News Archive

  • Calling all High School STEM educators! Teach Your Students 21st Century Computer Science Skills
  • Watson Chronical spotlight on STAR Grant:
  • .Photo from

    2011 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference
    The AAAS News Release regarding the recent 2011 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference held in Washington, DC, on July 6-8, 2011, is now available

    Making a Difference Where It's Needed Most

    Also, don't forget to check out the Noyce website for conference materials and updated information. Thanks again for helping to make the 2011 conference such a huge success!

Event Archive

biomimicryCESTEM Biomimicry Workshop

  • Date: Saturday September 27, 2014 8:30 AM- 11:30 AM
  • Description: Biomimicry is a discipline with an extremely wide reach across multiple STEAM areas. Biomimicry is a vehicle to help teachers embed a strong engineering and design component into their curriculum. It also supports the teaching of 21stcenturyskills, including critical thinking & problem solving, creativity & innovation, and the new focus on environmental literacy.This free, three-hour workshop will provide teachers with hands-on activities that model how biomimicry showcases innovation by nature and promotes sustainable engineering and design.Click here to see the Workshop flyer!

CESTEM Population Workshop

  • Date: Saturday October 4, 2014
  • Description: With a population now over 7 billion and growing, Planet Earth is getting crowded! In this free, three-hour workshop, discover lively, interdisciplinary activities that help students understand the human ecological footprint and the challenges of sharing finite natural resources as demand grows. Engage in role-playing simulations, problem-solving challenges and critical thinking exercises and build students' knowledge and skills in math, science and social studies.Teachers will receive classroom-ready curricula that emphasizes hands-on learning and balanced discussion of different viewpoints. All activities are matched to state and national standards. Click here to see the Workshop flyer!

Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
  • Time: 8:30-11:30am
  • Location: UNCW Watson College of Education, Room 335
  • Cost: None
  • Description: This FREE three-hour workshop is designed to show teachers how they can use this cutting-edge technology which is taking the world of education by storm! Teachers will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi to develop integrated STEM activities for their students. Participants will have access to a kit of 10 Raspberry Pi workstations to use in their classroom as well as access to online modules that students and teachers can use to explore the Raspberry Pi.
    For more information on Raspberry Pi:
    We will be giving away 1 Raspberry Pi to a lucky participant!!
  • Register online:
    by email:
    by phone: 910.962.3168
  • Registration Deadline: Friday September 26, 2014

Recycling Teacher Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Time: 8:30-11:30am
  • Location: UNCW Watson College of Education, Room 223
  • Eligibility: 20 Environmental Science teachers of grades 4-8
  • Cost: None
  • Credit: Letter of Participation
  • Description: Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home? Enter the world of Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) - the centers that sort and separate our recycling. In this FREE, three-hour Workshop, teachers will learn how to navigate their way through the sorting process, learning about the technology and tools used to turn yesterday's trash into tomorrow's treasures. Workshop activities and lessons will give teachers and students the chance to use their science, technology, engineering, and math skills in a new, and sustainable, way!
  • Register online:
    by email:
    by phone: 910.962.3168
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Creating Classroom Websites

  • Date: Saturday April 26, 2014
  • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: UNCW Natural Science Building, Room 1026
  • Cost: None
  • Description: In this hands-on workshops, participants will be creating a website for their classroom using a FREE template-based web-development tool. We ask that you bring a laptop to the workshop to gain the full hands-on experience.

Kayak Excursion: Designing Instruction around STEM Literacy

  • Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2014
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Watson College of Education Room TBD
  • Cost: None
  • Description: Participants will be part of a team that will create an authentic scope and sequence of activities that support STEM Literacy. These activities may be used with students but shared with other educators. The goal is to design a presentation for STAR Scholars to deliver at schools and/or conferences.

STAR Meeting and Awards Reception

  • Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Location: Watson College of Education Room 162
  • Cost: None
  • Description: Please mark your calendars to attend a required meeting on April 29, 2014 at 5:00pm for all STAR Scholarship recipients. This meeting will be held in Watson College of Education, Room 162 and will last for no more than one hour.

Wrightsville Beach Elementary Showcase

  • Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: None

Project-Based Learning and STEAM

  • Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m
  • Location: Watson College of Education Room 337
  • Cost: None
  • Description: Designing Standards Based Projects in the Classroom under the Buck Institute Model. The "A" in STEAM is to look at ways of incorporating the arts. This workshop will guide teachers through a process of designing a Standards-Based Project in their course of instruction.

Designing STEM Activities: Water Quality and Geo-Caching and Math and Science Connection

  • Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Watson College of Education Room TBD
  • Cost: None
  • Description: Participants will engage in Geo-caching to explore how this technology can compliment STEM instruction. Vernier probe ware from CESTEM will be operated to support water quality labs. Specifically, we will be preparing for our Kayak Excursion and designing a variety of instructional activities aligned to STEM Literacy. Participants will also develop a presentation to share with other educators.

Designing and Implementing Inquiry-Based Math Labs with the TI Graphing Calculators

  • Date: Saturday, February 15st, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Watson College of Education Room TBD
  • Cost: None
  • Description: Participants will explore the CCSS Mathematics Conceptual Category: Statistics and Probability. This journey through learning progressions not only builds content knowledge gaps but provides entry points to differentiated instruction. Activities will revolve around data collection and analysis for single count and two variable applications. The Scientific Method and Vernier Labs align with data exploration and analysis which makes this cross-curricular and ideal for all STEM teachers.

Integrating Computing with STEM Curriculum

  • Date/Time: June 26 - July 12, 2013 Online asynchronous
  • Location: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Education Building Room 223
  • Cost: $25.00
  • Description: In this virtual asynchronous and week long face to face workshop, supported by a gift from Google,
    participants will learn Squeak Etoys and apply these skills to explore and develop models and simulations for use in their STEM classrooms. Information about Squeak Etoys can be found at

2013-2014 RX for Science Literacy Workshop

  • Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Location: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Cost: None
  • Description: NCABR is excited to announce the first workshop of our 2013-14 Rx for Science Literacy series. The workshop will focus on basic biomedical research and will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Because a limited number of seats are available, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Registration is completely free. The workshop is based on NCABR's comprehensive Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which provides an overview of the biomedical research process. Attendees to the conference will take home a free copy of the Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, hear from scientists about their latest research advances, their career paths and science opportunities for young people, and tour a research facility. Attendees may also be provided 1 unit of certification renewal credit for North Carolina-certified educators (4 hours of additional work required), Additional education materials to use in the classroom, Free lunch, and Substitute teacher support (up to $70).

STEM Activity Day - Science

  • Date/Time: September 21 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Location: MLK Center 401 S. 8th Street Wilmington NC 28401
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Day of STEM activities featuring SCIENCE activities. Participants have been furnished with relevant NC Essential standards for their field so that their presentation/activities will hopefully align with the standards. So far the Army Corps of Engineers, GE/Hitachi, Corning, Inc., the National Weather Service, the Civil Air Patrol, the Wilmington Fire Department, the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's department are taking part. Time Warner Cable will be providing publicity and Duke Progress Energy will be providing materials. I have tentative word that the Aquarium at Fort Fisher will have volunteers taking part. We need volunteers to man stations.

Introductory Biotechnology for High School Teachers

  • Date/Time: 8:00am June 24, 2013 - 5:00pm June 28, 2013
  • Location: University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road,Wilmington, NC 28403
  • Cost: $75.00
  • Description: Participants will learn basic scientific concepts and techniques in biotechnology, as well as how to teach these effectively. They will also learn how to integrate biotechnology into the high school curriculum according to the NC Essential Standards for Biology. Participants will be exposed to an array of topics related to both fundamental science and application of DNA-related aspects of biotechnology, including the following topics:
    • DNA structure and replication
    • Introduction to gene expression and regulation
    • Protein structure and its relation to function
    • Restriction enzymes and their role in recombinant DNA technology
    • Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
    • Transformation of Escherichia coli*
    • Restriction analysis of DNA*
    • Molecular biology of gene cloning
    • Current commercial applications of biotechnology
    • Organismal cloning
    • PCR theory and practice*

    STAR Program Showcased at Natonal Conference

    • Date: May 29 - 31, 2013, Presentation May 30, 2013
    • Location: Eighth Annual NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
    • Presenters: Claire H. Primrose
    • Description: Students have different interests and different learning styles. There are many opportunities outside the classroom to enhance their interests and motivate them to explore topics. In an effort to raise the profile of education in our community and to help students see learning opportunities in new surroundings STAR candidates partnered with Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, to sponsor hands-on activities in the community. These activities were included in the MLK, Jr. Celebration Week Kid's Day, the annual NC Azalea Festival Street Fair, UNC Wilmington's Halloween Carnival and in a new "Little Free Library" to be dedicated at a local community center. The goal of these activities is to send children to school interested, engaged and ready to learn!

    Kayak Excursion: Water Quality

    • Date: May 11, 2013
    • Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Location: Watson School of Education
    • Facilitators: Marty Sugerik, STAR Project Manager
    • Description: Participants will explore the coastal waters to align science and math instruction to water quality. This session will lead participants to design and share potential activities to the elementary school.

    Geo-Caching: Math and Science Connections

    • Date: April 20, 2013
    • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Location: Watson School of Education
    • Facilitators: Marty Sugerik, STAR Project Manager
    • Description: Participants will engage in Geo-caching to explore how this technology can compliment STEM instruction.

    Open "Mic" Night: Networking

    • Date: April 13, 2013
    • Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
    • Location: TBA
    • Facilitators: Marty Sugerik, STAR Project Manager
    • Description: Participants will be part of a sharing session to build networking skills. Participants will have 15 minutes each to share a method, strategy, or resource that will build our toolbox for instruction. Additionally, some protocols for collaborative meetings will be modeled to support Professional Learning Communities in our schools. Text protocols, analyzing teacher and student work, and meetings are just a few of these protocols that provide an efficient structure in the time constraints we have in the field