INSPIREational News

News to stay INSPIREd and Informed

March 2016 Edition

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NASA Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge - OPSPARC

The NASA Spinoff Contest is a perfect way to engage learners with science and design! Sign up your class to create and share new technologies with Glogster, and they could win a NASA experience day!

Traveling Space Museum at CCHS

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am-5pm

505 North Carolina 49

Concord, NC

Since 1998, the Traveling Space Museum has thrilled students by bringing full-scale and fully functional simulators into schools and using them as teaching tools. TSM simulators are as much fun to see as they are to operate! A "Space Day" combines the interactivity of a space camp and the thrill of a theme park. Specializing in the use of full–scale simulators as teaching tools, TSM’s many interactive attractions include the only full–motion flight simulator and the only jet aircraft to visit schools regularly. Interactivity is key as students are invited to climb in and work real hardware that an astronaut would use. Inside the simulators, the students are completely immersed in the experience. Many students are introduced to lab top computers, computerized microscopes, heart monitors, glove boxes, CB radios and other "high—tech" hardware. Operating the hardware teaches relevancy and that understanding is what makes learning fun!

Also on this day, the community will see STEM projects and products from all STEM schools around Cabarrus County in our indoor STEM Exhibit!

The cost to participate in the Traveling Space Museum is $5.00 online or $8.00 at the door. The STEM Exhibit is free to tour.

Please see the Central Cabarrus STEM Website for more information.

National Engineering Week at CWES

All classes competed in a bridge-building engineering challenge for National Engineering Week. Students used straws, index cards, tape, paper clips, and yarn to build a bridge to hold the most weight. We love engineering at CWES! Here are a few pictures of that event

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2nd annual Charlotte WeatherFest event at UNC Charlotte

Please mark your calendars for March 19th and tell students about the Charlotte WeatherFest. There will be weather media from our local TV Stations, as well as the national weather service, and several other great attendees. There will also be a weather balloon launch! This invitation is brought to CCS STEM by the UNC Charlotte Meteorology Club 2016!

Genius Hour at CWES

All classes are engaged in Genius Hour projects when students get to choose what they learn about and how they will learn it. Our students are learning about everything from cooking to stop animation to riding a bike! Here are a few photos!

STEM Pictures from March

Monthly STEM Magazine

March Edition

"S.T.E.M. Magazine is not a curriculum, but rather a resource of awareness that exists to provide clarity on the subject of how we already incorporate S.T.E.M. into every class, how to encourage the creative process and cultivate curiosity in both the teacher and student. In addition, S.T.E.M. Magazine strives to encourage educators about the urgent need for this inclusion in light of their responsibility to equip students fully for their careers." -Wayne Carley, Publisher

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Middle School and High School Teacher and Student Awards

WTVI PBS Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College is on its way to hosting the 3rd STEM Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5 at CPCC’s Pease Auditorium. This event will be taped and broadcast in mid- May, 2016.

The website to submit entries is now LIVE at

CDC STEM-Related Summer Workshop

July 18-22, 2016. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, invites you to register for their 2016 Science Ambassador Workshop . Middle and high school teachers if you are looking to attend seminars presented by CDC scientists, collaborate with scientists, work in teams to develop lessons plans which will be published on CDC's website, enhance your professional network, and tour CDC's state-of-the-art headquarters, including the Emergency Operations Center; look no further. In addition, teachers can earn 4.0 continuing education units. No registration fee! However, participants will need to cover their own transportation, lodging and meals. Deadline to register is April 15, 2016. Visit CDC website at .

Upcoming Events


  • 3rd - PES Math and Science Night 6:00-7:30 PM
  • 14th - WTVI PBS STEM Award Submission Deadline
  • 19th - 2nd Annual Charlotte WeatherFest Event at UNC Charlotte 1:00-5:00


  • 2nd - CCHS - STEM Traveling Space Museum
  • 9th - Science Olympiad 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


  • 14th - PES - Red Hawk Corn Hole Tournament


  • 27 - July 1 NASA STEM Summer Camp


  • 11-15 STEMersion

Contact Information

Please contact Bridget Jones with any comments or questions.