NC Science Festival Starts Today

The North Carolina Science Festival 2013 opens on Friday, April 5, with a Statewide Star Party — public skywatching sessions (weather permitting) at more than 40 locations statewide. That’s just the beginning. For the next two weeks (through April 21), the Festival becomes a 500-mile-wide celebration of all things science in North Carolina. Among the highlights:

  • ·  regional science expos at universities and other sites
  • ·  family science nights and science guest speakers at schools
  • ·  hundreds of activities hosted by museums, community colleges, universities, parks, libraries and businesses
  • ·  NC Science Festival Day at the NC General Assembly
  • ·  an invitation-only Science Summit where government, business and education leaders will examine ways to support the role of STEM in our state’s economy —  preparing citizens for STEM careers and creating infrastructure for STEM organizations

Many of you are already involved in the Festival through the activities in your organization. For everyone else, festival organizers hope you and your students, families and friends plan to participate in some of the Festival activities. There are kayak trips, brewery tours and a few other “I didn’t think that was science!” activities along with the lab tours and guest speakers. There are even a few out-of-state guests participating in the Festival, too: TV host and “kitchen scientist” Alton Brown is performing in Durham and Charlotte, and author Sean Carroll (“The Particle at the End of the Universe”) is speaking at UNC Charlotte as part of a speaker series featuring some of UNC Charlotte’s best professors.



You’ll find a Festival program inside the News & Observer in Raleigh and the Observer in Charlotte on Friday morning. (Both papers featured the Festival in articles that were published Sunday.) The Festival’s website has a complete calendar that’s searchable by date and region. You can also follow the Festival through Twitter and Facebook for updates. (The FB page currently features the March to Science Tournament, complete with brackets — vote for the greatest scientist of all time!)


Among our goals for the North Carolina Science Festival 2013 is 300,000 participants, all excited about science! Be a part of this adventure.