teaching?  Would you like to develop as a STEM education leader?  The School of Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University is pleased to announce our new STEM Education Graduate Track for elementary and middle grades educators.  This track is part of the M.A.Ed. Comprehensive Education Degree Program and is designed for teachers who would like to improve their STEM teaching and develop as STEM education leaders.  The program is 100% online and includes 30 credit hours that can be completed in as little as two years.  We have affordable tuition and scholarships are available.  Participants can start any semester (spring, summer, or fall).  This program is for teachers who already have an “A” level elementary or middle grades education teaching license.   For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Bricker, bricker@email.wcu.edu828-227-3352.


[ON-GOING] – Free Online STEM Courses for Western North Carolina Educators

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EVERFI, a leading education technology company, empowers teachers with digital STEM exploration courses. For educators in Western North Carolina, our resources are provided free-of-charge through generous sponsorship from organizations such as the National Hockey League, the Carolina Hurricanes and The ASME Foundation. Our STEM courses include Hockey Scholar, which teaches STEM principles using sport, Endeavor, which introduces students to growing STEM career fields, and Radius, which teaches students principles of coding and mathematics. Contact Peter Kelpin (980-247-1627 or to get started!

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EVERFI is happy to schedule school and/or district wide professional development sessions for CEU credit! Please contact Peter (980-247-1627 or if you’re interested in setting a session up for your school or district!