SciMatch for Middle Schools

We're going virtual! Sign up to be a part of the new and improved SciMatch program, where we connect amazing scientists with middle school teachers to help inspire the next generation!
What is SciMatch?Scientist teaches middle school students about lungs
The SciMatch program accepts applications from middle school teachers in North Carolina who would like to have a scientist visit with their class. NCSciFest staff then works to find STEM professionals who are passionate about outreach to pair up with teachers. These scientists receive specialized communication training prior to the visit.

This year, scientists will make at least two virtual visits to classes in April, where they'll speak with students about their backgrounds and research, and answer questions about their careers. The goal of each visit is to inspire students to consider science as a career and to understand how science impacts our lives.

2021 Timeline

  • January 31: Deadline to apply
  • February 12: Applications are reviewed and teacher/scientist pairings are made. Teachers and scientists are notified of their match and begin communicating
  • March: Orientation webinar for selected teachers and scientists and science communication training webinar for selected scientists.
  • April: Virtual visits take place
  • Post-visit survey completed within 1 week of visit

Applications closed January 31, 2021


Interested in learning more about our SciMatch program?  Contact for more info!

The SciMatch initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Biogen Foundation.