Regional STEM Opportunities

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!

SAFETY SENSE: Science Lab Safety Train-the-Trainer 2017 – Mountain Office

Grade Level(s): K-16 Date(s): December 6-7, 2017 (9 am – 3 pmLocation: Mountain Horticulture Research Station (455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759Cost: Registration fee $150 person. Checks should be made out to NC State University and mailed to Gina Barrier, NW Science House @ NCCET, 1990 Main Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

Description: Join us for a Science Lab Safety Train-the-Trainer Professional Development Opportunity! Come prepared to create or improve upon your school science safety program or Chemical Hygiene Plan. Receive free resources and information so that YOU can train other teachers in your school or science department. Any competent instructor with a concern for safety, sufficient knowledge and proper training can become a safety trainer or Chemical Hygiene Officer. We know your time is valuable. In this 2-day professional development opportunity, The Science House will provide you with the knowledge base, the resources, and a variety of tools to support you as you train other teachers in your school or system! OSHA regulations that affect schools (HazCom Standard CFR 1910.1200, Lab Standard CFR 1910.1450, and many others) will be discussed. Also, recommendations from other professional agencies on how to address those regulations will be provided. Time9 am – 3 pm (A Certificate of Completion will be issued for 10 hours of instruction.) Instructor: Gina M. Barrier, Director, Northwestern Satellite Office, The Science House, NCSU and Michelle Benigno, Director, Mountain Satellite Office, The Science House, NCSU Contact(s):

The Science House of NCSU Presents: Using Makey, Makey to Target Invention Literacy

Date:  January 19, 2018 (9am-3pm) Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Ext. Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 Cost: $85 (registration by Jan. 2nd includes a Makey Makey)

Join us for a day of exploration and invention using a device called a Makey, Makey. With the Makey Makey, students can make any conductive material act as the input device for a computer. Because it comes preprogrammed, students with no coding experience can use and learn to experiment with it as they start to learn coding. Capitalize on the maker movement in your classroom. Teachers joining us will be able to check out Makey, Makey kits to use in their classrooms. If you register before Jan 2nd your registration fee includes a Makey Makey device. If you have questions, contact Michelle Benigno (828-206-3014 / Contact hours: 5 Register at