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The Do-It-Yourself Guide to STEM Community Engagement. How to Build Sustainable Education Innovation in Your Community.
The do-it-yourself-guide provides schools, systems, and local community organizations with self-guided tools to engage a broad community of stakeholders in sustainable education.
(pdf, 1.8mb)

Engineering Connections to K-12 Education
The "E" in STEM, the engineering component, is connected to Science, Technology, Mathematics, and courses within the existing Standard Course of Study. Engineering Connections are developed and aligned with the STEM Implementation Rubric Principles. The Key Engineering Elements in the Engineering Connections align characteristics to Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. These Connections enrich courses in the Arts, Career and Technical Education, English Language Arts, Healthful Living, Music, Social Studies, and World Languages as well as Out-of-School programs:

  • Grades 9-12: Engineering Connections Aligned with the STEM Rubric Principles
    (pdf, 503kb)

  • Grades 6-8: Engineering Connections Aligned with the STEM Rubric Principles
    (pdf, 502kb)

  • Grades K-5: Engineering Connections Aligned with the STEM Rubric Principles
    (pdf, 498kb)

  • K-12 Correlation: Engineering Connections Aligned with the STEM Rubric Principles
    (pdf, 633kb)

  • Engineering STEM Connections Summary
    (pdf, 238kb)

NC STEM Recognition Program
To identify and recognize exemplary STEM Schools and STEM Programs, the STEM Recognition Program was developed. This program provides a standard definition of quality STEM implementation using the STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric as the framework and backbone of the application process for implementing the 11 essential STEM Attributes. Schools have an opportunity to submit an application describing demonstrated evidences of their schools distinguished STEM approaches to leading and learning.

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

Career and Technical Education Essential Standards
The 2012 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Essential Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in June 2011 and implemented beginning with the 2012-13 school year. CTE fulfills an increasingly significant role in school reform efforts. Career and Technical educators at the state and local levels partners with business and industry and with community college and other postsecondary institutions to ensure CTE serves the needs of individual students and the state.

Common Core State Standards for K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts
On June 2, 2010, North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. With the adoption of these state-led education standards, North Carolina is in the first group of states to embrace clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare children for success in college and work.

North Carolina Essential Standards
The Essential Standards includes the standards for the newly adopted curriculum for Arts Education, English as a Second Language, Guidance, Healthful Living. Information Technology, Science, Social Studies, World Languages and the Occupational Course of Study.