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, we are pleased to provide a unique opportunity for North Carolina students to connect with peers from across the world to interact, collaborate and share scientific discoveries. In the Spring of 2024, selected students will have the opportunity to connect with peers visiting from the host country and present their work. Challenge finalists will then go on to travel to the host country in the Summer of 2024 to explore new landscapes and share scientific discoveries on an international stage.
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.
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.