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Initiatives Underway to Bolster STEM Education for Teachers and Students

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) is working with organizations from around the state to develop ideas and actions to meet North Carolina’s future science and technology needs.

In April, CESTEM Director Dr. Dennis Kubasko and Assistant Director Christopher Gordon participated in the North Carolina Science Summit, a key event of the North Carolina Science Festival.  There, participants identified five top strategies to bolster science and technology in the state.

  1. Develop programs that match students to science industry experience.
  2. Provide substantive professional development opportunities for NC teachers, through experiential programs that connect them with individuals from industry, university, government and local community organizations.
  3. Partner with the NC Grassroots Science Museums (35 facilities) to promote science and technology opportunities for students of all ages.
  4. Create an “entrepreneurial co-laboratory” to promote entrepreneurial thinking, move research to commercialization and facilitate the generation of start-up companies.
  5. Create a category of state matching grant awards for companies that get support through promising co-development agreements with partner companies, and promote tax credits for large companies that invest in smaller start-ups.

On September 16th and 17th, CESTEM and UNCW will host a meeting of STEM Center Directors from around the state to collaborate on ways the universities can lead STEM innovations and educational and entrepreneurial initiatives throughout North Carolina.

On September 19, Dr. Kubasko and Mr. Gordon will attend a Regional Summit Meeting at the Cape Fear Museum, joining leaders from business and community organizations to discuss concrete ways to pursue these strategies in Southeastern North Carolina.