Guest blog post by Julie Rhodes, North Carolina Science Festival
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.
Attention all science enthusiasts! The North Carolina Science Festival, the annual statewide Festival celebrating all things science and technology –related, is about to arrive near you!
With more than 500 events on this year’s Festival calendar, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The North Carolina Science Festival runs April 13-29, 2012.
With a mission to inspire and inform the public about the foundations and frontiers of scientific discovery, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center proudly produces the North Carolina Science Festival.
The Festival, a two-week, statewide series of programs that showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of the STEM disciplines on North Carolina. It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events, and engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring the next generation. It serves as a vehicle for encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and for businesses to invest in North Carolina.
This year the Festival is bringing three TV science personalities that you won’t want to miss. Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist and Animal Planet TV host, is coming to Greensboro; Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of PBS’s “NOVA scienceNOW,” in coming to Chapel Hill; and Adam and Jamie, hosts of Discovery Channel ‘s “MythBusters,” are coming Charlotte.
But it’s not all superstar talent at the Festival. You can get your science kicks with events like the Kannapolis Zucchini 500, the Robot Rumble in Durham, or Train Rides in New Hill! To find more events near you, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.
The 2012 Festival Champion is Time Warner Cable. 2012 Platinum sponsors include Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and SAS. 2012 Gold Sponsors include Biogen Idec Foundation, Duke Energy and News 14 Carolina. The Festival is proudly produced by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Charlotte’s Discovery Place is a key strategic partner.