Founded in 2003, the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) is an inter-university marine science research and education institute located on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The K-12 programs offered at UNC CSI align with both NC Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, the programs utilize the current research projects of UNC CSI faculty and scientists to provide students with a unique, engaging experience that will make scientific concepts relevant. Programs include field based programs and laboratory investigations.
UNC CSI offers a variety of outreach programs for middle school classes including AIG programs. Educators visit classes to conduct programming.