Leadership Opportunities from the SMT Center


NC International Science Challenge

 Table of Contents  

Message from the President
Why YOU should attend
the Fall PDI on November 11
Apply to be a Science
Leadership Fellow
Fall Meeting:
Improving Literacy through
Science Leadership
Nominations sought
for Gatling Award
Role of Informal Education
in Developing Conceptual
Looking for NCSLA Leaders
Meet Del Ruff
A Moment for Leadership
Mountains to the Sea
Opportunities from
the SMT Center

The NC International Science Challenge (NCISC) is a yearly North Carolina science competition for high school students. The selected students travel to Beijing, China to present their science research projects at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition the third week of March. The competition requires students to undertake a research project, write an abstract explaining their research problem and present their research to a panel of scientists and engineers. The students selected spend a week in Beijing presenting their research, meeting students from other countries, and experiencing various cultural and scientific events. The NCISC is offered jointly by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

More information is available at http://ncsmt.org/competitions/ncisc/.  If you are interested in applying, be sure to review the components of a successful paper and the scoring rubric http://ncsmt.org/competitions/ncisc/components-of-successful-ncisc-research-projects/ and http://ncsmt.org/competitions/ncisc/components-of-successful-ncisc-research-projects/#prettyPhoto/0/

Application deadline is October 31.  
 Questions?  Contact Lisa Rhoades at the SMT Center, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-991-5111.

Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics Grant Award

This week, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund opened their Call for Proposals for the BWF Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) Grant Award. The award supports teaching professionals in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students. This award provides up to $3,000 for one year to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies. An additional $1,500 may be requested for professional development related to the implementation of new equipment or use of materials in the classroom. Awards are made to teaching professionals that hold a professional educator's license to teach in a North Carolina K-12 public school.


 For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 2016 PRISM as the subject line.

Nominations for the 2016 SMT Center Awards

Each year, the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina are helping to advance education in NC.  Categories include K-8 teacher, 9-16 teacher, informal educator, administrator, student leadership as well as awards that recognize businesses and organizations that support STEM education.  Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000.  Recipients of the awards are honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology.  View http://ncsmt.org/awards/overview/ for more information and to see videos of last year's winners.   Deadline to nominate is December 1.