New Opportunity for Middle School Science Teachers

Dear NC Middle School Science Teachers,


We’re excited to announce new curricular materials and an associated professional development opportunity, called Crystal Island: EcoJourneys, a video game-based learning environment for middle school students focused on ecosystems. 


The I-ACT Fellows Program is seeking teachers who are interested in implementing the curricular materials and associated professional development around problem-based and collaborative learning. More information is available here or below.  

Any teacher is eligible to become a I-ACT Fellow if they:

  • teach in North Carolina or Indiana

  • will teach a middle school science course 

  • that covers ecosystems topics

  • during the 2021-2022 academic year


Participating teachers will receive:  

  • $1250 in compensation for their participation in the project ($500 following the professional development experience, and $750 after the unit is implemented 

  • Documentation for Professional Growth Points and Continuing Education Units

  • Access to EcoJourneys, the dynamic support tools, and a full curricular guide

  • Robust professional development opportunities around collaborative problem-based learning, including 3 webinars and one 2-day virtual summer institute (20 hours of professional development and coaching)

  • Dedicated technical support, instructional coaching, and a professional learning community that includes our team of expert consultants and other I-ACT Fellows 

For more information and to access the application form, please click here. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email Danielle Boulden ( or Suraj Uttamchandani (




Danielle Boulden, Ph.D. 

Research Scientist | North Carolina State University 


Suraj Uttamchandani, Ph.D. (he/him/his) 

Visiting Research Scientist | Indiana University 




Danielle Boulden, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Department of Computer Science
North Carolina State University
Pronouns: she, her, hers