April 8-24, 2016

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