April 8-24, 2016

2016 North Carolina Science Festival

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Friday, April 8
Advanced Manufacturing & STEM Awareness Tour 4/88:30 am - 2:30 p.m.Albemarle Local high school students will be touring Stanly Community College and experiencing hands-on activities in manufacturing and industrial fields. Plus, we'll learn about career opportunities in manufacturing and technology.
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Education Days at Carowinds Amusement Park 4/89:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte With rides that go up, down and every-which-way, Carowinds is the ultimate venue for a strong understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At Education Days, students experience hands-on...
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RCCC Hands-on Science & Manufacturing Fair 4/89:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Kannapolis Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fifth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC). On Thursday, April 7th, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, April 8th, from 9 a.m.-12...
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CPCC STEM Career & Advanced Manufacturing Awareness Day 4/89:30 am - 12:00 p.m.Charlotte CPCC has been part of the greater Charlotte landscape and career-scape for more than 50 years. Visit on this special celebration and you'll get the chance to: Participate in hands-on demonstrations focused on advanced...
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Homeschool Fun Friday: Outdoor Science Mania! 4/810:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Fayetteville Build a rocket and reach new heights! Take the zip-line racer challenge and go the distance! Homeschoolers are invited to a morning of science and fun. Registration is recommended by calling 910-485-2955 ext. 1403. Grades K-12.
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Solar Observing 4/811:30 am - 1:30 p.m.Asheville Join the Astronomy Club of Asheville and the UNC Asheville Physics Department to safely observe the sun through telescopes with a variety of solar filters. We’ll see sunspots, solar prominences and more! In case of cloudy...
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The Science of Belief: A Science & Society Symposium 4/812:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Durham The mission of Science & Society is to examine the integral role of science in law, policy, social institutions and culture. This year we will be hosting a symposium focusing on the theme "The Science of Belief." The...
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Technology of Trash 4/81:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh Trash is as old as human history, but technology changes how much we make as well as how we handle it. Learn how the City of Raleigh uses technology to collect waste safely and efficiently. Track a trash truck as it moves...
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Statewide Star Party: Umstead State Park 4/81:30 pm - 3:30 p.m.Raleigh Come look closer than you ever have before at Earth’s most important, most impressive star: the Sun. William B. Umstead State Park is hosting a sun viewing party! Rain or shine, we will have activities that relate to our...
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The Science Behind the 18th Century Home 4/82:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Edenton Come enjoy STEM 18th Century-style! Join us for an exclusive, one- hour tour of the James Iredell House and Dependencies.
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Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour 4/83:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Raleigh Ever wonder what our capital’s buildings are made of? Join us for this walking tour where we will explore different rock types while visiting historic buildings, museums and other hidden nooks in the downtown area. Explore the...
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UNCW Expo: Soaring with STEAM in the Great Outdoors 4/83:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.Wilmington Join science and arts departments at UNC Wilmington for our 2016 Expo! Bring the whole family for a day of exploration with hands-on science and arts activities across campus. Meet scientists and engineers from local businesses...
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Navigation Basics at Crowders Mountain 4/84:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Kings Mountain Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival by learning the basics of compass orienteering. This valuable outdoor skill combines a little math, a little science, and a lot of healthy exercise. Folks of all ages are...
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Teen Science: Rocket Launch 4/84:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Fayetteville Come to Cliffdale Branch Library and build a rocket. Then, we'll watch our creations take off and with the power of carbon dioxide! Grades 6-12.
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Statewide Star Party: Yadkin County Park 4/85:00 pm - 11:00 p.m.Yadkinville Join members of the Forsyth Astronomy Club at the Yadkin County Park for an evening of observation! We will begin with solar observation at 5pm then transition to star and planet viewing just after sunset. The NC Science...
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State of the Sciences: Museum Takeover 4/86:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Raleigh Celebrate the fascinating work of students and faculty at NC State's College of Sciences at the College's annual State of the Sciences event. The 2016 edition will be a family-friendly takeover of the Nature Research Center at...
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National Parks Adventure Family Camp-in 4/86:00 pm - overnightRaleigh Take an adventure to America’s most incredible indoor and outdoor places with your family. Pitch tents and play at Marbles Kids Museum! Geocache through the exhibits, sing campfire songs, roast marshmallows and join the...
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Statewide Star Party: A Time for Science 4/86:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.Grifton Come join us in celebrating the heavens! Enjoy a full-dome planetarium show that will leave you knowing all about the stars, constellations and planets visible in the Spring sky. Or take a "space shuttle" hay ride through our...
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Statewide Star Party: American Tobacco Trail 4/86:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Apex Wake County Parks, ACE Ed and NC State PRT are co-hosting this 2016 Star Party themed "Find Your Way in the Sky." This free event will take place on the American Tobacco Trail at the White Oak Parking Field. All ages and skill...
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Statewide Star Party: Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 4/86:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Tryon Join us at FENCE for the Statewide Star Party! Before dark, we'll have hands-on astronomy activities for the whole family and refreshments. Once the sun sets, we'll check out the night sky with telescopes. The NC Science...
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Maker Friday: Making Cool Stuff with Technology 4/87:00 pm - 10:30 p.m.Charlotte If you are tired of doing the same old things with technology in your classroom, come check out the Maker Movement at Makerspace, Charlotte’s open community lab that incorporates elements of a machine shop, workshop, classroom,...
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Statewide Star Party: Falls Lake 4/87:00 pm - 8:30 p.m.Wake Forest Find your way in the sky AND on Earth! Join astronomers from NC State University's Astrophysics Group and the Park Rangers in exploring our own map of the night sky. Learn the differences between winter and summer constellations,...
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Statewide Star Party: Discovery Place 4/87:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Charlotte Bring the family and have an evening of stargazing, celestial viewing and astronomy activities on the top of the parking deck of Discovery Place (weather permitting).
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Statewide Star Party: Fort Macon State Park 4/87:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Atlantic Beach Join us at the Fort Macon bathhouse as we once again celebrate the Statewide Star Party for the NC Science Festival. There will be a short program with different activities while the sun is setting, then when it is dark we will...
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Statewide Star Party: Evening at PARI 4/87:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Rosman Join the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute for a special presentation on the James Webb Space Telescope by one of the Space Telescope Science Institute scientists working on its construction. This fabulous opportunity...
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Statewide Star Party: Ingram Planetarium 4/87:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Sunset Beach Stop into the Ingram Planetarium on the evening of April 8 to find your way in the sky! Learn about the endless wonders that speckle the April sky during live star presentations exploring the stars, constellations and other...
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Statewide Star Party: Neuseway Planetarium 4/87:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Kinston The Neuseway Planetarium will host an evening of fun and learning about our Solar System.  Join us for a planetarium show, star gazing on the observation deck and other fun activities planned throughout the Science Museum....
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Statewide Star Party: Fayetteville 4/87:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Fayetteville Methodist University and Fayetteville State University invite YOU to the Statewide Star Party on Friday, April 8! Multiple telescopes will be available to view anything possible in the night sky. Bring your own telescope if...
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Statewide Star Party: Hammocks Beach State Park 4/87:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Swansboro Come out to Hammocks Beach State Park and experience the thrill and excitement of the Galactic STARLAB portable planetarium, sponsored by Woodmen of the World. Learn about the solar system and all the exciting myths and mysteries...
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Statewide Star Party: Lake Mackintosh 4/87:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Burlington Join Burlington Recreation and Parks to view the stars and planets up-close and personal. The Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society will provide knowledge and telescopes to view the night sky. The evening also...
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Statewide Star Party: Imagination Station 4/87:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.Wilson Come to Imagination Station for a tour of the solar system with the Science On A Sphere, our giant animated globe. Weather permitting, the Star Party continues outside to locate planets, stars, constellations and more with the...
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Statewide star Party: Jackson County 4/87:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Sylva Ever wanted to see the Earth's Moon or the moons of Jupiter through a telescope? This April 8th will be your chance! Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics will host an evening telescope viewing...
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Statewide Star Party: Little River Park 4/87:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Rougemont Join us at Little River Park for the 4th annual Statewide Star Party for lots of hands-on activities for all ages. Gaze through high-powered telescopes and learn where to find constellations, planets and other celestial bodies in...
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Statewide Star Party: Dismal Swamp State Park 4/87:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.South Mills Dismal Swamp State Park and Merchants Millpond State Park are teaming up to bring you one "stellar" evening! This event, part of the Statewide Star Party, will be held at Dismal Swamp's Horseshoe Road tract (directions provided...
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Statewide Star Party: Weymouth Woods 4/87:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.Southern Pines Join Weymouth Woods staff at the Weymouth Center in celebrating the NC Science Festival's 4th annual Statewide Star Party. We will be outside and have ample opportunity for star-gazing as we explore this year's theme: Finding...
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Statewide Star Party: Rocky Mount Children's Museum 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Rocky Mount This evening’s gathering features special activities to engage families with the theme of “Finding Your Way in the Sky.” Of course we’ll provide telescopic views of the giant planet Jupiter, still beautifully placed in...
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Statewide Star Party: Cape Fear Botanical Garden 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Fayetteville Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Garden and gaze at the stars. There will be scheduled and continuous activities to pique the interest of all levels of astronomers. Plus meet local astronomy enthusiasts who will help you explore...
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Statewide Star Party: Wilkerson Nature Preserve 4/88:00 pm - 10:30 p.m.Raleigh Want to see the moons of Jupiter, distant galaxies and more? Join us at Wilkerson Nature Preserve where members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club will share their telescopes and knowledge of the night sky. Please park in the...
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Statewide Star Party: Hanging Rock State Park 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Danbury Join us for an evening of star-gazing fun hosted by Hanging Rock State Park. The Piedmont Astronomy Club will provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Other spectacular hands-on astronomy activities will be also be...
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Statewide Star Party: Mayo River State Park 4/88:00 pm - 11:30 p.m.Mayodan Come out and take part in the Statewide Star Party at Mayo River State Park. Park staff will be on hand with telescopes as we explore the night sky and the wonders it contains. The program begins at 8 pm and starts at the...
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Statewide Star Party: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area 4/88:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.West Jefferson Meet the Park Ranger at Mt. Jefferson for an evening of astronomy. Learn about the night sky, star charts, iridium flares and how to locate the International Space Station in the sky at home. Program will meet at the 1st...
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Statewide Star Party: Eno River State Park 4/88:30 pm - 10:00 p.m.Durham Come on out to Eno River State Park for star gazing activities, complete with telescopes and binoculars. We will help participants find celestial bodies in our skies! The NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party is...
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Statewide Star Party: Prairie Ridge 4/88:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.Raleigh Join us at Prairie Ridge Ecostation to view the stars during the Statewide Star Party! See the stars and planets through telescopes, learn about the constellations, get answers to your astronomy questions, and learn how YOU can...
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Statewide Star Party: Greensboro Science Center 4/88:30 pm - 10:00 p.m.Greensboro Join the Greensboro Science Center and members of the Greensboro Astronomy Club as we investigate the night sky, "starring" Jupiter, constellations and star clusters. We'll provide the telescopes; visitors are welcome to bring...
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Statewide Star Party: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island 4/88:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Manteo Check out the night sky at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, where you'll learn how to navigate your way among the stars and discover how you can keep your night skies dark. Program open to all ages, but pre-registration...
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Statewide Star Party: Cline Observatory 4/88:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Jamestown Join us for a public viewing session, featuring views through the 24-inch telescope under the Cline Observatory dome, as well as through additional 8-inch telescopes set up on our observing pad. Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae,...
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Statewide Star Party: UNC Charlotte 4/88:30 pm - 10:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for a free evening of star-gazing and fun astronomy activities, including a chance to view Jupiter, star clusters and nebulae with our collection of telescopes. Space is limited, so online registration is required. All...
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Statewide Star Party: Howell Woods 4/89:00 pm - 11:30 p.m.Four Oaks Join amateur astronomers for a moonless night and observe deep sky objects as well as Jupiter. Telescopes will be provided for your viewing opportunity. This a great family event. Bring binoculars if you have them as well as a...
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Statewide Star Party: Duke Teaching Observatory 4/89:00 pm - 11:00 p.m.Durham Join us at the Duke Teaching Observatory at Duke Forest for the Statewide Star Party, the kickoff event of the 2016 North Carolina Science Festival. We will have five 10" telescopes for you to look at the young Moon, Jupiter...
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Saturday, April 9
Love A Sea Turtle 5K Trail Run 4/97:00 am - 10:00 a.m.Greenville Join us for our 7th annual race! The 5k course wanders through trails at River Park North in Greenville. Funds raised will provide nature-based and STEM-focused summer programs for underserved youth. Race day registration is...
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Cabarrus Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Concord Come check out the Cabarrus Division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight where...
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Pender Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Rocky Point Come check out the Pender division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight where...
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Raven Rock Centennial Celebration Event 4/98:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Lillington Come celebrate 100 years in NC State Parks! At 8:00 a.m., the Raven Rock Trail Trek, a 10 mile, hiking challenge will begin. At 10 a.m. we will begin the Centennial Party at the Visitor Center. We will be showcasing the...
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Kayaking the Contentnea Creek 4/98:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Grifton Celebrate the NC Science Festival by getting outdoors to kayak the beautiful Contentnea Creek. This is an 8-mile paddle through a beautiful creek that flows most of the way through undeveloped land. Get up close and personal with...
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Brunswick Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Shallotte Come check out the Brunswick Division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight...
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NC DNA Day 5K 4/99:00 am - 10:00 a.m.Chapel Hill The NC DNA Day 5K is an annual run to support Science Outreach in North Carolina. Funds raised will support NC DNA Day, an annual event to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, to support North Carolina science...
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DIY Hydroponics 4/99:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte A practical day-long workshop for adults and also accompanied children (grades 4-12) in constructing and operating a hydroponic garden. Instruction in DIY construction, plant sciences and hydroponic horticulture by the staff of...
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STEM Saturdays: Mechanical Engineering Motion Commotion 4/99:00 am - 10:30 a.m.Raleigh Join us for the North Carolina Science Festival with our Mechanical Engineering program! Participants will explore the Laws of Motion as they impact Mechanical Engineering, then apply their learning to launch their own rockets!
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Science at the Union County Heritage Festival 4/99:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Monroe Don’t miss the 2016 Union County Heritage Festival!  Learn about our natural resources, native plants and wildlife, ecosystems, good gardening practices, preserving the harvest, and attaining and sustaining a healthy...
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Nature Scavenger Hunt 4/99:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Scotland Neck Sylvan Heights Bird Park offers access to over 2,000 birds from across the globe. It's also an excellent location to observe native species of birds, plants and insects. Visit the park on Saturday, April 8 for a one-of-a-kind...
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SciTech 4/99:30 am - 1:30 p.m.Winston-Salem SciTech is a STEM based event open to young adolescents in the Winston-Salem area. The event will include activities and presentations that are engaging and aligned to the North Carolina Educational Standards. The event is free...
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Playhouse BuildFest 4/99:30 am - 2:00 p.m.Boone Playhouse BuildFest offers hands-on STEAM-related activities and demonstrations for kids aged 2-12 accompanied by their parents. A “Soft Open” for kids with special needs will be held from 9-10 am. Activities include Rube...
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Engineering Day at Steele Creek 4/910:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Charlotte Come out and learn how to create theme-based LEGO projects in this hands-on robotics construction workshop. Registration is required. This program is for school-aged children (5-18 years old).
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National Parks Adventure Days 4/910:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh Celebrate National Parks Adventure 3D, the newest documentary at Marbles IMAX, with an adventure right here in Raleigh! Watch National Parks Adventure 3D-- a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the national parks and the...
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Statewide Star Party: UNC Expo 4/910:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Chapel Hill Join us as we safely look at the Sun through telescopes with solar filters. Search for sunspots and solar flares. Join in Statewide Star Party activities to help you find your way in the sky, and then check out the rest of the...
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Community Day at Carolinas Aviation Museum 4/910:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for our third annual Community Day! Admission is free for everyone! The museum will be full of hands-on, minds-on design activities. Visitors will get the chance to sit in the cockpits of our interactive Cessna 150...
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Band of Birds 4/910:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Swansboro Have you ever wondered how scientists learn about, monitor and track the bird populations of the world? Come out to Hammocks Beach State Park and learn about the bird banding monitor program that helps us answer these...
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Terrapin Tally Training & Info Session 4/910:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Wilmington Calling all citizen scientists! We need your help estimating the population of Diamondback Terrapins within the Masonboro Island Reserve! Learn more about this unique estuarine species and become involved with this effort! The...
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Weather Wonders at the NC Azalea Festival 4/910:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Wilmington Make a cloud in a bottle, investigate the water cycle, explore solar energy and make weather tools to take home! Cape Fear Museum will partner with the National Weather Service to bring exciting, hands-on weather science...
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UNC Science Expo 4/910:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Chapel Hill Think of a giant science street fair and you’ll understand the excitement of the UNC Science Expo! This signature event of the NC Science Festival offers more than 100 fascinating demonstrations, hands-on experiments, lab...
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Science Extravaganza! 4/910:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Greensboro From nano fun to animal adventures and even robot rumbles, we've got a day of science with a sampling of the best from the museum and community. Plan for a day of hands-on investigations and fun demonstrations scattered...
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Celebrate Science in Your Backyard 4/910:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Kannapolis Join us as we explore what nature has to offer in our backyard. We will be hosting a variety of organizations in our community and have many hands on activities. The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve will be presenting a special...
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NC Whales and Whaling Symposium 4/910:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Beaufort This day-long event will include several presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Participants will learn about the types of whales that can be found in our coastal waters and how some of these whales were...
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Bay Forest Discovery Hike at Jones Lake 4/910:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Elizabethtown Join a park ranger for a short hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique. Learn about the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important. Participants...
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STEM Discovery Fest 4/910:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Raleigh Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and Methodist Home for Children for our “STEM Discovery Fest.” Scholars will be able to interact with STEM companies, such as Cisco, Cree, Microsoft, Generation Yes and Tiny...
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Mountain Science Expo: Get to Know Your Nature-Hood! 4/910:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Asheville Celebrate 5 years of science in the mountains at The North Carolina Arboretum this year! The Mountain Science Expo focuses on how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are incorporated into everyday lives. From...
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In My Garden 4/910:30 am - 11:00 a.m.Fayetteville Learn about botany, growing flowers and vegetables in the garden through great stories and fun songs. Each child will plant a seed to take home to watch grow -- an experiment you can take with you!
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FIRST Robotics Competition - NC State Championships 4/910:30 am - 6:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition North Carolina State Championship! Thirty-two high school robotics teams from across the state will compete for awards and a chance to advance to the FIRST World Championships in St....
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Sidewalk Astronomy 4/911:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Rocky Mount Weather permitting, trained observers from the Cummins Planetarium will be on hand at various locations using a specially filtered telescope to provide free glimpses of sunspots and other features on the fiery surface of the Sun....
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UNC Charlotte Open Science and Technology Lab Day 4/911:00 am - 8:30 p.m.Charlotte Ever wondered what is going on in the labs at UNC Charlotte? Join researchers for a day of scheduled open labs and self-guided tours of university facilities. Please consult our website for schedule and further information.
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I Scream, You Scream, Ice Cream Science! 4/911:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Charlotte As Charlotte starts to warm up, what better way to beat the heat than with Cool Science! During this program, participants will explore melting points and create a tasty treat: ice cream in a bag! This activity is designed for...
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Soil Painting 4/911:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Greensboro Explore the colors and textures of different soil samples as we use them to paint. Join us under the Edible Schoolyard barn and grab a brush!
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Owl Pellet Dissections 4/911:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Rocky Mount Come to the museum to learn all about owls, one of our most amazing nocturnal predators! You'll investigate owl biology, owl calls, and then dissect a real owl pellet to figure out what your owl ate!
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NCCC High-Altitude Balloon Design & Launch Competition 4/911:30 am - 3:00 p.m.Hickory Ten NC Community College teams will be assembling, prepping, and launching their high-altitude balloon-carrying science payloads from Catawba Valley CC. The student teams will be judged on their designs, ability of the payload to...
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In My Garden 4/911:30 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Learn about botany, growing flowers and vegetables in the garden through great stories and fun songs. Each child will plant a seed to take home to watch grow -- an experiment you can take with you!
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Geology of the Lee Creek Mine 4/91:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Aurora Ever wonder what lies underfoot in eastern North Carolina? Come out and join us for a special one-hour talk on the geology of the neighboring phosphate mine from expert, I.K. "Tex" Gilmore, retired PotashCorp-Aurora Senior...
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Come Build with Us! Showcase for LEGO Education 4/91:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.High Point Come Build with us Showcase is in its 4th year at HPU! Participants build race cars, experience robotic animal building, build a robotic ferris wheel, experiment with circuits, make catapults, build science stories, build a...
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Earth Day in Price Park 4/91:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Greensboro Our annual Earth Day event will features lots of "Science in the Great Outdoors" -- including hands-on environmental education, technology and alternative energy displays, alternative vehicles, live animals, STEM activities,...
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Science Geek Out 4/91:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us as we fill the library with hands-on science stations geared towards ages 11-18. Explore ImaginOn's Cubic Meter Community and learn how to record scientific observations. Make your own all-natural oatmeal face scrub. Try...
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Fuel for Fun! 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Investigate foods that power your body for outdoor adventure and play. Concoct trail mix, experiment with food preservation and learn about ways to stay hydrated with guest star scientists from NC State University's FEAST (Food,...
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STEM Saturdays: Robotics II Droid Challenges 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Cary Join our program and participate by learning the basics of computer programming and applying them to design droids to complete various challenges. The program bundles designing, building, problem-solving, computer programming,...
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Lichen Or Not at Mount Mitchell State Park 4/91:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Burnsville Visit NC's State Park of the Century and meet park staff at the environmental education classroom. You'll learn to identify lichens and the important role that lchens play in an Alpine Forest. Be prepared for a short hike along...
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Expert Speaker Series: Geology of Western North Carolina 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Asheville Curious about the fascinating geologic history of western North Carolina and the Appalachians? Join Dr. Richard Wiener, geologist and professor for a crash course on bedrock, topography and continental movement.
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Brewery Tour 4/91:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Holly Springs Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the science of brewing! Tour Carolina Brewing Company, complete with a walk through of the brewing and fermentation processes, descriptions of the ingredients, details about packaging and,...
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Celebrate Science in Your Backyard 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Kannapolis Join us as we explore what nature has to offer in our backyard. We will be hosting a variety of organizations in our community and have many hands on activities. The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve will be presenting a special...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Mountain Island Branch 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Steele Creek Library 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Mint Hill Branch 4/92:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Cornelius Branch 4/92:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Cornelius Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Rookie Science: UV Detectors 4/92:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte In this program, we'll explore ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and learn what causes a sunburn. Participants will make a UV-detecting bracelet or keychain to take home. Discover the world of science through books,...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Scaleybark Branch 4/92:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Environmental Physics with ZipQuest 4/92:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Spring Lake Explore nature with physics and learn exciting facts about the amazing outdoors with a special guest from ZipQuest - Waterfall & Treetop Adventure! They're a local zipline company and have lots to say about the physics of...
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Satellite Studio Saturday 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Learn how to create digital media and produce audio and video content, while gaining experience with new technologies and devices. This program is for pre-teens and teens (ages 8-18).
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Citizen Science: Project NestWatch 4/92:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.Raleigh Ages 6-12yrs. Become a scientist for a day with us at Durant Nature Park! We'll collect data from our bluebird boxes for the citizen science project NestWatch. Investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes...
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Waking From Winter 4/92:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.Jefferson Join a Ranger for a one mile hike in search of early signs of spring. We will look for both plants and animals waking up after a long winter. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Myers Park Branch 4/92:30 pm - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Statewide Star Party: Eastern Wayne High School 4/96:00 pm - 11:00 p.m.Goldsboro Our event will include star gazing, fun activities about the great outdoors and the night sky, and a guest astronomer speaker. All students and their families in Wayne County Schools are invited to attend! The NC Science...
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Statewide Star Party: Lake Benson Park 4/96:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Garner Garner is a host site for this year's Statewide Star Party, the kickoff event for the North Carolina Science Festival. Telescopes will be available for stargazing. Activities designed to teach children and adults about our...
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Statewide Star Party: Elk Knob State Park 4/96:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Todd In our 4th annual North Carolina Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party, we will discover the heavens above through activities and telescope viewing. Learn about the vastness of the Solar System and the enormity of the...
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Statewide Star Party: Louisburg HS 4/96:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.Louisburg As a part of the Statewide Star Party, participants will go on a solar system tour, do some astronomy arts and crafts and (weather permitting) look at the night sky. Event is free and open to the general public. The NC Science...
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Statewide Star Party: Schiele Museum 4/97:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Gastonia Enjoy the wonders of the night sky through a telescopes on the football field next door at Grier Middle School, weather permitting. The NC Science Festival’s annual Statewide Star Party is made possible through the generous...
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Statewide Star Party: Carolina International School 4/97:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Concord Carolina International School is proud to host several astronomy activities for all ages, free and open to the public. Additional activities and refreshments will also be available for a small fee, to help support the school's...
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Statewide Star Party: Pilot Mountain 4/97:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Pinnacle Come join park staff and members of the Forsyth Astronomical Society as they provide a public observation to look at the stars and other heavenly bodies not always visible by the naked eye at Pilot Mountain State Park. Scheduled...
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Statewide Star Party: Cemetery Constellations 4/97:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Raleigh Join us at Historic Oakwood Cemetery after hours for a glorious glimpse of the universe! NC State University Astrophysics Club Volunteers will be on hand to help us enjoy the view of the stars. We'll also have hands-on activities...
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Statewide Star Party: Robeson Planetarium 4/97:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.Lumberton Join us at Robeson Planetarium for a Galilean evening! First, participants will see the planetarium program Galileo and the Power of the Telescope, narrated by the author of Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel.  This program...
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Wet and Wild Amphibian Night Walk 4/97:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.High Point Join Piedmont Environmental Center Naturalists for a night walk exploring the wet and wild world of amphibians. We will be hiking the trails at PEC to several known amphibian "hot spots" to listen for the calls and to observe...
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Statewide Star Party: Dark Sky Observatory 4/98:00 pm - 11:30 p.m.Summit Come spend an evening under the stars at the Dark Sky Observatory! View objects at the eyepiece of the 32" telescope, smaller telescopes and with binoculars. The celestial targets include Jupiter, double stars, star clusters and...
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Statewide Star Party: Jordan Lake 4/98:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Apex Join us for an evening of stargazing! Peek through telescopes at celestial wonders, and participate in activities to help you find your way in the sky, including laser-guided constellation tours and storytelling. This event is...
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S'More Science and 100 S'More Years of Parks 4/98:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Albemarle Do you love Parks? Do you love Science? Do you love S’Mores? If you answered yes to any of these, then join us camping at Morrow Mountain. We’ll share some old-time photos and stories dating back to 1916. Then we’ll...
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Statewide Star Party: Hanging Rock State Park 4/98:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Danbury Join us for an evening of star-gazing fun hosted by Hanging Rock State Park. The Piedmont Astronomy Club will provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Other spectacular hands-on astronomy activities will be also be...
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Statewide Star Party: Lake Norman State Park 4/98:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Statesville They look like twinkling lights, but come discover the reality of the shiny stars in the sky. Meet rangers and volunteer at the swim beach parking lot and gaze through telescopes at the night sky. The NC Science Festival’s...
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Statewide Star Party: Blue Ridge 4/98:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.Burnsville Blue Ridge Astronomy Group and Mayland Community College invite the public to attend a FREE Statewide Star Party to be held at the Blue Ridge International Dark Sky Park, located between Burnsville and Spruce Pine NC. We'll give...
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Statewide Star Party: Lookout Observatory 4/98:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.Asheville Join the Astronomy Club of Asheville and the UNC Asheville Physics Department for an evening of astronomical observing. Come view Jupiter, double stars, nebulae, clusters and galaxies through a variety of telescopes. This event...
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Statewide Star Party: Old North Durham Park 4/98:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Durham Come join Durham Parks and Recreation and North Carolina Central University as we gaze at the stars as a part of the NC Science Festival’s statewide Star Party. We'll have high-powered telescopes and knowledgeable staff to...
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Sunday, April 10
Engineering STEAM at New Hope Valley Railway 4/1010:00 am - 4:00 p.m.New Hill Come see an operational steam engine at our railway! For this special event, we'll have a day of talks and live demonstrations about rail replacement, train safety (operation Lifesaver), and docents will be in restored cars and...
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National Parks Adventure Days 4/1010:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh Celebrate National Parks Adventure 3D, the newest documentary at Marbles IMAX, with an adventure right here in Raleigh! Watch National Parks Adventure 3D-- a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the national parks and the...
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FIRST Robotics Competition - NC State Championships 4/1010:00 am - 6:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for the FIRST Robotics Competition North Carolina State Championship! Thirty-two high school robotics teams from across the state will compete for awards and a chance to advance to the FIRST World Championships in St....
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Weather Wonders at the NC Azalea Festival 4/1010:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Wilmington Make a cloud in a bottle, investigate the water cycle, explore solar energy and make weather tools to take home! Cape Fear Museum will partner with the National Weather Service to bring exciting, hands-on weather science...
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Science at the Union County Heritage Festival 4/1011:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Monroe Don’t miss the 2016 Union County Heritage Festival!  Learn about our natural resources, native plants and wildlife, ecosystems, good gardening practices, preserving the harvest, and attaining and sustaining a healthy...
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Conoce a un(a) Científico(a) (Meet a Scientist) 4/1012:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Durham Actividades prácticas entretenidas dirigidas por científicos bilingües de las universidades locales. Diversión para todas las edades. Try out exciting, hands-on activities led by bilingual scientists from local...
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Dissection Day! 4/1012:30 pm - 3:30 p.m.Charlotte We're going to take hands-on science to a new level by dissecting a different animal every hour from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. You'll be able to get an inside look at different dissection specimens and compare them to our own human...
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Gadgets & Gizmos: Gnome Homes & Water Filters 4/101:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Have you ever built a home for a gnome or helped a gnome access clean water? Collaborate with The Engineering Place, NCSU College of Engineering’s K-20 Outreach Program to design, build and test gnome homes and water filters...
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Critters Canoe Program at Merchants Millpond 4/101:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Gatesville Join a ranger on a 2-hour tour of a 760 acre bald cypress and water tupelo filled pond. We will be searching for what animals are out this spring. Frogs, turtles, birds, snakes, & alligators inhabit the pond. The vegetation...
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Salamander Hike at South Mountains State Park 4/102:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Connelly Springs Science is fun and exciting! Help us celebrate North Carolina Science Festival week by searching for salamanders. Help park rangers collect information about the salamander population in the Jacob Fork watershed. We will learn...
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A Snakey Reputation at Hammocks Beach 4/102:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Swansboro Why do snakes get such a bad reputation? You might be surprised to learn about their important role they play in certain ecosystems! Plus, snakes are beautiful creatures of habit! Join a park ranger to learn about the mystery...
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Get Hooked! 4/103:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Raleigh Join us for a lovely spring day on our lakeshore. We'll provide the bait, fishing poles and instruction to get you and your family hooked on fishing! We will be discussing the anatomy of a fish with the “Stick it to Me”...
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Stars! 4/108:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Greenboro Visit Guilford College Planetarium and Cline Observatory as we discuss the stars of our galaxy. We will begin at 8PM Sunday April 10th with a multimedia presentation about the nature of stars, their evolution, and why they are...
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Monday, April 11
Computer Basics for Adults & Seniors 4/119:00 am - 10:00 a.m.Charlotte Learn to use the keyboard and mouse, and get a basic overview of computer terms and concepts. This class is designed as an introduction to computers for people with little or no previous experience.
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Spring Planting in the Edible Schoolyard 4/1110:30 am - 11:00 a.m.Greensboro Spring is the time to plant seeds in the garden for a bountiful summer harvest! Participate in this seasonal activity with educators in The Edible Schoolyard, as we learn about the needs of plants and soil science. We’ll plant...
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Making Sense of Sound 4/1111:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us as we explore the sense of hearing with activities and crafts. We will make water xylophones, rubber band guitars and more!
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Homeschool Fun: Chat with a NASA Engineer 4/1111:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Curious about deep space? Come to meet a NASA engineer visiting us through virtual chat to discuss space exploration and what it takes to be a NASA Engineer! All students, K-12 welcome, but advanced registration is required by...
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Homeschool STEM Club: Build-a-Biome 4/111:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Fayetteville Learn all about the wetlands and build your own model to take home! Registration is required. Grades 3 - 8.
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A Fish Tale: Gyotaku 4/113:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Swansboro Learn about the wonderful world of gyotaku, a printing technique that dates back hundreds of years! We will explore about the history of fish printing and why it is so important in certain cultures. These prints help tell the...
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Afternoon Adventures: Explore Minecraft 4/114:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Huntersville Experience different elements of science including engineering, electricity, physics, earth science, and geology through the amazing video game of Minecraft. Registration is required. Please call 704-416-6031 to register.
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Reptiles Vs. Amphibians at Spring Lake 4/114:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Spring Lake Learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians with some scaly and slimy guests from Clark Park Nature Center. Registration is recommended by calling 910-497-3650. All ages.
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Science Expo at Independence Library 4/115:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte Visit Independence library for kid-friendly science activities. We'll have different stations and interactive presenters from across the region.
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Waterbugs of the Eno River 4/115:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Durham Get your feet wet at the Eno River! Assess the local water quality by wading in the water, catching waterbugs in nets, and identifying them with a simple dichotomous key. Please wear closed toed shoes. Limit 20 people. To...
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Computer Programming Workshop for Girls 4/115:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Charlotte Programming is creative and fun! This introductory, kid-friendly workshop teaches how to interactively write code with immediate visual feedback, in one of UNC Charlotte's new active learning classrooms designed for collaborative...
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Author Quincy Whitney to discuss her biography American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins—the Art and Science of the Violin 4/117:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Chapel Hill Quincy Whitney will discuss her biography American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins—the Art and Science of the Violin—a most unusual art-science-music biography about the 20th century American who did more for her field than anyone...
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Tuesday, April 12
Fact or Fiction? The Truth about Snakes 4/123:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Fayetteville Snakes are some of the most feared (and loved) animals on the planet. Learn about these misunderstood animals and the truth behind the myths and legends. This program is a part of the North Carolina Science Festival.
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Roots of Our Nutrition 4/129:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Kernersville Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden invites you to a 25-minute guided tour of our Kitchen Garden where you can sample vegetables with edible roots such as carrots, beets, radishes and more. A short presentation will follow covering...
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History of the Hubble Telescope & the Images that Have Been Captured Over 13 Billion Light Years Away 4/129:30 am - 11:00 a.m.Pembroke The University of North Carolina Pembroke, Department of Chemistry and Physics will host the event Your Future in Astronomy by Dr. John B. Herrington, Retired US Naval Aviator, former NASA Astronaut, and member of the Chickasaw...
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Lumbering By: A Hands-on Look at the Health and Critters of the Lumber River 4/1210:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Orrum This program will give park visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the Lumber River. We will be learning about the aquatic inhabitants of the river and measuring water purity. We will also be using a net to...
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When Giant Snakes Invade Your Country 4/1210:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Cornelius Davidson College Biology Professor Michael Dorcas will discuss the ecology of invasive pythons, what risk they pose to the rest of the country, and what impacts they are having on our natural ecosystems. Registration recommended;...
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Durham County Environmental Field Days 4/1210:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Bahama Attention 3rd Grade Students, Families and Teachers:  Explore Science in the Great Outdoors!  You're invited to a day of learning and fun at the Durham County Environmental Field Day Event! Students will meet eco-experts in...
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Tots & Toddler Science Story Time: Tornadoes & Clouds 4/1210:30 am - 11:30 a.m.Fayetteville Do you know what a tornado looks like or how a cloud forms in the sky? Listen to stories and watch demonstrations about the great outdoors. Make a scientific craft to take home. Ages 1-3.
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Preschool Program: All About Ants 4/1210:30 am - 11:30 a.m.Asheville This fun presentation and activity for preschoolers will be all about ants. See a live ant farm, learn how ants communicate and build your own Play-doh ant to take home.
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Daytime Astronomy with a Solar Telescope 4/1212:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Charlotte Learn about the Sun and solar observing from members of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club (CAAC) and have the opportunity to directly view our magnificent Sun using a telescope equipped with a solar filter!
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Spring Planting in the Edible Schoolyard 4/122:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Greensboro Spring is the time to plant seeds in the garden for a bountiful summer harvest! Participate in this seasonal activity with educators in The Edible Schoolyard, as we learn about the needs of plants and soil science. We’ll plant...
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Kids' Club: Biome Science 4/123:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.Fayetteville Learn all about the wetlands and build your own model to take home! Registration is required. Grades 3 - 8.
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Rookie Science: Geysers 4/124:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Charlotte Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. This month, we look at geysers and how they work. This Rookie Science program is ideally suited for children ages 5-11.
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The Magic of Water at South Branch Library 4/124:30 pm - 6:30 p.m.Creedmoor You've probably heard that water and oil do not mix. Or that oil floats in water. Why might that be? Without knowing the science, it seems like magic! But we'll learn about what's really going on, plus do hands-on science...
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Rookie Science: DIY Simple Machines 4/124:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Charlotte Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. In this program, children will complete hands-on projects as they learn about making simple cars, catapults, and squishy circuits....
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2016 Koh Lecture: Tadashi Tokieda 4/124:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Raleigh Tadashi Tokieda at Cambridge University has attracted global attention for his work connecting toys with applied mathematics. From his website: "Toy' in this context, means an object of daily life which we can find or make almost...
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EPA Nature Walk 4/124:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Durham Ever take a walk with environmental experts? Join us at the South Regional Library as we celebrate the science of nature! Get ready for environmentally-themed books, crafts and a nature walk around the library, lead by our...
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Grossology! 4/125:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Hope Mills Are you ready to get GROSS? Come discover the science of all things disgusting, repulsive, and nauseating at this hands-on family program! Grades K-5. At Grossology we will be doing the following: bobbing for spam, playing a...
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Creatures in the Creek 4/125:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Spring Lake Celebrate Science in the Great Outdoors by becoming scientists! We'll catch creatures in the creek and decide whether the water quality is good or bad based off of what we find! Please be prepared to be close to or in the water.
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Cape Hatteras Elementary Science Night 4/125:30 pm - 7:00 p.m.Buxton Cape Hatteras Elementary School's Science Night features at least 10 stations that provide hands-on activities related to STEM for elementary students and their families.  Each activity will include instructions for how the...
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History of the Hubble Telescope & the Images that Have Been Captured Over 13 Billion Light Years Away 4/126:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.Pembroke The University of North Carolina Pembroke, Department of Chemistry and Physics will host the event Your Future in Astronomy by Dr. John B. Herrington, Retired US Naval Aviator, former NASA Astronaut, and member of the Chickasaw...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: North County Regional 4/126:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Tectonic Plates, Alamance County's Science Cafe: Astropoetry 4/127:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Elon Claudine Moreau, a physics professor at Elon University, will share her astronomically-inspired poetry. Tectonic Plates meets every 2nd Tuesday at 7pm at Fat Frogg. Come and learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal...
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Film and Panel Discussion: Merchants of Doubt 4/127:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Charlotte Part of UNCC's Science and Society series, join us for a free screening and expert-led discussion of Merchants of Doubt, an award-winning documentary about anti-science politics. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a...
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Wednesday, April 13
Lake Waccamaw Water Science 4/139:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Lake Waccamaw Have you ever wanted to know just how clean Lake Waccamaw is? Join park staff and our local volunteers who regularly test the lake's water quality. You will get hands-on experience using scientific data to determine how our lake...
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Little Nature Hikers 4/1310:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Raleigh Join a nature instructor and other families for a guided walk around the park with your child. Meet other families in your community and learn about nature. We will see birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. Preregistration is...
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Reptile & Amphibian MiniBioblitz! 4/1310:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Nebo Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival! You'll explore with a park ranger in a citizen science project to find, count, and record the reptile and amphibian species found along a dedicated section of the park...
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Homeschool SciDay! Science Fair, Hands-on Science, and Chemistry SciShow 4/1310:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Jefferson It's time to get your science on! From the micro-world to the cosmos of outer space, come and explore hands-on science fun with professional scientists from Appalachian State University, local businesses, park rangers and more....
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Durham County Environmental Field Days 4/1310:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Bahama Attention 3rd Grade Students, Families and Teachers:  Explore Science in the Great Outdoors!  You're invited to a day of learning and fun at the Durham County Environmental Field Day Event! Students will meet eco-experts in...
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Preschool Swamp Romp 4/1310:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Raleigh Bring your budding naturalist to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center for an exciting learning experience!  A story, a craft, an engaging activity and a guided walk through the wetlands will awaken your preschooler's sense of wonder....
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Earth Fair on the Brickyard 4/1310:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Raleigh An epic, Earth-focused fair at NC State with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place.
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Merry-time for Tots: Whale of a Time 4/1310:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Beaufort During this hour long program preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their caregivers will take a look at whales that visit North Carolina’s coast.  Specifically the children will utilize all of their senses to help them better...
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Family Storytime: Science! 4/1310:30 am - 12:00 p.m.Charlotte Help foster a love of books, reading and science in your preschooler! After a special science-themed story time, participants can visit a variety of hands-on science experiment stations geared towards ages 5 and under. Parents...
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Inside the U.S. EPA-RTP: Campus Tour & Research Highlights 4/1311:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Research Triangle Park Come join us for a guided tour of the U.S. EPA in RTP and learn about sustainability efforts on our campus and how we protect human health and the environment. Bring your lunch or purchase lunch in our Café. We'll offer several...
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Science Lab: Earthworm Edition 4/132:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Greensboro In this special Science Festival edition of our Science Lab series, we will take closer look at earthworms! Study their bodies, observe how they move, and learn about their role in our Edible Schoolyard.
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How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse 4/133:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Fayetteville Do you fear the walking dead? Learn tips about the science of surviving any type of apocalyptic event. Lots of fun and games will be included while we devise our survival strategies. Grades 6-12.
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Chillax for Teens: Whatcha Makin' Wednesday: DNA bracelets 4/133:00 pm - 5:30 p.m.Fayetteville Learn all about the structure of your own DNA and create a double helix bracelet to take home! Grades 6-12.
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Amazing Butterflies with Special Guest Entomologist 4/133:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.Spring Lake Learn about different species of butterflies that are native to the Sandhills region with a special guest from North Carolina State University's Entomology Department. Registration is recommended by calling 497-3650. All ages.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Sugar Creek Branch 4/133:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Rubik's Cube® Competition & Mosaic Fun 4/134:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Greensboro Rubik's Cube® Competition & Mosaic Fun intertwines 3X3 cube speed-solving competitions for teams (elementary) and solo levels (elementary and middle grades). Plus groups will build a large, secret mosaic and then take a...
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GREEN SCIENCE at Thornton Library 4/134:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Oxford Join us at the Granville County Library System as we explore Green Science. We will be participating in experiments with sustainable energies and materials. Learn about new sciences that are helping to create a better world while...
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Teen Robotics: LEGO Mindstorm at Mountain Island 4/134:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Charlotte Teens will develop technology skills by building and programming LEGO mindstorm robots.
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From Page to Screen (Science Edition): The Theory of Everything 4/135:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.Charlotte Whether you already love the book or want to watch the movie before reading it, join us for the film adaptation of Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen which was released as The Theory of Everything in 2014. See the story...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Hickory Grove Branch 4/135:00 pm - 5:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Beatties Ford Road Library Family Science Night 4/135:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.Charlotte Join us for a fun-filled STEM-ulating experience that the whole family can enjoy. In celebration of the annual North Carolina Science Festival, we’ll have natural science activities for children, robotics and fire protection...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: South County Regional 4/136:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Thursday, April 14
Home School Days: Super Subs 4/1410:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Wilson Homeschoolers, this opportunity is designed for you! Dive with us under the sea as we explore the science of submersibles. In this class students will get to make their own submersible craft and test to see how it dives and...
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NC BioNetwork Mobile Lab 4/1410:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Asheboro Come aboard and participate in hands-on science activities in our high-tech mobile training lab! We will also be offering: Aquaponic Greenhouse Tours – see a working model, recently featured on the tv show Xploration Earth...
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Durham County Environmental Field Days 4/1410:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Bahama Attention 3rd Grade Students, Families and Teachers:  Explore Science in the Great Outdoors!  You're invited to a day of learning and fun at the Durham County Environmental Field Day Event! Students will meet eco-experts in...
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LIttle Explorers: Beautiful Bugs 4/1410:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Wilmington In celebration of Science in the Great Outdoors, we've picked a special bug theme for today's activity. Come explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time,...
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Preschool Science Story Time: Tornadoes & Clouds 4/1411:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Do you know what a tornado looks like or how a cloud forms in the sky? Listen to stories and watch demonstrations about the great outdoors. Make a scientific craft to take home. Ages 3-5.
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Chillax for Teens: Outdoor Science Challenge 4/143:00 pm - 5:30 p.m.Fayetteville Build a rocket and reach new heights! Take the zip-line racer challenge and go the distance! Teens are invited for an afternoon of science and fun. Registration is recommended by calling 485-2955.
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Celebrating the Full SPECTRUM of STEM Learners 4/143:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Wilmington Celebrating the Full SPECTRUM of STEM Learners involves creating an inclusive afterschool program focused on STEM activities that will be developed using a universal design for learning (UDL) framework. We are planning our...
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Reptiles vs. Amphibians 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Fayetteville Learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians with some scaly and slimy guests from Clark Park Nature Center. Registration is recommended by calling (910) 864-3800. All ages.
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OBX Egg Drop Extravaganza 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Kitty Hawk Design and construct a container to keep your egg whole after being dropped from our second level balcony. This year we will be requiring all participants to incorporate a flight design of some kind into their egg container! This...
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STEM in the Garden 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Charlotte Have you ever planted a container garden? Join us as we explore the benefits of gardening in small spaces! This program will look at the history of farms both big and small. We will explore how to "Think Globally and Act Locally"...
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Squishy Circuits: Exploring Electronics 4/144:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Fayetteville It's time to play with dough! In this hands-on program, we'll use conductive and insulating dough to create circuits that turn on lights and activate motors.
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: ImaginOn 4/144:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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The Magic of Water at Thornton Library 4/144:30 pm - 6:30 p.m.Oxford You've probably heard that water and oil do not mix. Or that oil floats in water. Why might that be? Without knowing the science, it seems like magic! But we'll learn about what's really going on, plus do hands-on science...
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It's A Science Affair 4/145:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Kinston It's A Science Affair is an event for people of all ages. Students, parents, youngsters, oldsters-- the whole community! Come on out to Southeast Elementary to explore hands-on stations that include the Science of Cookie Making,...
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Science Education and Environmental Literacy 4/146:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Boone The seminar at one of North Carolina's leading universities will explore aspects of the environment and what we can do through science education to increase environmental literacy.
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Wilderness Preparedness 4/146:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte April 14th (6-7:15 pm) – Finding Your Way – map & compass (limited to 15 participants) April 21st (6-7:15pm) – Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking (limited to 15 participants)
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Davidson Branch 4/146:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.Davidson Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Cocktails and Cosmonauts 4/146:30 pm - 10:00 p.m.Durham In honor of mankind’s first trip into space we’ll be blasting off with your favorite local mixologists and space scientists for a spin around the Universe. Enjoy themed cocktails and food samples while you tour the galaxy in...
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The World of Wind Energy 4/147:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Elizabeth City Join Craig Poff, Business Development Director for Iberdrola, a multinational public utility company, and learn about the science behind wind energy development.
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Science Cafe at River Ridge Taphouse 4/147:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Clemmons Learn about the latest groundbreaking research from a regional scientist in these free informal programs, co-sponsored by SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens. CEU credits available. Topic: “MicroRNAs in Leishmania braziliensis...
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Friday, April 15
Stanly Community College's Electronics Blast! 4/158:30 am - 2:00 p.m.Albemarle This contest is for high school electronics students to help prepare them to compete at the state SkillsUSA Contest. This event also exposes students to the facilities and labs at Stanly Community College. For more information...
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EXTREME STEM Tour 4/158:30 am - 3:00 p.m.Hickory The EXTREME STEM Tour is a unique, all-inclusive tour for 8th graders to learn about STEM careers through behind-the-scenes tours in business and industry, while additionally learning about the post-secondary education and...
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Isothermal Science & Technology Expo 4/158:30 am - 2:30 p.m.Spindale Every sixth grader from Rutherford and Polk counties -- nearly 1,000 of them! -- spends the day on campus for the Isothermal Science & Technology Expo. The event features dozens of interactive exhibits that cover virtually...
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Education Days at Carowinds Amusement Park 4/159:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte With rides that go up, down and every-which-way, Carowinds is the ultimate venue for a strong understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At Education Days, students experience hands-on...
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sciVisit 4/159:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Dallas Each April, Gaston College hosts sciVisit as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a state-wide event highlighting STEMM exploration. The purpose of sciVisit is to expose high school students to various science,...
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Nature and Sensory Play Day 4/1510:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Raleigh Come check out Durant's newest garden: the Sensory and Nature Play Garden! Nature and Sensory Play Day is a program for all ages where we engage in our senses of touch, feel, and smell.  We will have different activity stations...
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Nature's Seedlings Earth Day Celebration 4/1510:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Lillington Nature’s Seedlings is a monthly nature discovery program for ages 3 to 7. Explore the world of nature through games, exploration, interaction and crafts. April's program is all about the Earth Day Celebration and what we can...
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The Science Behind the 18th Century Home 4/152:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Edenton Come enjoy STEM 18th Century-style! Join us for an exclusive, one- hour tour of the James Iredell House and Dependencies.
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Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour 4/153:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Raleigh Ever wonder what our capital’s buildings are made of? Join us for this walking tour where we will explore different rock types while visiting historic buildings, museums and other hidden nooks in the downtown area. Explore the...
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Building with Straws 4/153:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.Fayetteville Children can create engineering marvels using plastic or paper straws and Strawbees. Registration is required by calling 483-7727 ext. 1351.
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GREEN SCIENCE at South Branch Library 4/154:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Creedmoor Join us at the Granville County Library System as we explore Green Science. We will be participating in experiments with sustainable energies and materials. Learn about new sciences that are helping to create a better world while...
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Lean In, Women in Science 4/155:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.Durham High school and college students, join us on NCSSM's campus for a one-of-a-kind panel discussion and dinner event. Meet women who are accomplished leaders in science. The evening starts with a moderated conversation and lively...
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NC BioNetwork's Sci-Fi Movie Myth Buster 4/156:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Raleigh Watch a science fiction movie with an expert to find out what's accurate, what's possible, and what's just plain old fun fiction! After the movie, play science trivia for great prizes and enjoy more popcorn and snacks.
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GTCC Science Building Open House 4/156:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.Jamestown This event is an free evening of interactive demonstrations and short presentations in chemistry, physics, engineering, geology and biotechnology. Concurrent sessions are offered repeatedly, so that participants can move from...
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Statewide Star Party: Carolina Beach 4/157:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Carolina Beach Join Carolina Beach State Park, Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Astronomy Society and other community partners for a fun-filled evening of stargazing and astronomy-themed activities! Experience laser-guided constellation tours,...
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Catch a Shooting Star at Kerr Lake 4/157:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.Henderson Come and join a Park Ranger for an astronomy program under the stars! Learn the techniques/mechanisms for looking at stars, pointing out different constellations, and identifying specific stars. We may get a good view of the moon...
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Saturday, April 16
Alamance Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Graham Come check out the Alamance division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight where...
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Buncombe Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Black Mountain Come check out the Buncombe division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight where...
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Cumberland Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Hope Mills Come check out the Cumberland division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight...
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EV Challenge STEMcycle competition 4/168:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh To energize high school students about engineering through a real world electric vehicle program. The Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge is an incredibly inspiring and high profile education program where high school...
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Wake-Leesville Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Come check out the Wake-Leesville division A Science Olympiad tournament! Division A is for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! where teams make rockets from soda bottles, First In Flight...
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STEMville Science Symposium 4/168:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Chapel Hill Join us for the 3rd annual STEMville Science Symposium, a science conference designed for children in fourth through seventh grade. Located at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the heart of UNC-Chapel Hill's campus, this...
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1st Annual Science at the Market Day 4/168:30 am - 12:30 p.m.Sylva Meet us at the Farmers Market! Western Carolina University's (WCU) Department of Chemistry and Physics in partnership with the Jackson County Farmers Market (JCFM), is hosting the first annual “Science at the Market Day”...
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iNaturalist BioBlitz 4/169:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Greenville Help us catalog the flora and fauna of River Park North! Join Love A Sea Turtle and the staff at River Park North as we crowdsource GPS tagged photos of wildlife you take with your phone. iNaturalist BioBlitz is a free smart...
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STEM Saturdays: Mechanical Engineering Motion Commotion 4/169:00 am - 10:30 a.m.Raleigh Join us for the North Carolina Science Festival with our Mechanical Engineering program! Participants will explore the Laws of Motion as they impact Mechanical Engineering, then apply their learning to launch their own rockets!
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LEGO Robotics Workshop 4/169:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for one of two day-long workshops for kids grades 3-12. You'll get introduced to robotics with expert guidance. Participants will design, build and program their own robot creations using LEGO Mindstorms and customized...
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Buncombe County Schools: Celebrating STEM 4/169:30 am - 3:00 p.m.Asheville Come visit Buncombe County's Nesbitt Discovery Academy! K-8 students can participate in a variety of STEM activities from parachutes design to robotics. You'll also be able to visit our Geo-Dome and see a weather balloon launch!
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Citizen Science Day at Kathleen Clay 4/1610:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Greensboro It's National Citizen Science Day! Come to Price Park to learn how to identify plants and animals with local experts. Then explore our 98-acre park and take pictures with your camera (and potentially upload them) as part of...
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Citizen Science Fest 4/1610:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh Want to get involved in real science? Join us at Prairie Ridge on National Citizen Science Day to become a citizen scientist! We'll jump start your citizen science adventure by giving you hands-on experience in a variety of...
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Bay Forest Discovery Hike at Jones Lake 4/1610:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Elizabethtown Join a park ranger for a short hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique. Learn about the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important. Participants...
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Earth Day Celebration: Sylvan Heights Park 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Scotland Neck Sylvan Heights will host an Earth Day Celebration to bring awareness and educate the public on how they can be better stewards of the earth’s resources. This will be a free event with park admission and will run from 10am-2pm....
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Blackbeard: The Science of Pirates 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Greenville What use does a pirate have for science? Visit the QAR Conservation Lab Open House and find out! See the ongoing conservation of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Learn how conservators and...
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ReadFest: Backyard Science with NHC Public Library 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Wilmington In partnership with the NC Science Festival, this year, this community-wide celebration is going to feature hands-on science! Come play, learn, and explore with your child as we have lots of fun with backyard science. We will be...
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Tar, Pitch and Turpentine: Science & Living History in Grifton 4/1610:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Grifton This living history program examines the practices and context of the North Carolina naval stores industry from its beginnings in 1705 through its decline in 1950.Brian Avery will conduct live demonstrations of traditional...
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Whirligig Spinout 4/1610:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Wilmington Art and Science come together in this exciting day of design and creation! Parents and their children are invited to work together to create their own unique mini-whirligigs using clean recycled materials and child-appropriate...
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STEMlympics 4/1610:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte The challenge is on! Get ready to think out-of-the-box as you face a series of STEM challenges that explore multiple engineering and design processes. Work with new tools, technology and simple materials to come up with a...
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Spring Wildflower Hike 4/1610:30 am - 12:00 p.m.Raleigh Spring means wildflowers! But sometimes you need a guide to find them. Join us to learn more about these interesting plants, their stories and uses as we take a leisurely hike through the Nature Preserve. Children welcome with...
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Paleo-Chat 4/1611:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Wilson Take a step back in time with Imagination Station as we learn from professional paleontologist about prehistoric life and the field of paleontology. While visiting be sure to stop by the activity tables, search for your own...
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Soil Painting 4/1611:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Greensboro Explore the colors and textures of different soil samples as we use them to paint. Join us under the Edible Schoolyard barn and grab a brush!
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Dismal Swamp's (Not Your Average) Nature Hike 4/1611:00 am - 1:00 p.m.South Mills We'll observe, photograph, and document as many plant and wildlife species as we can. This could include any plant, insect, or animal species. Field guides and binoculars are available through the park office, but you're welcome...
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Super Science Funfest 4/1612:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Fayetteville Enjoy a spring afternoon filled with hands-on science activities presented by Fascinate-U Children's Museum and their partners. Come pet friendly snakes, make colorful slime and giant bubbles, watch awesome chemical reactions and...
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2nd Annual Science, Science Everywhere! 4/1612:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Greensboro UNCG’s second annual science celebration, Science, Science, Everywhere!, will engage the Triad community in exploring the science all around them. Young people and their families will be exposed to new and interesting...
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Kids Code 4/161:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Raleigh Explore ways coding makes fun happen and helps solve problems through hands-on play with Marbles STEM Play Corps and community partners. Get the lowdown about coding at a Kids Code 411 , a short, inspirational and interactive...
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Brewery Tour 4/161:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Holly Springs Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the science of brewing! Tour Carolina Brewing Company, complete with a walk through of the brewing and fermentation processes, descriptions of the ingredients, details about packaging and,...
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STEM Saturdays: Robotics II Droid Challenges 4/161:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Cary Join our program and participate by learning the basics of computer programming and applying them to design droids to complete various challenges. The program bundles designing, building, problem-solving, computer programming,...
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Whooo's Wild About Owls? 4/162:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.New Hill Join CLAWS, Inc, a local wildlife rehabilitation facility, for a fun, interactive program about these fascinating birds of the night! Meet our three native owls up close, learn about their unique adaptations which make them great...
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Kinetic Creations 4/162:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.West Jefferson We're bringing the beach to you! Children will work together to create a large batch of kinetic sand and then take some home to keep! We will combine play sand, cornstarch, dish soap, and water to create the sand.  Experience...
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Let off some STEAM! 4/162:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Cornelius Celebrate Earth Day early with hands-on STEAM activities that incorporate all things green. Build a plastic bottle terrarium, create a seed mosaic, and construct a mini paper mache earth globe. Registration required!
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Reptiles & Amphibians of North Carolina 4/162:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Davidson Join Meagan Thomas of Davidson College Biology Department for a discussion of North Carolina reptiles and amphibians that will feature live animals. Come get a close-up look at some of your scaly neighbors! Registration...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Plaza Midwood Branch 4/162:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Satellite Studio Saturday 4/162:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Learn how to create digital media and produce audio and video content, while gaining experience with new technologies and devices. This program is for pre-teens and teens (ages 8-18).
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Paleo-Chat 4/162:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Wilson Take a step back in time with Imagination Station as we learn from professional paleontologist about prehistoric life and the field of paleontology. While visiting be sure to stop by the activity tables, search for your own...
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Nature's Notebook Hike 4/163:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Southern Pines Saturday, April 16 is national citizen science day! Come out and become a citizen scientist as we collect life cycle data for Nature’s Notebook! See what’s happening in the world of flora this month on this 1.5-mile hike and...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Matthews Branch 4/163:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Matthews Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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The Science of SCUBA Diving 4/164:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Greenville Join Rum Runner Dive Shop for a presentation on the scuba science of diving, including an opportunity to "Try SCUBA". SCUBA diving entails understanding scientific principles including Boyle's law, Dalton's Law and Archimedes'...
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Enjoy Medoc's Night Skies! 4/167:30 pm - 10:00 p.m.Hollister Ever wonder what happens at Medoc Mountain State Park after dark? As one of the premier locations in North Carolina to observe the night sky, it is a favorite spot for star gazing! Join us on the field by the Picnic Shelter...
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Night Skies at Pettigrew State Park 4/167:30 pm - 9:30 p.m.Creswell Join a park ranger at Pettigrew State Park for an evening of astronomy. We will have telescopes, star guides, and special guest astronomers. The program will began at the main office parking lot. This is a free program and fun...
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Stargazing at SciWorks 4/168:00 pm - 11:00 p.m.Winston Salem Join Forsyth Astronomical Society and SciWorks for a free astronomy observation in the SciWorks parking lot. Professional grade telescopes will be provided. In case of bad weather, call SciWorks at (336) 767-6730 after 5 pm...
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Jupiter, the Moon and the Lion Observing Session 4/168:00 pm - 10:30 p.m.Rosman Join us for a special sky watching session and enjoy an evening of observing Jupiter, the Moon and the Lion through optical telescopes at PARI's dark sky site deep in the mountains of western NC.
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Sunday, April 17
LEGO Robotics Workshop 4/179:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte Join us for one of two day-long workshops for kids grades 3-12. You'll get introduced to robotics with expert guidance. Participants will design, build and program their own robot creations using LEGO Mindstorms and customized...
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Family Science Day at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher 4/1710:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Kure Beach Visitors are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through exhibitors and presentations. The Aquarium will be filled with non-profit and community organizations sharing hands-on activities and...
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Environmental Engineering: Stow It Don't Throw it! 4/171:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Greenville Create your own monofilament recycling container. We'll repurpose empty tennis ball containers into personal size fishing line recycling bins. Make your own to take with you OR help us assemble a large quantity for free...
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Bacteria 101: Microbes in Disease and Health 4/171:30 pm - 2:30 p.m.Charlotte Join Dr. James Oliver, Bonnie E. Cone Distinguished Professor of Microbiology at UNC Charlotte, as he discusses the fascinating world of bacteria. Discover what extreme things they can do, the amazing environments they can...
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Geology Walk 4/172:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Asheville Explore downtown Asheville on foot with a guided tour of its architectural features and learn all about their geologic stories.
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Our Hungry Plants 4/172:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Swansboro Plants get hungry too, right? What do they eat? Candy? Pizza? Bugs? Join a park ranger to learn about the energizing process plants go through just to eat! We will look at what plants need just to survive in their habitats. Is...
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LEGO Free Play at North Regional 4/172:30 pm - 3:30 p.m.Fayetteville If you build it, they will come. Use your engineering abilities to make marvelous LEGO and DUPLO creations. Let's put our engineering skills to the test and get super-creative! All ages. Be sure to check out all the NC Science...
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Busy Bees & Pollinator Pals 4/173:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Southern Pines Every wonder how a flower becomes a fruit? Learn about the importance of pollinators and how to adapt your garden for attracting the locals through a combination of lecture and pollinator-themed fun! We’ll also talk about the...
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Raleigh Civic Symphony Performs The Great Animal Orchestra 4/174:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Raleigh The Raleigh Civic Symphony presents a performance of The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony: A Symphony For Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes. Intriguing, entertaining and deeply moving, the music combines the recorded sounds of...
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Monday, April 18
2nd Annual Science Week 4/189:00 am - 5:30 p.m.Holly Springs Following on from our hugely successful Science Week last year, The New School Montessori Center will present its second annual Science Week from Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd, at the school's Holly Springs campus...
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River Guardian Environmental Symposium 4/189:30 am - 2:00 p.m.Greenville Love A Sea Turtle will host an Environmental Symposium for students participating in the River Guardians water monitoring project. This celebration and reflection event will bring together scientists, environmentalists,...
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In My Garden at Headquarters Library 4/1811:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Learn about growing flowers and vegetables through stories and songs. Each child will plant a seed to take home and watch as it grows. Ages 3-5. Registration is required by calling 483-7727 ext. 1351. This program is part of the...
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Retro Weaponry Design Challenge 4/183:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Charlotte Build a catapult and trebuchet to use as springboards for discussion on acceleration, gravity, physics, and energy.
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Wildlife Around Us at Spring Lake 4/184:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Spring Lake Learn about the different wildlife that can be found locally with a special guest from Carver's Creek State Park. Registration is recommended by calling 910-497-3650. All ages.
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Teen Science: Geysers at Cliffdale 4/184:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Fayetteville Have you ever made a homemade geyser? Now is your chance! Come to Cliffdale to learn about how geysers work as we experiment with Mentos and diet soda. This program is for grades 6-12.
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Afternoon Adventures: LEGO Building Showcase 4/184:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Huntersville Come create structures from LEGOS utilizing your creativity and skill. Structures will be displayed in the library. Registration is required. Please call 704-416-6031 to register.
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I Want a Robot 4/186:30 pm - 7:00 p.m.Fayetteville Have some robot fun with stories, song, and activities like tinkering with a remote-control craft! Registration is encouraged by calling 910 822-1998 ext. 1450. Ages 3-5 and grades K-2.
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Science and Society Panel: Healthy Aging 4/187:00 pm - 8:30 p.m.Charlotte Join us for a panel discussion on the current science and medicine of healthy aging, featuring UNC Charlotte researchers in the field.
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Tuesday, April 19
2nd Annual Science Week 4/199:00 am - 5:30 p.m.Holly Springs Following on from our hugely successful Science Week last year, The New School Montessori Center will present its second annual Science Week from Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd, at the school's Holly Springs campus...
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Tots and Toddlers Story Time: Woodland Animals 4/199:30 am - 10:00 p.m.Fayetteville Listen to fun stories and make arts and crafts while learning about woodland animals and the habitats they live in. Ages 12-36 months.
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Preschool Science Celebration 4/1910:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Fayetteville Preschoolers will learn about animals that live in Fayetteville and meet a special guest who will show off real stuff animals. This program is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.
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Preschool Science & Nature Expo 4/1910:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Fayetteville Preschooler, get ready to participate and listen to special guests who will show taxidermied animals and other natural resources indigenous to the Fayetteville area! This program is designed for children, ages 3-5.
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Preschool Story Time: Woodland Animals 4/1910:30 am - 11:30 p.m.Fayetteville Listen to stories and make a craft while learning about woodland animals and their habitats. This program is designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
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Mini Bioblitz at Lake James State Park 4/191:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Nebo Join us in celebrating the North Carolina Science Festival by joining a park ranger in a citizen science project to identify, count, and record as many species we can find! All species of animals you can think of will be our...
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World IP Day 2016 4/191:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.Durham Digital Creativity: Culture Re-imagined World IP Day was launched to promote and protect creative ideas, including music, art, trademarks, writings, and inventions. It is celebrated all over the globe every April to promote...
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Frogs and Toads 4/192:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Ages 3-5yrs.What are frogs and toads? Let's find out together! We'll take a short walk to find frogs and toads in the park, then make a 'toadally' awesome craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free....
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Let's Learn about Outdoor Survival 4/193:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Fayetteville Learn how to prepare for and survive in the outdoors. Skills such as fire building and shelter construction will be included. Grades 6-12.
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Little Sprouts - Soil 4/193:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Greensboro Join us in the garden as winter turns to spring! In this hands-on preschool program, we will explore The Edible Schoolyard together, playing and learning all along the way. This garden series will focus on a different theme each...
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Plant Your Own Garden: Teen Edition 4/195:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Fayetteville Find out what it takes to make a plant grow by planting your own garden to take home! Registration is highly recommended for this botanical extravaganza!
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Pond Play 4/195:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Greenville Show your support for our most important natural resource: WATER! Participate in day of free family fishing, kayak and canoe demos, water quality testing, and aquatic invertebrate collection. NC State fishing license...
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Mission to Mars Family STEM Night 4/196:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.Burlington Come out for our fun, engaging, hands-on Mission to Mars Family STEM Night! Spend the evening exploring STEM activities for children and adults of all ages! Blessed Sacrament School and the Alamance Makers Guild provide an...
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Wednesday, April 20
Super Science Day Camp: Into the Deep 4/201:30 am - 4:30 p.m.Wilson Less than 5% of the ocean has been explored to date. Dive in with ISSHM as we explore the world’s oceans. Topics covered include marine life, currents, and the geology of the ocean floor. We offer Super Science Day Camps...
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2nd Annual Science Week 4/209:00 am - 5:30 p.m.Holly Springs Following on from our hugely successful Science Week last year, The New School Montessori Center will present its second annual Science Week from Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd, at the school's Holly Springs campus...
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STEM at Wake 4/2010:00 am - 3:30 p.m.Winston-Salem Wake Forest University hosts the 3rd annual STEM at Wake Laboratory Tours as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. STEM at Wake provides high school students the opportunity to interact with leading researchers at a...
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Shark Film Festival 4/2010:00 am - 7:00 p.m.Greenville Visit between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to enjoy a rotation of films by leading ocean conservationists such as Guy Harvey and check out Shark Girl,  a Smithsonian Channel's documentary about a fearless 21-year-old Aussie, Madison...
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College of Engineering "Maker Faire" Expo 4/2010:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Greensboro This all-day "Maker Faire"event will engage students and staff from middle and high schools in hands-on activities and project-based learning in key science and engineering areas, facilitated by engineering researchers at North...
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Preschool Science Celebration 4/2011:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Preschoolers will learn about animals that live in Fayetteville and meet a special guest who will show off real stuff animals. This program is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.
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Preschool Science & Nature Expo 4/2011:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Fayetteville Preschooler, get ready to participate and listen to special guests who will show taxidermied animals and other natural resources indigenous to the Fayetteville area! This program is designed for children, ages 3-5.
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Beachcombing 101 4/201:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Kure Beach Are you ready for some Shell Science? Come and join us in the classroom as we display, discuss, and identify most of the shells found commonly on the Fort Fisher beach. Then we will go out on the beach and test our ID skills....
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Science Lab: Earthworm Edition 4/202:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Greensboro In this special Science Festival edition of our Science Lab series, we will take closer look at earthworms! Study their bodies, observe how they move, and learn about their role in our Edible Schoolyard.
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Rookie Science: Coding Unplugged with Binary Bracelets 4/202:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte In this program, learn about computer science and coding to create your own bracelet using Binary Code. Come to the library to discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments....
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Rookie Science: Human Biology 4/203:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Charlotte Have you ever stopped to think about how amazing the human body is? Our organs are so important and they rely on each other to keep our bodies healthy. We will be constructing a model to show us how blood circulates through the...
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Cool Crush 4/203:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte As Charlotte starts to warm up, what better way to beat the heat than with Cool Science! In this program, participants will observe the power and force or air pressure as they experiment with hot water, ice, and a plastic bottle.
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Create Your Own Seed Bombs! 4/203:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.Fayetteville What better way to celebrate Science in the Great Outdoors than by learning about flowers and seeds, then spreading them near your home? Come to the library and get ready for spring and flower planting by creating your own...
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Investigating Tracks, Scat and Skulls 4/204:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.New Hill More often than not wildlife is aware of us long before we see them, if we see them at all. The best way to discover what animals are in your area is to identify their tracks and scat and look for other signs of their...
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Botany of a Park 4/204:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Harrisburg Have you ever wonder why certain plants are chosen to be in a park? Did you know everything from the grass to the flowers to trees to the bushes were all carefully selected? Join us in Harrisburg Park as the head of the park...
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Great Apps to Expand Your Horizons 4/204:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Spring Lake We're serving up some great apps at Spring Lake Branch Library. Only these apps will help you to explore the great outdoors on your mobile device! This program is for all ages and is a part of the North Carolina Science Festival.
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Living on the Edge: Life in Boiling Water, Hot Acid, and Possibly Other Planets 4/206:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Raleigh A family-friendly evening science event like no other! Our headliner is NCSU Professor Bob Kelly who will be talking all about the Science of Hypethermophiles. He will be discussing their lifestyle, show examples of his work,...
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Great Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn 4/206:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte Winners of the library branch Great Egg Drop challenge will gather at ImaginOn to drop their egg contraption off the second floor balcony of the library. Victory goes to the egg that does not crack under pressure.
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Shark Talk with Wendy Benchley 4/207:00 pm - 8:30 p.m.Greenville Learn more about sharks! Enjoy an evening with local shark expert, Chuck Bangley, an ECU shark and coastal resources specialist. Following his presentation and Q&A, Wendy Benchley, conservationist and co-founder of the Peter...
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Thursday, April 21
Cumberland County Schools & Sustainable Sandhills Earth Day Celebration 4/218:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Fayetteville A plethora of phantasmagorical environmental activities of art, healthy living and eating, technology, mental, sensory and tactile celebrations of all things EARTH for Earth Day! Local, regional and state environmental educators...
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Gateway To Science 2016 4/219:00 am - 4:30 p.m.Greensboro Our team of graduate students is ready to blow your minds with amazing demonstrations and experiments! You'll get the chance to watch short videos about our work, tour our state-of-the-art facility, see over 15 labs and the only...
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Roots of Our Nutrition 4/219:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Kernersville Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden invites you to a 25-minute guided tour of our Kitchen Garden where you can sample vegetables with edible roots such as carrots, beets, radishes and more. A short presentation will follow covering...
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2nd Annual Science Week 4/219:00 am - 5:30 p.m.Holly Springs Following on from our hugely successful Science Week last year, The New School Montessori Center will present its second annual Science Week from Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd, at the school's Holly Springs campus...
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Weather and Climate at NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information 4/219:30 am - 11:30 a.m.Asheville NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information-Asheville and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (CICS-NC) will host an outreach event for 5th and 6th graders focusing on weather and climate, and related...
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It's Never too Early to Get Excited About Math! 4/2110:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Franklin It's never too early to get excited about math!  Join us from 10-11 AM at the Macon County Public Library for a math-themed storytime for children from 0-5 years old.  Storytime will focus on counting, shapes, patterns and...
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Military Technology: Sound Waves & Radio Waves 4/2110:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Fayetteville Students will learn about advances in military technology through activities that show the difference between sound waves and radio waves. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities such making a string telephone and...
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Little Explorers: Budding Beauties 4/2110:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Wilmington In celebration of the NC Science Festival's theme of Science in the Great Outdoors, come explore the world around us with hands-on activities, experiments and fun in Museum Park! Enjoy interactive story time, exploration stations...
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Bonnie Doerr, Eco-mystery Author, Comes To Greenville 4/2110:00 am - 11:30 a.m.Greenville A selected group of sixth grade students will join North Carolina eco-mystery author, Bonnie Doerr, for a morning of ecological research and writing discussion. Recent books include Island Sting and Stake Out. A new book, Tangled...
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STEM+C Made Fun! 4/2110:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Cary Using cutting edge technology, visitors will see creations come to life both digitally in a 3D environment and physically through printed 3D models that they can participate in creating with hands on activities. Visitors will...
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STEM at Wake 4/2110:00 am - 3:30 p.m.Winston-Salem Wake Forest University hosts the 3rd annual STEM at Wake Laboratory Tours as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. STEM at Wake provides high school students the opportunity to interact with leading researchers at a...
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Weather and Climate at NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information 4/211:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Asheville NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information-Asheville and the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (CICS-NC) will host an outreach event for 5th and 6th graders focusing on weather and climate, and related...
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Get on the Path to Math! 4/211:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Franklin Get on the path to math!  Join us from 1-2:30 PM at the Macon County Public Library for a math-themed program for elementary school aged children (grades K-6).  Children will enjoy hands-on activities, such as building 3-D...
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Future of Food: RCC Aquaponic Tours 4/211:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Asheboro Recently featured on the nationally syndicated television show Xploration Earth 2050, our Aquaponics Labs are a great way to get a glimpse of the future of food. Come see how we explore the sustainability of raising fish and...
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Great Egg Drop Challenge: University City Library 4/213:00 pm - 4:30 p.m.Charlotte Use science and skill to design a system that will protect a raw egg from cracking during a fall. The winning designs from each library branch will advance to compete at the Egg Drop Finale at ImaginOn on April 20th.
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Greene County Schools STEM Expo 4/213:30 pm - 7:00 p.m.Snow Hill Greene County Schools hosts its 3rd Annual STEM Expo to celebrate K-12 student learning in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM partners including local, regional and state educational institutions, organizations, and...
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Digital Storytelling: Create Your Own Meme 4/214:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Matthews Learn how to use images and digital media to tell stories. Explore and practice with technology to create your own meme. Registration is required.
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ECU Earth Day Expo 4/214:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Greenville Our Earth Day Expo will have interactive events for the whole family. Researchers from numerous ECU departments and local organizations will have displays and activities available on topics related to biodiversity. There will be...
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Robotics with Cubelets & LEGOs 4/214:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.Fayetteville Explore the principles of robotics by experimenting with Cubelets and building and programing a LEGO robot.
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Tween Science: Plant Your Own Garden at Bordeaux Branch 4/214:30 pm - 5:30 p.m.Fayetteville Find out what it takes to make a plant grow by planting your own garden to take home! Registration is recommended.
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It's A Science Affair 4/215:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Kinston It's A Science Affair is an event for people of all ages. Students, parents, youngsters, oldsters-- the whole community! Come on out to Southeast Elementary to explore hands-on stations that include the Science of Cookie Making,...
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National Ocean Sciences Bowl 4/215:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.Morehead City The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is an academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education. It introduces high school students to and engages them in ocean...
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Eco-Friendly Planters: Upcycle Your Garden 4/215:30 pm - 7:00 p.m.Kannapolis Let your creativity run wild, while protecting the environment with upcycled planters for your backyard or windowsill. From newspapers to plastic soda bottles, make your trash into something useful and beautiful. Learn tips about...
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Wilderness Preparedness 4/216:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.Charlotte April 14th (6-7:15 pm) – Finding Your Way – map & compass (limited to 15 participants) April 21st (6-7:15pm) – Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking (limited to 15 participants)
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Engineering and Maker Faire 4/216:00 pm - 7:30 p.m.Concord This evening is an opportunity for our students to show off their genius side! Representatives from each class will present their Genius Hour projects and Maker Space creations. All participants will have the opportunity to...
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Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge 4/216:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.Davidson Can you build a tower out of spaghetti? Come find out at our 1st Annual Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge! Teams will compete in a timed challenge for a grand prize. Registration is required; please call 704-416-4000 for more...
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It's Math Party Time! 4/216:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.Franklin It's math party time!  Children and parents are invited to join us in their pajamas from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Macon County Public Library for a math-themed storytime, snacks and activities.
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Family Nature Night: Everybody Eats! 4/217:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.Raleigh In celebration of the 2016 NC Science Festival, we'll be exploring the Science in the Great Outdoors through the eyes of animals and their appetites. We'll enjoy games and activities to discover how animals in the wild search for...
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Friday, April 22
Cumberland County Schools & Sustainable Sandhills Earth Day Celebration 4/228:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Fayetteville A plethora of phantasmagorical environmental activities of art, healthy living and eating, technology, mental, sensory and tactile celebrations of all things EARTH for Earth Day! Local, regional and state environmental educators...
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Future of Food: RCC Aquaponic Tours 4/228:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Asheboro Recently featured on the nationally syndicated television show Xploration Earth 2050, our Aquaponics Labs are a great way to get a glimpse of the future of food. Come see how we explore the sustainability of raising fish and...
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National Ocean Sciences Bowl 4/228:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Morehead City The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is an academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education. It introduces high school students to and engages them in ocean...
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Advanced Manufacturing & STEM Awareness Tour 4/228:30 am - 2:30 p.m.Albemarle Local high school students will be touring Stanly Community College and experiencing hands-on activities in manufacturing and industrial fields and learning about career opportunities in manufacturing and technology.
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5th Grade Science Celebration 4/228:30 am - 2:00 p.m.Gastonia For this event, high school students will create hands on learning activities for 5th grade students. Students will rotate from station to station to activities that are based on the vertical alignment curriculum standards for...
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2nd Annual Science Week 4/229:00 am - 5:30 p.m.Holly Springs Following on from our hugely successful Science Week last year, The New School Montessori Center will present its second annual Science Week from Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd, at the school's Holly Springs campus...
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Earth Day with Trees Charlotte 4/229:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Learn about ways we can all help the Earth. Celebrate all the things that make our earth diverse. Trees Charlotte will be here to pass out tree seedlings to keep the Charlotte canopy growing.
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RTP STEM Expo 4/229:00 am - 2:00 p.m.RTP Dozens of organizations will come together for the second annual RTP STEM Expo to engage invited students in a number of activities focused on increasing exposure and building confidence in STEM fields. US2020 RTP is partnering...
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Education Days at Carowinds Amusement Park 4/229:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte With rides that go up, down and every-which-way, Carowinds is the ultimate venue for a strong understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At Education Days, students experience hands-on...
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AppState STEAM Expo 4/229:00 am - 2:30 p.m.Boone Teachers and home-schoolers: bring your 6th-12th grade students to Appalachian State for the ultimate STEAM field trip. The main Expo floor is an open house with exciting, hands-on booths representing astronomy, biology,...
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STEM+C Made Fun! 4/2210:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Cary Using cutting edge technology, visitors will see creations come to life both digitally in a 3D environment and physically through printed 3D models that they can participate in creating with hands on activities. Visitors will...
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