NC SMT Center Receives RTP Foundation Support to Advance STEM Education

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--The NC Science, Mathematics & Technology (SMT) Education Center today announced that Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina has donated $5,000 to help create new tools to enhance and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina schools.


“STEM education is more than science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; it’s about Strategies That Engage Minds®,” said Dr. Sam Houston, president and CEO of the NC SMT Center, which manages the NC STEM Learning Network. “Through our NC STEM Learning Network project, we build the tools and resources needed to create an educated workforce with relevant 21st century skills. We believe a skilled workforce is the best economic development tool this state has, and we’re proud to partner with RTP Foundation to continue making positive impacts in education throughout North Carolina.”

The funding will help the NC STEM Learning Network develop additional tools to implement the recommendations of the state’s comprehensive strategy to advance STEM education. These tools include an easy-to-use rubric for schools interested in implementing STEM, assessment tools for teachers and administrators to track progress on implementing innovative STEM programs, and a comprehensive web portal of STEM education resources serving the state.

“We are pleased to work with NC STEM Learning Network to advance STEM education in North Carolina,” added Bob Geolas, president and CEO at RTP Foundation. “Keeping education relevant requires collaborative efforts between educators, businesses and government. RTP has a 50-year history fostering that kind of innovative collaboration, and we’re happy to continue that legacy with this donation.”

NC STEM Learning Network is a project of the SMT Center in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, UNC General Administration, Battelle Memorial Institute, and others.

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About The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
The Research Triangle Park is the leading and largest high technology research and science park in North America, covering 7,000 total acres. Founded in 1959, The Research Triangle Park is developed and managed by the non-profit Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. The Foundation is responsible for building and maintaining the physical aspects of the Park; attracting and retaining Park companies; and enhancing the competitive position of the Park and the Triangle region. To learn more about The Research Triangle Park, visit www.rtp.org.

About NC STEM Learning Network
The NC STEM Learning Network helps ensure all North Carolina students are career and college ready by engaging in rigorous and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by guiding implementation of the state’s coordinated STEM Strategy that aims to increase student achievement in STEM, create greater public support for STEM education, and build the resources necessary to make North Carolina’s STEM education the best in the country. NC STEM Learning Network is a project housed at the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Education Center in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System, UNC General Administration, Battelle Memorial Institute, and others. For more information, visit www.ncstem.org or www.ncsmt.org, or follow at @NCSTEM, or like on Facebook.