April 10-26, 2015

Middle 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 each spring in Lenoir, N.C., by Google in cooperation with Appalachian State University and North Carolina Science Festival. Middle schools are eligible to enter teams in the “Gravity Only” and “Open Powered” divisions.

Dr. Andrea Lucky

Dr. Andrea Lucky, scientist

Invite a scientist to your classroom!

North Carolina Science Festival recruits dynamic and dedicated scientists and other STEM experts to share their excitement about science with students in middle school classes. These talented scientists and experts are selected to mirror the diversity of our state and are available to visit North Carolina schools through the Festival’s Invite-a-Scientist program. The goal of each visit is to inspire your students to consider science as a career and to understand how science impacts our lives.

Interested in applying? Classes are paired with scientists based on order of application as well as geographic distribution.

2014-2015 Invite-a-Scientist Timeline

Aug. 11, 2014: Application process for 2015 begins
Aug. 29, 2014: Application deadline
Oct. 1, 2014: Selected classes are notified and paired with scientists
February 2015: Packets are delivered to participating classes
March-April 2015: Classes host scientists
May 1, 2015: Educators and scientists submit evaluations

Teachers: To request an Invite-a-Scientist visit for your class, please complete each field in the online form below. This application is for one scientist to visit one classroom; if other teachers in your school would like to participate, please encourage them to complete separate applications. Please note: Your application does not guarantee a visit from a scientist. The Festival works to accommodate each school that applies, but the number of schools served by Invite-a-Scientist depends on the schedules of the schools and the availability of the scientists.

Invite-A-Scientist Application

* denotes Required Field

First Name*
Last Name*
Job Title*
Name of School/Organization*
Grade Level
6 7 8 Combination 
() - Ext.
Contact's Mailing (USPS) Address at the School/Organization*
Mailing Address City*
Mailing Address Zip Code*
Our school/organization has hosted an Invite-a-Scientist event in the past*
Our school/organization has hosted a similar event in the past*
Our school/organization's administration has agreed to support this Invite-a-Scientist event.*
I agree to complete and return the North Carolina Science Festival evaluations and surveys and return them by May 1, 2015.*