Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Ethics & Leadership Conference

Held October 30, 2023, the NCSSM Ethics & Leadership conference is a one-day event for high school students that provides the opportunity to network with other students, participate in problem solving sessions, hear from experts in racial equity in STEM fields. This year the theme of the conference is: Racial Equity In STEM: Ethical Implications for STEM Professions. The conference is in-person. This year's Ethics and Leadership Conference invites students to explore the intersection of ethics and racial equity in STEM professions.

Why join us for this event?

Where is the event?

Event will be held in the Educational Technology Complex (ETC) on the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Durham Campus (1219 Broad Street, Durham NC 27705).  The ETC is on Maryland Ave. near the Club Blvd. Intersection.  Visit the NCSSM Website for a map and directions. 

Is it only in-person?

Yes, this year's conference will be offered in-person. 

How is the Ethics & Leadership Conference different from my normal school day?

This conference is more like a field-trip. Conference sessions are meant to be enrichment opportunities, where you can learn about ethical computing and other topics not often covered during a normal school day.

What will I be doing during my sessions?

Sessions will be fun and engaging. Participants will alternate between expert speakers and small group sessions used for brainstorming and reflection. 

What is the cost?

The conference is free. 

How many people can attend the conference?

There is space for 250 in-person participants.

Who should attend?

High school students in North Carolina are welcome to attend, along with teachers and educators acting as chaperones. 

Although the primary audience for the conference is high school students, teachers from many disciplines may choose to take part in the conference given its interdisciplinary nature. CTE and PLTW teachers, science teachers, and social science teachers may be particularly interested in the content.

Who is leading these sessions?

We'll be hearing from experts in racial equity in STEM. In-person, small group discussions will be lead by NCSSM faculty, staff, and leaders from around North Carolina

When do the sessions happen?

See the conference schedule for more details about the day. 

I’m an educator facilitating the conference at my school. What can I expect?

You will receive an educator’s guide 2 weeks before the conference. It will include all of the information necessary to facilitate the in-person conference day, and additional curriculum and lesson resources to extend your students’ learning beyond the day. 

What is the COVID-19 masking policy?

NCSSM is a 'mask optional' campus but we encourage everyone attending the event in-person to safeguard the entire community by wearing a mask, particularly during in-door portions of the event. 

Registration FAQs

How should I register for the in-person event?

Click on the in-person registration link and fill out the form on the registration page

We recommend using a personal email address that you check regularly, since many schools block email from outside sources, and you may not receive information about your sessions.

How do I register to attend virtually?

Click on the registration link for virtual attendees and fill out the form on the registration page. We recommend using a personal email address that you check regularly, since many schools block email from outside sources, and you may not receive the link to your sessions.

I've registered. Now what?

Watch your email for conference information including directions to the NCSSM Durham Campus.