Elementary Educators

The North Carolina Science Festival is giving away 75 Folt Science Night kits to elementary schools across North Carolina.

What is a Folt Science Night?

A Folt Science Night is a school-based event for students, their parents and caregivers, and their teachers. Together, everyone experiences a variety of hands-on science activities. It can be held after school, at night or on a weekend.

Kits for these family science events are funded by an anonymous donor, who asked that the Festival name these events in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chancellor. The events began as Thorp Science Nights in 2012 and 2013. For 2014, the events will be recognized as Folt Science Nights in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s newly-installed Chancellor Carol Folt.

Schools throughout North Carolina host Folt Science Nights for their students and families. Folt Science Nights are official events of the North Carolina Science Festival, and they are a great way to bring families together to explore the amazing world of science! The map below shows the locations of the 2014 locations.

2014 Folt Science Night map

Thanks for your interest! We received more than 160 applications across North Carolina this year. Selected recipients have been notified.

If your school was not selected or you missed the deadline, but you want to host a Science Night at your school, you can request access to free, downloadable materials that will give you all the information you need for a successful event. Email the Festival at ncscifestschools@unc.edu for your access link.

2013-2014 Timeline

Oct. 16, 2013: Application process for 2014 begins
Nov. 1, 2013: Application deadline
Nov. 15, 2013: Selected schools are notified
February 2014: Kits are delivered to selected schools
March 4, 2014: Webinar for participating educators
March-April 2014: Selected schools host Folt Science Night for their students
April 30, 2014: Selected schools submit evaluations