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:

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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.

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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 in-person or 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.

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All Ages: UNC Virtual Science Expo

The 2021 UNC Virtual Science Expo featured amazing presenters with topics perfect for all ages.

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

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

View recordings and related materials here and check back soon for details about the 2022 UNC Science Expo.

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!