New Opportunities: March 1st, 2021

Biotech in Action free virtual summer lab program for high school students.

The Biogen Community Lab and Lemelson-MIT group are hosting a 2-week long Biotech in Action free virtual summer lab program for high school students. Applications open on February 23rd and close on March 11th. Visit our website for program details and application. Please forward the information to any student or teacher that may be interested.

Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action:

Virtual Summer Lab 2021

 After successfully launching the Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Virtual Summer Lab in 2020, we are continuing the program for 2021!

We have created a state-of-the-art, virtual program to continue to inspire and empower a new generation of young scientists. This year’s virtual program will use virtual labs, online learning and conferencing software, and real-time conversations with Biogen and MIT employees to teach you all about biotechnology and invention with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Discover a passion for health sciences, biotechnology, invention, and innovation 
  • Experience problem finding and problem solving in ways that mirror the biotech, university, and innovation sector  
  • Expand your knowledge and laboratory skills in STEM 
  • Develop skills aligned with those that are essential to the future of work 
  • Identify your personal strengths and capabilities and next steps for growth 

Open to high school students currently in 9th – 12th grade. Priority will be given to students from low-income households and groups historically underrepresented in science.

 We will be offering 2-week long virtual sessions for high school students, who must have completed at least 9th grade by this summer:

  • Session I:  June 21 – July 2
  • Session II: July 12- July 23
  • Session III: July 26 – August 6
  • Session IV: August 9 – August 20

Cost is Free. Each session meets daily from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. EST

Online applications open on February 23rd and close on March 11th.

Applications and details can be found at:

North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR): The benefits of bioscience. The future of North Carolina.

Less than two weeks left to apply for the NIEHS STaRS Experience

Applicants for the 2020 STaRS program automatically will be considered for the 2021 program.

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2021 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2021 is a virtual one-week professional development (PD) program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  

The goals of the PD are:

  • To enhance participants’ understanding of basic research in environmental/biomedical sciences; and
  • To enable participants to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications and better support their students, including those from underserved populations.

The 2021 virtual STaRS Experience will be held online by NIEHS and will be a one-week program. The program will run from Monday, July 12, to Friday, July 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. STaRS participants are expected to attend the full one-week program. The program will contain many interactive lessons and activities with special topics relating to COVID-19. STaRS participants will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset costs to cover their time spent during the program.


  • Applicants must currently teach science in a middle school, high school or community college (Out-of-state educators are encouraged to apply); and
  • Applicants must be available and fully engaged for the full one-week program (July 12-16)

Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Apply Now →

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Spring 2021 Workshop Series

Evaluating for UnderstandingThursdays
Feb. 18, March 4 and 18, April 15from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
This week – Plants and Animals
FREE for NCSTA Members$30 for non-members includes registration and a year’s membership to NCSTACredit Card Payment Only
No need to register if you registered for Session #1
Click HERE to register if you have not registered.
A Zoom link will be sent to those who register on the day of each session.
Certificates will be provided for obtaining CEU credit.
Contact Manley Midgett at 919-218-7917 or
Presenters:Laura Lowder, Pfeiffer UniversityMichael Lowder, Stanly Community CollegeBrad Rhew, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsWarren Potts, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsManley Midgett, Meredith CollegeAngela Adams, Cumberland County Schools
Description of Sessions:
Feb 18 – Activities will be identified and explained so that teachers will know what to teach and not teach for the topics below:
Weather and Climate at grades K, 2 and 5Properties of Matter at grades K through 5
Mar 4 – Activities will be identified and explained so that teachers will know what to teach and not teach for the topics below:
Plants for grades K through 5Animals for grades K through 5
Mar 18 – Leaders will explain when to use and not use Multiple Choice test items as well as tips for writing effective items. Science Note-booking and classroom activities will be demonstrated for use in creating formative science evaluations.
Apr 15 – Leaders will share as many K-5 summative science evaluations as time allows and explain how each is effective in gauging student understanding rather than expecting memorization and rote-learning. 

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