New Opportunities: November 16, 2020

Hurricane Curriculum Available for High Schools

For high school teachers who are near a hurricane-prone coast, this year’s supercharged hurricane season is nearly over and the Hurricane Resilience curriculum is now available

It’s free online at

Through 20 days of instruction, high school students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future. In February and March, the curriculum will be used in 14 classrooms (or virtual classrooms, as the case may be) in the Louisiana Bayou. 

Ready, Set, App! Cycle 2 is Live!

​     The Ready, Set, App! challenge is an Android mobile app development competition for North Carolina students. Student groups will develop a functional and original mobile app using a mobile app development platform, such as MIT App Inventor, to solve a problem in their community or school. The top teams will get the opportunity to pitch their app at the Virtual Ready, Set, App! Competition in April to win Lenovo-branded prizes. All final teams will receive an appointed intern to serve as peer support and a project workbook to assist with the app development process.

Participants must be in 9-12th grade.
This competition is for public or public charter high schools in NC.
Teams of 3-5.
Each team must have an educator to serve as their advisor.
Please note- projects do not have to be completed by Nov. 30th. Register now to gain access to additional materials to support your app development process.
Use the link HERE to register for the program

Visit for more information.
Good luck NC Students!

Kiya Edwards, MPA
Program Manager
North Carolina Business Committee for Education
Office of the Governor
(Cell) 252.236.5567

Greetings from NCSciFest HQ!

As many of you know, our team is hard at work planning the 2021 North Carolina Science Festival. While there’s still uncertainty about what lies ahead, you can count on NCSciFest returning for a month-long, statewide celebration of science in April!

We wanted to make you aware of two upcoming deadlines to receive support to host events (either in-person, virtually, or a hybrid):

  1. Event Sponsorship Program: Do you have an innovative idea for a fun, pandemic-proof event but need some extra support to help it come to fruition? Apply for a mini-grant of up to $1000 through our Event Sponsorship ProgramApplications are due November 30.
  2. Statewide Star Party: This year’s Star Party will celebrate the Moon and Mars with event host activity kits that can be used for in-person or virtual events, along with a suite of free online programs. Learn more and apply to be a Star Party host hereApplications are due December 11. We’ll also host an informational meeting over Zoom on Wed, November 18 at noon for those interested in learning more – RSVP here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, want to chat about ideas for events, or if you simply want to learn more about these or other NCSciFest initiatives.

Erik and the NCSciFest Team

Erik MacIntoshPrograms Manager, NC Science FestivaPronouns: he, him, his

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480

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