SciMatch for Middle Schools

The new and improved SciMatch program returns in 2022, 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 visit classes in April, where they'll speak with students about their backgrounds and research, and answer questions about their careers. Due to uncertainty around COVID-19, these visits will virtual this year, although if conditions allow, in-person visits may be permitted. The goal of each visit is to inspire students to consider science as a career and to understand how science impacts our lives.

2022 Timeline

  • November 30: Deadline to apply
  • December: Applications are reviewed and teacher/scientists are selected. Scientist and teacher orientation webinars.
  • January: pairings are made. Teachers and scientists are notified of their match and begin communicating
  • February and March: professional development webinars for teachers and scientists.
  • April: Virtual visits take place
  • Post-visit survey completed within 1 week of visit

Applications for the 2022 SciMatch program are now closed

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