April 8-24, 2016

High School Educators

Recruit a team for the North Carolina Gravity Games

Design, build and race your own “soap box”-type car in the North Carolina Gravity Games! This statewide competition is hosted by Google in cooperation with Appalachian State University and North Carolina Science Festival annually in Lenoir. High schools are eligible to enter teams in the “Gravity Only” and “Open Powered” divisions.

Science Spotlight — just for high school students!

What’s a good way to help high school students learn to think critically about important issues in modern science? Science Spotlight!

Science Spotlight includes three components: a detailed curriculum that explores science issues in the news, classroom discussions and an online Skype discussion with an appropriate expert. (The Festival pairs each participating school with a scientist conducting research in the topic.)

In 2014, the first year of Science Spotlight, high school students took an interdisciplinary look at nuclear energy and fracking, topics that sparked engaging discussions in environmental science, chemistry and social sciences.

North Carolina Science Festival will selected 50 high school classes to participate in Science Spotlight for 2014-2015. Each selected class will receive the Science Spotlight curriulum free of charge.

Interested in applying? Classes are selected to participate based on order of application and on geographic distribution.

2014-2015 Science Spotlight Timeline

Aug. 11, 2014: Application process for 2014-2015 begins
Aug. 29, 2014: Application deadline
Sept. 5, 2014: Selected classes are notified
September 2014-April 2015: Classes participate in discussions
May 1, 2015: Educators submit evaluations

Teachers: To apply for your class to participate in Science Spotlight this year, please complete each field in the online form below.

Science Spotlight Application

* denotes Required Field

Contact Info

First Name*
Last Name*
Affiliation to School/Organization
 Teacher PTA Member Principal Other
Email Address*
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Preferred Method of Contact
 Phone Email
School/Organization Name*
Principal or Administrator Name
School/Organization Website
Contact's Mailing (USPS) Address at the School/Organization*
Mailing Address City*
Mailing Address Zip Code*


Our 2014-2015 Science Spotlight will Be Held On* , 2014

Event Location



Zip Code*

Expected Number of Participants*
I Have Hosted a Debate or Classroom Discussion Previously.*
Description of Debate or Discussion Experience:*
Our school/organization's administration has agreed to support this Science Spotlight.*  Yes
I agree to complete and return the North Carolina Science Festival evaluations and surveys and return them by May 1, 2015.*  Yes