Conferences-iconConferences & Presentations

Synergy Conference 2019

The Synergy Conference convenes hundreds of out-of-school time providers, including faith-based organizations, community colleges, universities, child advocacy groups, community entities, and other stakeholders to share insight on research-based practices, effective programs, and public policies that impact students and their overall success in school and life. Elected officials and policymakers are invited to attend in order to hear how grassroots efforts are making a difference in the local community, families, and through student achievement.

April 24-25, 2019
Koury Convention Center
Greensboro, NC

NC Science Teachers Association & National Science Teachers Association Charlotte Area Conference

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018


  • Illuminate Literacy Through Science
  • Amp Up Science Instruction
  • High-Voltage Science Strategies
  • Beyond Standards

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

Rx for Science Literacy

The Rx for Science Literacy workshop series provides K-12 educators with a unique opportunity to tour research facilities, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials. A list of programs and dates follows.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

In partnership with the Wake Forest School of Medicine, this one-day workshop is based on an NIH curriculum that addresses the fundamentals of neurobiology, how drugs of abuse change the brain and how drug addiction is a treatable, chronic brain disease.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Regenerative Medicine

In partnership with Duke University, this one-day workshop features an overview of NCABR’s regenerative medicine curriculum plus updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of regenerative medicine research underway at Duke University. Participants will receive a free copy of NCABR’s highly acclaimed Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which contains the featured regenerative medicine curriculum.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Duke University, Durham
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday Institute’s MOOC-Ed: Massive Open Online Courses for Educators

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the NC State College of Education. Built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice, MOOC-Ed courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning, rather than tests and grades that are needed in other types of MOOCs.

awards-iconAwards, Fellowships & Grants

2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience

High school science teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers, and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS is a two-week professional development (PD) program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

NC Bright Ideas Grants

Each year, electric cooperatives across NC award more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grant funding for innovative classroom projects. Learn more or apply at 

Formlabs 3D Printing Grants

Are you part of an educational institution that is working on a project at the cutting edge of technology and research? The Formlabs Education Grant is an opportunity for educational labs to receive a Form 2 for their research facility by sharing a project that will benefit from the use of a 3D printer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded at one lab or educational facility per quarter.

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2019 EngineerGirl Writing Contest

Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem-solving.

The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.

EngineerGirl is seeking stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.

To enter the contest:
Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.

There are three basic rules:

Your main character must be female.

Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem – she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers.

Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level, which is listed below.

  • Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words.
  • High School (grades 9-12): 1500 words.

The deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. All stories must be original work.

NC School of Science and Mathematics Summer Accelerator

Accelerator 10th-12th

Accelerator courses for rising10-12th graders are conducted over three weeks. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student’s own pace. One week of each course takes place on NCSSM’s Durham campus. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student’s own pace. One week of each course takes place on NCSSM’s Durham campus.

Early Accelerator 7th-9th

Early Accelerator courses are each a one week-long session that begins on Sunday afternoon and culminates on Friday afternoon. There is no online component to the Early Accelerator courses. When you apply, you have the opportunity to choose a first and second choice. You will have the chance to choose one course for each week should you wish to apply for more than one course over the summer. The fee for Early Accelerator is $1,495. Applications for summer 2018 are open.

IBM Digital Business Group Summer 2018 Internship

The Digital Business Group internship is designed to give high school/pre-college students the opportunity to develop the skills, experiences, and networks that are critical to launching a career in the STEM field.

NC Council on Economic Education’s Academic Competitions

For more than 40 years, the NC Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has sponsored a number of academic competitions focusing on economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship for North Carolina students in primary and secondary schools designed to support and enhance the economic education experience. All competition winners are invited to attend regional awards banquets in the spring where their accomplishments are celebrated with their parents and teachers, as well as a number of educational leaders and prominent business leaders. Visit their website to see a list of the competitions.