Science Competition Details

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 the students will not travel internationally as they have in previous years. The expectation is that the students will compete in a virtual competition. Depending on the status of domestic travel, a trip to Washington, DC with behind the scenes tours of museums and research centers is being planned for spring, 2021.

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.

More information about the competition is available at  If you have students interested in applying, be sure to review the components of a successful STEM research project or Maker project and the scoring rubrics.


The deadline for students to submit their application and research is October 31, 2020.


Please contact me with any questions especially since the guidelines are different from those used in the past.

Contact Lisa Rhoades at the SMT Center, or 919-667-8864 (mobile).