Welcome to the website for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Leadership. STEM Education is an infusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through project-based learning to understand complex problems and to prepare our next generation of innovators.

PURPOSE :: STEM Education and Leadership is to prepare 21st Century K-12 STEM educators and leaders to teach and disseminate new integrated approaches to STEM teaching and learning to benefit students in North Carolina to be career and college ready.  North Carolina’s STEM Education connects education programs, postsecondary education, policy-makers, business/industry, and other state agencies to STEM initiatives to the Department of Public Instruction, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools to ensure our citizens are learning the skills that will keep their communities globally competitive.


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STEM Recognition Program Application Release 2015: NC STEM Recognition Program
North Carolina is providing quality STEM education. To recognize our states finest STEM Schools and Programs, NC has developed an application process to identify and recognize exemplary STEM Schools and STEM Programs. The STEM Recognition Program provides elementary, middle, and high schools the opportunity to submit an application for review describing their schools distinguished approaches to leading and learning; implementing the 11 essential STEM Attributes as defined in the STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric. Schools/Programs demonstrating evidence they are implementing all Attributes of a quality STEM program at the "Prepared" or "Model" level will be recognized.

STEM Application Intent
Schools in North Carolina planning to apply for potential STEM Recognition for the 2015-16 school year are to fill out the following intent to apply to ensure you receive information about the application, time line, and resources which will provide assistance in this process. Intent to apply request is due no later than October 31, 2015. For more information on the application process and time line, please contact Tina Marcus at 919.807.3423

Application Schedule 2015-16

  • 2015-16 STEM Application Schedule
    (pdf, 38kb)

2015-16 STEM Application
PDF’s of the STEM Recognition Application Packets are intended for guidance and hard copy reference. Schools planning to apply for recognition and review are to contact Tina Marcus to receive the formal application.

  • 2015-16 NC STEM Recognition Application Packet Elementary/Middle School
    (pdf, 1.9mb)
  • 2015-16 NC STEM Recognition Application Packet High School
    (pdf, 2.0mb)

NC STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric(s): Elementary, Middle, High School

Elementary School
(pdf, 514kb)

Middle School
(pdf, 514kb)

High School
(pdf, 563kb)