"Thank you to everyone with the NCSF team for all your hard work to make the Festival possible. It’s such a great resource for the people of NC!"
- Jory Weintraub, Duke University Science & Socity
Rocket Week with Cabarrus County Schools
Cabarrus County Schools launched an ambitious plan to celebrate rocket science at five STEM schools. Over the course of a week, 3,000 K-5 students built and launched their own rocket designs, plus heard from a real rocket scientist as part of a virtual field trip.
UNC Wilmington creates STEM kits for students with disabilities
Faculty and students at UNCW's Watson College of Education created STEM activity kits specifically designed for students with disabilities. They secured additional funding to expand the project, distributing 2,215 kits to students across southeastern North Carolina!
Trivia with SAS
Our friends at SAS developed a new online trivia platform to engage audiences, and when the pandemic hit, we partnered to launch a statewide trivia series. Each week in April, online events featured questions and prizes from partner organizations including the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the NC Zoo, NC Aquariums, and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
Dr. Tyler Allen
Dr. Tyler Allen, a cancer researcher at Duke University who was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, shared the secrets of cell biology with over 500 4th-7th graders. This signature event was made possible thanks to support from Honeywell.
Duke Energy Science Nights
The NCSciFest team designed and shipped 193 activity kits to elementary schools across 74 counties. These kits included the materials needed for 200 students and their families to do hands-on STEM activities. Thanks to support from the Duke Energy Foundation, 150 of these kits were provided at no cost.
"Despite the Covid-19 mandates, your program allowed our students to participate in a STEM program at home. It was the highlight of the school year."
Scurlock Elementary School, Hoke County
Statewide Star Party
Communities across our state participated in the Universe's largest star party in celebration of two of the most prominent objects in the mid-April 2021 evening sky: the Moon and Mars. Virtual and in-person events were hosted by 35 different partners. This program is made possible with the support of NC Space Grant.