Getting Started FAQs

What is CIBL?
How do I order a kit?
Do you sell kits?
I live outside of North Carolina. Can I rent a kit?
How much are the kits?
Are there grant opportunities to help pay for kits?
Do you charge for shipping?
How many students does one kit serve?
I don’t have that many students. May I receive a partial kit?
When will I be trained?

What is CIBL? Who are you?

In 2001, Drs. Steven Wainwright and Norman Budnitz at Duke University established The Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL) to help North Carolina K-8 teachers learn inquiry-based teaching practices. Today, CIBL serves schools and districts all over North Carolina with STEM kit rentals and professional development.

CIBL offers a full line of hands-on STEM kits for K-8 classrooms. At each grade level, CIBL has kits that provide additional math & ELA integrations and STEM design challenges. Additionally, many of CIBL’s kits were developed specifically to align to the North Carolina Essential Science Standards.

How do I order a kit?

We’re so glad you asked! When you work with CIBL, you will receive one-on-one customer service to help you through the process. To begin, you will need to secure funding, commonly through a purchase order, to pay for the kits. Next, you will work with Mara to determine which kits you would like to order and when you would like to receive them. CIBL rents kits on a 9-week basis, corresponding with the traditional and year-round calendars.

Do you sell kits?

CIBL does not sell kits. If your school owns kits, CIBL offers refurbishment packs to replenish consumable items.

I live outside of North Carolina. Can I rent a kit?

At this time, CIBL only serves teachers in North Carolina. Several of our kits and FUSE supplements specifically align to the North Carolina Essential Science Standards.

How much are the kits?

Our K-5 kit prices vary, but the average cost is $285 for a 9-week kit that serves 32 students. Kits with living materials require purchase of a starter kit. Starter kits are a one-time cost and stay in the classroom for use in future years. CIBL offers professional development at no charge with any kit rental.

6th grade kits are $545; 7th grade kits are $495; 8th grade kits are $595. All middle school units serve 125 students for 9 weeks. CIBL offers professional development at no charge with any kit rental.

Please contact Mara at mara (at) ciblearning.org for a full price list.

Are there grant opportunities to help pay for kits?

Please click here to see current grant opportunities.

Do you charge for shipping?

There is no charge for shipping. CIBL is required to charge sales tax on rentals and kit refurbishment pack sales. Tax rate will vary by county.

How many students does one kit serve?

The K-5 kits serve 32 students. The middle school kits serve 125 students.

I don’t have that many students. May I receive a partial kit?

CIBL cannot offer partial kits.

When will I be trained?

CIBL offers professional development on various kits throughout the year. Any upcoming training dates will be posted on our website. CIBL cannot guarantee that there will be a training session on every kit each year. Please contact Mara at 919.294.9881 or mara (at) ciblearning.org for more information on professional development.