The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.
This year’s Science Festival begins on March 28, 2014 and runs for two weeks. There are literally hundreds of events happening all over the state for people of all ages.
Some highlights include:
- Fourteen Science Expos (from Western Carolina University to East Carolina University).
- The second annual Statewide Star Party on April 4th and 5th. Dozens of stargazing pros all over the state are ready to show you the wonder of the night sky!
- The first online event courtesy of UNC-TV.
To give you a more detailed look at the first weekend, here’s a small sampler:
- Saturday, March 29: Big Toy Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax
- Saturday, March 29: The Nanoscience of Camping Gear in Hendersonville
- Sunday, March 30: Cemetery Sleuths in Raleigh
In addition to those events, New York Times Science Writer Carl Zimmer is coming to UNC-Charlotte. There’s a family science fair at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. GO-Science is hosting an expo in Greenville — And that’s just a smattering of the first weekend!
Here are some stats for this year:
- This year’s festival has a grand total of 750 events. 410 on the public calendar, 340 at schools.
- Programs are happening in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties (223 cities/towns).
The Festival’s goal for attendance is 300,000 North Carolinians, so they hope you’ll attend events, bring your friends and family AND spread the word as we continue on our way to making North Carolina the state that does SCIENCE.