For Educators

Teachers pose with Kelvin the spokesbot at Martin Millennium AcademyCelebrate the North Carolina Science Festival by getting your students involved in one of our special programs during the month of April!

Educators are vital to the North Carolina Science Festival’s mission — they prepare future scientists! We thank you for everything you do and encourage you to participate in the Festival with your students.

We also want to collaborate with you in providing exciting science experiences. The Festival offers “at-your-site” educational initiatives specifically for K-12 schools. Learn more about programs for each age level:

Dr. Tyler Allen
4th-7th Grade: Exploring the Secrets of Cell Biology

Cells have existed for millions of years and your own body is made of up TRILLIONS of them! Join us on Wednesday, April 28, as Dr. Tyler Allen talks about his journey as a scientist studying cells and shares the interesting secrets he’s learned along the way.  

This program is presented thanks to the generous support of the Honeywell Corporation. Honeywell believes what happens tomorrow is determined by what we do today. 

This event is designed for upper elementary and early middle school students but all are welcome to attend. LEARN MORE

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
All Ages: UNC Virtual Science Expo

The UNC Virtual Science Expo features amazing presenters with topics perfect for all ages.

Elementary school sessions include a reading of Marti the Hammerhead by a shark researcher in the Galapagos, live physics demonstrations from UNC professors, and a look at how to stop the spread of germs with the UNC Children's Research Institute.

Middle school sessions include an exploration of shark migration and conservation with a researcher in the Galapagos and live physics demonstrations with professors at UNC.

High school sessions include topics about Environmental Justice, Toxicology and Lung Health, and Environmental Science inthe Galapagos Islands.

All Ages: Weekly Trivia Series

NCSciFest is partnering with SAS, a global leader in data analytics, and partners across the state to launch a weekly trivia series.

Test your knowledge with themed trivia sessions each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month. Each week features questions and prize packs provided by special hosts from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, The North Carolina School of Science and Math, the NC Zoo, and NC Aquariums.

Student watching a parachute
Elementary Schools: Duke Energy Science Night

The Duke Energy Science Night Activity Kit program offers everything you need to engage your students and their families with fun science activities.

Traditionally, schools use the resources and support to organize and hold a family science night during the month of April, bringing families together as a community to explore the amazing world of science. In light of COVID-19, the NCSciFest team has created a Duke Energy Science Night activity kit that allows flexibility of use for April 2021.

Scientist and student fist-bumping
Middle Schools: SciMatch

Our SciMatch program pairs middle school teachers with scientists who are passionate about their work to schedule virtual visits to lead activities with your students.

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.

Observatory with star trails
High School: DESI High - School of the Dark Universe

DESI High: School of the Dark Universe is an opportunity for students to learn about dark energy, python coding, and data science while exploring real-life data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI)!

DESI High provides K9-12 with hot-off-the-telescope data for galaxies, stars, white dwarves and much more.  Come learn everything there is to know about Dark Energy, python coding & data science then run your own experiments!  This may be the beginning of your very own journey to finally understand the nature of Dark Energy, Dark Matter and the first moments in the life of our Universe.

Please share information about the North Carolina Science Festival with your campus community so that they can join in the statewide science fun. If you’d like to share ideas for future Festival activities, let us know at ncscifestschools@unc.edu . Be sure to stay up-to-date with the North Carolina Science Festival by subscribing to our monthly eNews and following on Facebook and Twitter, too!