The North Carolina Science Festival 2013 opened on Friday, April 5, with a Statewide Star Party — public skywatching sessions at more than 40 locations statewide.
That was just the beginning. Through April 21st, 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, we hope you’ll 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. We have 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.
If you didn’t find the Festival program inside the News & Observer in Raleigh and the Observer in Charlotte last Friday morning, visit the Festival’s website http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/ for a complete calendar that’s searchable by date and region. You can also follow the Festival through Twitter https://twitter.com/ncscifest and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ncsciencefestival for updates. (Our 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! We hope you’ll be a part of the adventure.