RTP’s Back2School Drive: Putting Perspective on First-World Problems

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

IMG_1065It’s easy to get caught up in life’s first-world problems such as sitting in afternoon traffic, having to replace the cracked screen on your iPhone, or the difficult decision of whether to get dinner at The Pit or Tyler’s Taproom; I am fully guilty of this. When the little things are the only problems on your plate, it’s easy to only focus on them. Sometimes, however, we are encouraged to look up, glance around and take in some of the other problems facing our beloved Triangle community.

logo-cisHere in Research Triangle Park, we are given many unique chances to give back. Starting today, there is an opportunity to actively participate in benefitting the community around us by donating school supplies to this year’s Back2School school campaign. Companies around the RTP are coming together to donate various school supplies, along with fully-stuffed backpacks, to students of Durham County Schools though a partnership with a wonderful charity: Communities In Schools NC. This drive will run from July 21st – August 22nd.

IMG_1042On the final Friday of the drive (August 22nd), come out to the Food Truck Rodeo for one last shebang! We’ll be having a celebration for all companies that participated in the Back2School Campaign, but there will also be one last chance to contribute! Crayons2Calculators will have a big, yellow school bus in attendance with volunteers accepting last minute school supplies to donate to teachers and students in Durham County Public Schools.

To  get involved with the Back2School Campaign, please contact Abby Gingrich at gingrich@rtp.org or (919) 654-6998.

We have a lot of students to provide for, so let’s get the word out in a big way!

Catch the Vision of RTP 180: Art in the Triangle (and meet the speakers)

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08 8-14 RTF BESusans 2Not long after I started working here at the Foundation did I starting dreaming about the possibilities of having a few bands out in the grassy area behind our gorgeous office. I’ve seen a few bands play sets in fields and it’s one of the best ways to see a show. Our CEO is all about building community, and nothing brings people together better than music, so the idea has always been bopping around in my brain.

When we started planning this month’s art themed RTP: 180, the team knew we wanted to focus on more than just visual art. The Triangle is a place rich with a variety of creativity, and we wanted to throw an event that really celebrated that in a fun, yet geeky way.

Unfortunately, one of the Research Triangle Park’s best kept secrets is that one of the earliest organizations to locate within the Park was the National Humanities Center. Our commitment to celebrating the intersection of art and science goes back to before I was born (in 1987, in case you were wondering).

So, this month we really blew it out of the water to bring you a show that’s filled with science, bugs, art and music. We’re lucky to have partners that get just as excited about these things as we do, and are willing to spend the time to plan and come on the third Thursday of the month to hang out.

If you weren’t able to snag a ticket before they sold out in 10 days, have no fear! The livestream will be set up over at http://www.rtp.org/rtp180 and you’ll have the opportunity to hear these seven fine people speak tomorrow:

AaronWallAaron Shackelford of UNC-Chapel Hill is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Carolina Performing Arts. He works with factuality, artists and students to create opportunities for people to connect the performing arts into their ideas and daily lives. He’ll be speaking on Arts@TheCore: The Value of the Arts across Campus.

Hopscotch Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.If you haven’t heard Greg Lowenhagen’s name, you definitely know the festival he founded. Hopscotch is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year in downtown Raleigh, and is also expanding to include the two-day Hopscotch Design Festival. Greg will have five minutes to speak on The Positive Financial and Cultural Impact of Music in the Triangle.

WilliamBrownThe NCMA Contemporaries group has great events, and recently I was fortunate enough to attend one that William Brown helped to lead. He is the Chief Conservator at the museum and uses a whole bevy of instruments (everything from lasers to sponges) to restore and care for the collection.

BethYerxaBeth Yerxa is a force. I believe I first met Beth at a RTP: 180 event, and I’ve been impressed by the work she does as an arts advocate in the Triangle. From an environmental lawyer to the executive director of Triangle Artworks, Beth is going to tell us about her two crazy ideas about supporting Triangle artists.

Sculptures that serve as a love motels for bugs…yup. That’s how Dr. Brandon Ballengee described his art. They’re intended to help insects native to North Carolina come together and mate. His work will be on display. Outside, of course.

CarrieDonleyEach year, the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) at UNC-CH organizes a Scientific Art Competition. Carrie Donley leads this charge, and is going to take the stage for five minutes to tell us why art is important to scientist. Prepare for beautiful imagery on this one!

MartinFischerAt every RTP 180, there’s usually one brilliant scientist that does amazing work that goes right over my head. For this edition, it’s Duke scientist Martin Fischer. In plain terms, Martin is going to talk about using lasers to peer under the surface of artwork. I can’t wait to learn what “nonlinear optical contrast mechanisms for high-resolution 3d imaging in biological tissue and artwork” means!

While our speakers will be indoors like always, outside there will be some real fun. Once the lightening talks are over Randy’s pizza will be served and the LondeRider beer will flow once more. Then, I get to see a miniature version of my music-in-the-field dreams come true:

Jack the Radio is playing under this tent!

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We’re also going to have exhibitors from Research Triangle High School selling t-shirts made of cotton grown right here in North Carolina, NCMA will be on hand doing live screen print demos, and we’ll have Vitreous Humor Art Glass.

It’s not quite a full blow music and arts festival, but in the spirit of all things RTP, it’s our beta version of something we might like to try on a larger scale one day.

Get Hungry – Our Food Truck Rodeo is Back!

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IMG_3964After taking a vacation last week to celebrate America’s birthday, our weekly Food Truck Rodeos are back this Friday at 800 Park Offices Drive! Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, the rodeos are our way of bringing delicious eats right to you and your friends, right in the heart of the Research Triangle Park.

This week we’ve got some local favorites on the lineup from 11:30am – 1:30pm:

Chirba Chirba
Only Burger (they just opened another location at American Tobacco!)
the Humble Pig
Phillys
LoYo
Fahsyrah’s Lemonade

We hope you’ll join us from 11:30pm – 1:30pm this Friday at the picnic tables under the oak trees. We’ll have the corn hole set up, all you have to do is show up with your dollars and a full tummy. See you then!

 

RTP’s Books on Break Gives Students Summer Reads

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gingerkidsA few weeks ago in the Glenn Elementary School library, I stood in front of a sea of books that RTP companies had come together to donate. They had been neatly stacked over tables and chairs and the air was calm…too calm. Suddenly, the doors burst open and through them poured a hurricane of hairclips and Spider Man shirts; the third grade class had arrived. As books flew in every direction, the room began to light up with the excited smiles of 7-year-olds as books were claimed and backpacks were filled.

The purpose of the day was to help the children prevent summer reading loss, which can be defined as the lag in reading improvement that takes place in younger grade levels during the duration of the summer, mostly in houses where reading material is not readily available or encouraged. Although summer break usually surmounts to only 2-3 months, the cumulative impact of the loss in reading improvements adds up to 1.5 years between grades 1 through 6. As you can see, unfortunately all of those short summers begin to add up.

This achievement gap is what Book Harvest, based out of Chapel Hill, is trying to battle. Ginger Young, the founder and executive director, along with her devoted team, have taken it upon themselves to get books in as many tiny hands as possible. Since 2011, they have donated over 200,000 books to elementary aged children in the Triangle, targeting children in the free and reduced lunch programs.

glenn21Lucky for RTP, we get to participate in such a wonderful effort annually. This year, Park companies donated 3,500 books to Book Harvest through a Park-run book drive called Books on Break. With notable donations from NetApp, Fidelity Investments, RTI, BASF, Cisco, EPA, NISS, and the Research Triangle Foundation, we were able to help students of Durham Public Schools get copies of books such as Junie B. Jones, Dr. Seuss, and Magic School Bus.

Watching the kids’ smiling faces and excited hands empty the shelves so quickly reminded me that there is always a need for more donations. Even after the generosity of Park employees, there will always be more children craving books the next year. For information on future book drives in the Park or how to get involved, please email gingrich@rtp.org. Also, visit www.bookharvestnc.org for more information on Book Harvest and their mission.

 

July’s eNews, straight from #theRTP

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RTP 180: Art in the Triangle
July 17th, RTP HQ Bringing you a spin on the Triangle arts scene as only we can, July’s RTP 180 will be nothing short of colorful. Our region is bursting with artistic talent: from art in the traditional sense to the more musical kind, we’re going to have a mishmash of all things creative– highbrow and otherwise. In addition to the standard free food and craft beer, there will also be a live music by Jack the Radio, onsite bug art installations, and other art-meets-science things. As always, lighting talks will be given by representatives of RTP companies, founding universities and community members at-large. Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rtp-180-art-in-the-triangle-tickets-12126124565

1 Million Cups
Tomorrow at RTP HQ
Let’s share some coffee together! Tomorrow we’ll be hearing from LumiGrow and the Bikini Bus. Come out and join your fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and startups-at-large for Kauffman Labs’ 1 Million Cups. The Research Triangle Park will be hosting Kauffman Foundation’s 1MC bi-weekly on Wednesdays, in partnership with LAUNCH Chapel Hill. IE: one week 1MC is at RTP HQ the next it’s at LAUNCH Chapel Hill. To attend, or sign up your startup to present, click here.

The Color Run RTP
Oct. 4th, RTP

Have you heard? The Color Run is coming to the Research Triangle Park! Proceeds from the race will benefit Camp Kesem, which provides support to kids affected by a parent’s cancer. Over 1,300 people have already registered! More info here: http://thecolorrun.com/research-triangle-park/

*NO RODEO JULY 4th* RTP Food Truck Rodeo sponsored by Fidelity Investments Each Friday, RTP (800 Park Offices Drive)
Yup, it’s official! Our Food Truck Rodeos are now weekly at 800 Park Offices Drive. Each Friday from 11:30am – 1:30pm there will be tastiness in the middle of RTP. The trucks will change so show up hungry and bring your friends!

Raleigh [ ] Space
Ongoing, Downtown Raleigh

An enterprising group of downtown Raleigh business owners have gotten together with students from NC State’s College of Design to organize Raleigh’s first parklet effort. Nope, that’s not a misspelling; it’s a real thing. Think of parklets as pop up parks. The group has started a Kickstarter campaign that we think is pretty groovy. (Park love, ya’ll.) More Info: http://www.raleighspace.org/

Startup and Play Main Event J
uly 24th, AU @Main

The main goal of Startup and Play is to help create a groundswell of support for consumer-facing Triangle startups. We passionately believe that the Triangle community is stronger if we all work together. As such, we want to connect all of the cool, young companies directly with the community at large and with each other. Ultimately, we want to help bridge the Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh ecosystems through a collective celebration of entrepreneurship! Join us at our July social for a bevy of fun activities with 200 of the coolest people you know.
Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-main-event-tickets-11904531775

Buy A T-Shirt, Support A Student
Your Computer

The industrious students at the Research Triangle High School here in RTP have started a t-shirt campaign to raise money for their Startup Club. Being the smart students they are, the design features a raptor surrounded by code and the shirt is made of sustainable cotton grown right here in North Carolina. To support them and order your shirt, click here: http://www.rtpstartup.org/the-rtp-t-shirt.html

Designbox Brownbag Lunch with Organic Transit
July 9th, Designbox (Raleigh)

The July 2014 speaker is engineer, industrial designer, and sustainability entrepreneur Rob Cotter from Organic Transit, creator of the ELF vehicle! Rob’s topic is “Mission-Based Design: Creating Products for a Rapidly-Changing Planet.” This free event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Check it out: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/designbox-public-brownbag-lunch-organic-transit-the-elf-and-mission-based-design-registration-11728280603

Young Artist Summer Workshop Series
Bright Horizons at The Enrichment Center, RTP

If you’re looking for an artistic way to connect with your child over the summer, check out the Yong Artist workshops at Bright Horizons. Spend the afternoon in their Art Studio with Mr. Patrick in order to learn how to nurture your child’s artistic talent while also making amazing masterpieces at the same time. Everybody wins! Click here to find out more.

Back2School Drive
July21st – August15th, Across RTP

Even though students were just released for summer break, now’s the time when employees throughout RTP can start making a difference! Each summer companies across the Park gather school supplies to donate to Communities in Schools. This year there will be a drop off point at Park Center. Interested in more info, or want to find out how your company can become involved? Email Abby Gingrich at Gingrich@rtp.org

Triangle Tech Breakfast
July 17th, HQ Raleigh

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share and learn from their peers through show and tell/show-case style presentations. And yes, it’s free!
Register: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-TechBreakfast/events/158110892/

Triangle Startup Weekend: Education
July 18th, Hunt Library

TSW: Education is a 54-hour experience where participants pitch ideas, collaborate with others who have complementary skill sets, get coaching and produce startups that help solve problems in education. Durham-based startup, Trinket, formed at last year’s event and has since raised nearly $400K in funding. It’s time for more successes like this to come out of Triangle Startup Weekend!
More Info: http://triangle.startupweekend.org/

All Things Open
October 23rd- 24th, Raleigh

All Things Open, a conference exploring open source, open tech, and the open web in the enterprise, will once again feature some of the top technologists and decision makers in the world. With 10 tracks and more than 80 speakers over two days, the event specifically targets developers/programmers/designers, engineers/scientists/database and system administrators, and decision makers that work in, or want to learn more about open technology and related issues. Early bird registration is now open.
More info: www.allthingsopen.org

All Hiring Companies: Register for the North Carolina Master’s & PhD Career Fair
Nov. 20th, The Friday Center

Is your company, NPO or government organization looking to hire recent grads of top notch universities? Then now’s the time to register for this annual career fair hosted by Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, NC State University, UNC-Charlotte, and UNC-Greensboro. The event attracts talent from across the state and region from various academic disciplines including Biochemistry, Biology, History, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Immunology, Environmental Policy, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics and many more! It’s a great opportunity to share internships, postdoctoral and full-time positions with Master’s, PhD candidates, and post docs.
For more info: https://sites.google.com/site/ncmastersphdfair/

@rt in the P@rk
Throughout RTP!
You like art? We like art, too! So much so that we’ve partnered with the Contemporary Art Museum and have acquired pieces for our bright lobby. If you find yourself by 12 Davis Drive, pop into our HQ and see the art (during regular business hours 8:30am – 5:00pm)! http://rtp.org/art
Our current installation is by Mishka Henner. Henner uses Google Earth Pro to show American oil fields as images akin to circuit boards or abstract painting. His process beings with traditional cartography used to locate specific geographies which he then supplements with Google Earth’s technologies and data.

New STEM Resource for NC
Keeping up with the STEM related news, the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center has just launched a new, virtual database for students, parents and teachers across NC. For the first time, there’s now a way to search multiple resources and events to aid in everything from tutoring to grants and job opportunities in the STEM field. Visit the website at http://www.ncstemcenter.org/

Tweet @TheRTP.
Are you following @TheRTP on Twitter? You should be – we love sharing the awesomeness that is our community with you. Got something to share? Include us in the Tweet and we’ll give you a shout out on our 10k+ network! We also give away cool things, like back stage one-on-ones with George Takei, Hopscotch wristbands and free tickets to the hottest shows.

5 Ways @RelayFoods Coming to RTP Could Make Your Life Easier

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This Virginia-based company has been around for five years and is finally making its way down to the Triangle. Their goal is to bring fresh, local food and products to people in a way that is simple and convenient. Starting tomorrow (6/11/14) Relay Foods will have a pickup point in RTP.
relayfoodsIf you’re like me, making it to the grocery store is a small task that can sometimes be really hard. It’s turned into a Sunday chore that falls before laundry and after having brunch. But, sometimes
brunch turns into an afternoon at the pool and the next thing I know it’s time for dinner, Mad Men comes on in two hours and I’ve only got time for a shower and takeout. Fast forward to Tuesday, and my fridge is practically barren: there’s one yogurt and not a single carrot to eat with what’s left of the hummus.

On Monday we received the official word that Relay Foods would begin service this Wednesday in the heart of Research Triangle Park at 800 Park Offices Drive (the same location as our weekly Food Truck Rodeos). Based out of Charlottesville, VA the company has been in business for five years and is in the process of expanding to the Triangle. Their goal is to conveniently provide customers with local and organic food and products at a fair price. Considering there are no grocery stores within RTP, our entire staff was excited to hear the news!

After talking with my co-workers and learning more about the fine folks over at RelayFoods, I’ve complied a short list of ways the service might make your life a little less stressful:

  1. The freedom to shop when you want.

You can shop from your couch, phone or desk and pick up your bounty each Wednesday from 4pm -7pm at 800 Park Offices Drive. No more running back and forth to the store, saving time and gas. And, online stores never close so when you finish off that last piece of jerky Tuesday night, just add it to your online cart before midnight and you’ll have a new packet the next day.

2.   Delicious meal plans are developed weekly for a variety of diets.

The Simple Living Blog is chock full of recipes and weekly meal plans. Have a family member that’s gluten-free, or a daughter that’s dabbling in Paleo? The blog has a meal plan for that, along with suggested variations on ways to make many meals vegetarian, vegan or super meaty. Look for the “Add to Grocery List on Relay” link at the end of every meal plan to make shopping that much easier.

3.  They tell you what’s going to be on sale – ahead of time.

In addition to the great meal planning feature on the blog, there’s also a great feature in the Sale category that tells you what’s going to be on sale up to a month ahead of time. Trying to plan that 4th of July picnic? Peaches will be on sale. How about cobbler or white sangria?

4.   The savings of a bulk isle. 

Who doesn’t love a bulk isle? They’re my favorite when baking or cooking specialty dishes. A quick count leads me to believe the service has most things you’d need: 23 spices, 32 dried fruits and nuts, 23 pastas, grains and beans and 9 baking items and 10 items labeled everything else.

5.   Many of your favorite local producers all in one spot. 

No more driving to multiple stores or making a separate stop at the famers market! They’ll be expanding their partnerships in the current weeks, but currently Relay Foods is working with Slingshot Coffee Company, Nello’s Sauce, Maple View Farm, Latta’s Egg Ranch, Yawp!, Tempeh Girl, Esazu Artisan Chocolates and Vintage Bee Creamed Honey.

What are you waiting for? Place your order! The team from Relay Foods will be out at the pickup site  tomorrow from 4pm – 7pm doing tastings and other fun giveaways. Get your order in by midnight and show them all a warm welcome when you pick up your goods!

And, if you try it out Tweet us @theRTP and let us know what you think!

Website: https://www.relayfoods.com/
Twitter: @RelayFoodsTriangle

 

Bull City Summer at CAM Raleigh

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Bull City Summer at CAM Raleigh: Celebrating the Art & Craft of Baseball

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the “Bull City Summer” member event at CAM Raleigh –a celebration of Durham baseball through photography, inspired by the 25th anniversary of the movie:  Bull Durham.  The work of ten nationally acclaimed photographers was represented. Sam Stephenson, Project Director, describes the exhibit as “a portrait of the art and craft and grit of baseball and the community that revolves around it.”   And indeed, the community was present.  Families, baseball aficionados and art appreciators all gathered to enjoy beautiful photographs, live music, delicious food (corn dogs!) and complimentary beverages.

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As at other CAM exhibit events, children docents were on hand to expound on the art, artists and answer any questions or curve balls you threw their way.  They were delightful, did an amazing job and were a reminder of CAM’s education connection (NCSU) and focus.  (The facility has a room devoted to hands-on art and craft experiences for children to express themselves as well!)  It was a wonderful evening.  CAM Raleigh curates contemporary art and design, exposing innovative artistic ideas of those still emerging, growing and living.  For information about upcoming exhibitions, events and membership please visit: CAM Logo

CAM - Mishka HennerYou can also experience CAM art at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters.  Through a partnership with CAM Raleigh, the RTP Headquarters is able to display artwork provided by CAM and its exhibitors.  Currently on display in RTP’s lobby and Conference Center is work by Mishka Henner who uses Google Earth Pro to reveal visual similarities between American oil fields and circuit boards.  Hope you get the opportunity to stop in and have a look! …And stay tuned…we will keep you posted on future exhibits as they come up to our Art in the Park!

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RTP’s June eNewsletter – fresh from our desk to yours

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RTP Wins National STEM Mentoring Competition at White House Science Fair

“We are so proud and delighted to have been chosen to be a grand prize winner in the pursuit of such an important goal. Research shows that many children have an intrinsic interest in science, technology, engineering and math, but never pursue STEM careers because they have little exposure to professionals in those worlds. We here at RTP are uniquely positioned to connect those children with people who have careers in these industries and with organizations who can help us train those professionals as mentors.” – Bob Geolas, President and CEO, Research Triangle Foundation of NC

On May 27th, responding to President Obama’s call to action to get more girls and boys engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), US2020 announced the Research Triangle Park as a Grand Prize Winner in its national STEM mentoring competition at the White House Science Fair. Boasting a coalition of 41 powerhouse corporate sponsors and educational organizations, RTP will work with these partners to extend the federal funding over the next six years and to provide mentors and leadership to make this project a success.   For full information, please visit our website: http://rtp.org/about-rtp/news/rtp-wins-national-stem-mentoring-competition-white-house-science-fair

RTP 180: Social Media
June 19th, RTP HQ
This month’s RTP 180 centers on that thing we all love to hate: SOCIAL MEDIA! Bring your devices fully charged and get ready to use the hashtag #RTP180 across multiple platforms. We’ll hear speakers from RTP companies, local universities, and other area experts. After the lighting talks we’ll have tasty food and craft brews to fill your tummies after you’ve filled your brain. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rtp-180-social-media-tickets-11716334873

Hopscotch Design Kickoff Party
June 6th, CAM Raleigh
Head over to CAM this Friday starting at 6pm for the kickoff event for the Hopscotch Design Festival. Get an insider look at the just announced lineup and checkout the Wanderbox beer garden that just opened on the front patio. More info here.

New Belgium’s Tour De Fat
June 21st, Diamond View Park

Love biking AND tasty craft brews? We sure do, and New Belgium Brewery definitely does too! This annual celebration brings together two of the brewery’s favorite things by way of a costumed bike parade, dance contest, concerts and beer. Come out and make New Belgium feel welcome. They did just make North Carolina their second home, after all. Register: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/durham.aspx

The Color Run
RTP
Oct. 4th, RTP
Have you heard? The Color Run is coming to the Research Triangle Park! Proceeds from the race will benefit Camp Kesem, which provides support to kids affected by a parent’s cancer. Over 1,300 people have already registered! More info here: http://thecolorrun.com/research-triangle-park/

Buy A T-Shirt, Support A Student
Your Computer

The industrious students at the Research Triangle High School here in RTP have started a t-shirt campaign to raise money for their Startup Club. Being the smart students they are, the design features a raptor surrounded by code and the shirt is made of sustainable cotton grown right here in North Carolina.
To support them and order your shirt, click here: http://www.rtpstartup.org/the-rtp-t-shirt.html

PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series
Fridays in June
Head to downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street Plaza around sundown each Friday night in June to see a different movie thanks to a new partnership with PNC. Most showings are blockbusters (Hunger Games, Iron Man 3), but the last event is presented by Durham’s Full Frame Roadshow.
See the full lineup here: http://downtownraleighmovieseries.com/about/schedule/

New STEM Resource for NC
Keeping up with the STEM related news, the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center has just launched a new, virtual database for students, parents and teachers across NC. For the first time, there’s now a way to search multiple resources and events to aid in everything from tutoring to grants and job opportunities in the STEM field.
Visit the website at http://www.ncstemcenter.org/

WolfPack Your Lunch
June 27th, RTP HQ

Grab your lunch and join The Poole College of Management for the final WolfPack Your Lunch! These free, one hour interactive sessions have been a success, and have pulled from topics that are in the Business Essentials program. Led by the Director of Executive Education and other NCSU faculty, the final topic will be NC State Collaboratories with Dan McGurrin. Coffee and drinks will be provided. The session will begin promptly at noon.

RTP Food Truck Rodeo sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Each Friday, RTP (800 Park Offices Drive)
Yup, it’s official! Our Food Truck Rodeos are now weekly at 800 Park Offices Drive. Each Friday from 11:30am – 1:30pm there will be tastiness in the middle of RTP. The trucks will change so show up hungry and bring your friends!
On Friday June 20th and 27th, patrons will be treated to the musical styling of Lauren Nicole. One Friday attendees will be treated to the duo, and another they’ll get the full band experience.

1 Million Cups
Each Wednesday, RTP HQ & LAUNCH Chapel Hill
Let’s share some coffee together. Come out and join your fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and startups-at-large for Kauffman Labs’ 1 Million Cups. The Research Triangle Park will be hosting Kauffman Foundation’s 1MC bi-weekly on Wednesdays, in partnership with LAUNCH Chapel Hill. IE: one week 1MC is at RTP HQ the next it’s at LAUNCH Chapel Hill. To attend, or sign up your startup to present, click here.

Recruit NC Alumni Only Career Fair
June 12th, McKimmon Conference Center
Career seekers from North Carolina colleges and universities take note – this is the career fair for you. The companies signed on to attend (Credit Suisse, BCBSNC, Bronto, LexisNexis) are dedicated hiring graduates from NC schools. They want what you’re bringing, so shine your shoes and spiff up the resume.
Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/recruit-nc-alumni-only-career-expo-tickets-6999027279

@rt in the P@rk
Throughout RTP!
You like art? We like art, too! So much so that we’ve partnered with the Contemporary Art Museum and have acquired pieces for our bright lobby. If you find yourself by 12 Davis Drive, pop into our HQ and see the art (during regular business hours 8:30am – 5:00pm)! http://rtp.org/art

Our current installation is by Mishka Henner. Henner uses Google Earth Pro to show American oil fields as images akin to circuit boards or abstract painting. His process beings with traditional cartography used to locate specific geographies which he then supplements with Google Earth’s technologies and data.

Building Smart Cities
June 24th, Marbles Kids Museum

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster as they discuss ‘Building Smart Cities through Smart Energy, Transportation and Water’ at Marbles Kids Museum. Talks and tours will center on STEM and smart grid technologies. RTP 180 alum Marshall Brain will be on hand talking about ecoPRT, and he’s always great.
Register here: http://www.researchtrianglecleantech.org/smartcitytix

Data Matters Short Courses Series
June 23rd – 27th, The Friday Center

This quick series is aimed at people in business and academia who need to manage, understand and use big data. Sponsored by UNC’s Odum Institute, the Renaissance Computing Institute and the National Consortium for Data Science, the courses will be held June 23 – 27 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. For more information or to register, visit www.odum.unc.edu/datamatters.

Innovation 2.0: Reinventing University Roles in A Knowledge Economy
June 24th & 25th, RTP HQ

Collegiate case studies from around the country will be presented at this two day summit focused on ways for leadership to increase the economic impact of universities. Economic development professionals and university leadership are encouraged to attend this unique conference in the heart of RTP.
Register Here: http://www.cvent.com/events/innovation-u-2-0-conference/event-summary-43afe3b5aa9443af944357e6dccebac3.aspx

School House of Wonder Summer Camps
Summer 2014
For 25 years, Schoolhouse of Wonder has created kind, curious, and confident kids through nature-based outdoor summer camps, field trips, and leadership training in Durham County. This year, they’re bringing their award-winning summer camps to Umstead State Park in Raleigh/Cary and have offered a 15% discount to RTP companies for all Raleigh Summer Camp and Track-Out registrations in 2014 by using the promo code: RTP. Find out more: http://schoolhouseofwonder.org/

Online Education Resource for Everything STEM Announced

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Raleigh-North Carolina now has access to an innovative web site linking citizens to science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) education resources throughout the state and nation.

A new web site, (www.ncstemcenter.org) will serve as a one-stop shop for resources, connections and activities serving our state.

The site is the creation of the NC STEM Learning Network, a project of the NC Science, Mathematics & Technology (SMT) Education Center. The project advances science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina.

The site (www.ncstemcenter.org) provides a comprehensive, searchable database of hundreds of resources that advance science and mathematics education in North Carolina communities.

In addition to the resource database, www.ncstemcenter.org also includes other useful tools such as:

  • comprehensive calendar of upcoming events
  •  background on STEM education in North Carolina and beyond
  •  links to funding resources
  •  links to other national databases.

 

For more information, visit www.ncstemcenter.org or contact Mark Ezzell at (919) 606-7584.

Check Out the Lineup at this Week’s Food Truck Rodeo!

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Food Truck Rodeo

 

Come out this Friday for the weekly Food Truck Rodeo! This delicious event starts at 11:30am at 800 Park Offices Drive and is sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

Here’s who you can expect to be in the lineup this week:

@cjstreetfood
@fostersonthefly
@HibachiXpress
@TailgaterTobyNC
@favordesserts 
@fahsyrahlemon

Rewards at the Food Truck Rodeo!

Bike to Work Month is coming to an end but it’s not too late to participate. Ride your bike to this Friday’s Food Truck Rodeo to get a yummy lunch and a fun prize!

Want to be a Fidelity Food Truck Rodeo Food Truck?

Interested “guest” food trucks can reach out directly to our event organizers by emailing RTPHQlunchfoodtrucks@gmail.com