Educational Component

Download The Echo Foundation Official 2005 Laureate Guest Curriculum Guide

High Schools:  The primary focus of A Gathering of Nobel Laureates: Science for the 21st Century is education, for public and private high school and university students. Over 7,000 students will have contact with the Laureates through lectures, panel discussions, dialogues, and classroom visits.  Students are encouraged to become actively engaged in scientific discovery prior to the Laureates’ visit. Participating students will gain knowledge of the issues addressed by the Laureates, focusing particularly on science and its humanitarian use. A Curriculum Guide including articles, biographies, bibliography, science experiments and more has been created to teach about the visiting Laureates and their work. This acquired knowledge, coupled with the inspiration ignited by the powerful presence of the Laureates, will compel students to become more scientifically literate members of society. The students will also become motivated to consider careers in the sciences and will be better equipped to function in a diverse global society with compassion and ethical consideration.   

University:  In addition to high school students, 150 doctoral students in the sciences from across the Southeast will interact with the Laureates in presentations and discussions. UNCC will model its program after the successful Nobel Laureate meetings in Lindau, Germany with scientific lectures, informal discussions, dialogues and presentations with professors, doctoral students, research associates, and invited guests and a panel discussion. While students at research universities may have the opportunity to hear a Nobel Laureate speak from time to time, the impact of a group of Laureates coupled with the access that this event will provide is extraordinary.

Scientific Committee: The 2004-2005 Echo Foundation Scientific Committee is chaired by Jim Martin, chemist and former Governor of North Carolina and Rosalind Reid, Editor ofAmerican  Scientist. The Scientific Committee, comprised of university professors, professional scientists, high school teachers and graduate students has developed a comprehensive Curriculum Guide, a resource and teaching tool that translates high-level scientific concepts into high-school-accessible ideas. Curriculum guides will assist area high school teachers in strengthening their teaching methods with hands-on course work. These resources will serve as a teaching tool to prepare students for interaction with the Nobel Laureates and can continue to be used in the schools beyond the margins of this project.  More than 5,000 curriculum guides will be distributed free of charge to the high schools throughout the county.

Art, Photography, Essay & Poetry Contest




Contest Theme: Global Scientific Discovery and Personal Responsibility


World hunger and poverty, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and environmental corruption are among the mounting global concerns confronting humankind in the 21st Century. Scientific discoveries in physics, chemistry, and medicine may provide answers to many of the world’s problems. How do scientific discoveries impact the world in positive ways? How is scientific knowledge used? What can one person do?

WHAT: Presented by The Echo Foundation, GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY offers contests in four categories:  ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, ESSAY AND POETRY.  Keeping in mind the work of the visiting Laureates Guests: Günter Blobel, Edmond Fischer, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Douglas Osheroff, Robert Richardson and Anders Bárány, students are invited to respond to the above paragraph through any of the four mentioned categories.

WHO:    The Contest is open to all Charlotte area High School Students, grades 9 – 12.

WHEN: Entry forms and submissions must be postmarked or received by The Echo Foundation at 1125 East Morehead Street, Suite 106, Charlotte, NC 28204, by 3:00PM, Monday February 14, 2005.

HOW:    Entry forms may be downloaded from the bottom of this page or obtained at The Echo Foundation office.  No student name should appear on the front of a submission and an entry form must accompany each entry.

PURCHASE AWARDS AND CATEGORIES:  First ($100), second ($75) and third ($50) prizes will be given in each of the four categories:  art, photography, essay and poetry.  All other Art and Photography entries can be reclaimed following the contest’s judging.

JUDGING AND RULES:  Educators and professionals in the corresponding fields will serve on the judging panel.  The panels reserve the right to not award a cash prize in a category if the submissions do not meet the qualifications for entry.  All written entries must be typed (double-spaced).  Word limit for essays is 1,500; poetry has no limit on length.  2-D original artwork and photography is not to exceed 36” in height or width.

For more information contact: The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844, or

email questions to [email protected]


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Art Contest Entry Form


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Additional Information


Douglas D. Osheroff Article