Jan 10

International Science Challenge now open for NC students

Are you deep in the data of an exciting research project? Have you been carrying around the makings of a cool new invention in your head and just need to put pen to paper? The NC International Science Challenge (NCISC) may be just the opportunity to bring your big STEM idea to life.

Offered jointly by the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the NCISC is an annual science competition for high school students who wish to complete either a STEM research project or a Maker project. Each student (or team) will write an abstract outlining the problem their project will address and then present their data or design to a panel of esteemed engineers and scientists.

Those students selected by the panel will be invited to participate in behind-the-scenes experiences at museums in Washington, D.C., and join in special enrichment opportunities with leading scientific organizations.

Interest piqued?

Here are a few more commonly asked questions answered:

  • What is the deadline for submission? January 29, 2023
  • Can I submit work I’ve done for another project or competition? Yes! (Summer projects and team projects are acceptable as well.)
  • Who is eligible to participate? Any student attending a North Carolina high school (public or private).
  • Is there a fee to submit? No. Students are responsible for any costs associated with completing their projects, but there is no entry fee, and all costs associated with the winners’ trip to Washington are covered by the SMT Center.
  • When will I know if I won? Finalists are selected in March, winners are announced in early April, and NCISC programs and activities will commence in the late spring or early summer.

To learn more, please visit or to apply now here.