North Carolina International Science Challenge


The NC International Science Challenge (NCISC) is a yearly science competition for high school students. The competition requires students to undertake a STEM research project or Maker project, write an abstract explaining their research problem and present their research or project to a panel of scientists and engineers. The NCISC is offered jointly by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

This year selected students will participate in special behind-the-scenes experiences at museums in Washington as well as participate in special enrichment opportunities with a leading scientific organization.

Students who are undertaking research or design work for other competitions can use the same work in this competition. Research or design work done over the summer can be used as well as “Team” research.


View North Carolina International Science Challenge Scrapbook

A major purpose of the NCISC is to encourage excellent STEM projects. The project components are consistent with graduation project requirements and students should consider combining these two programs. “STEM project” is defined broadly and can be an investigation in any of the STEM areas: Science (physical or life), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. It may be empirical (controlled experiment) or might incorporate another design: for example, analytical or construction-based.