April 7-23, 2017

2016 North Carolina Science Festival

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Friday, April 8
RCCC Hands-on Science & Manufacturing Fair 4/88:30 am - 12:30 pmKannapolis On Thursday, April 7th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 8th, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its fifth STEM Open House at its facility on the North Carolina Research...
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Advanced Manufacturing & STEM Awareness Tour 4/88:30 am - 2:30 pmAlbemarle 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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The Goddard School Science Fair 4/89:00 am - 6:00 pmRaleigh Come celebrate with the children at The Goddard! They've participated in Science Fair activities all week. Stop by to see the things they have done and try some activities yourself. Activities are directed to preschool age.
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Education Days at Carowinds Amusement Park 4/89:00 am - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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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CPCC STEM Career & Advanced Manufacturing Awareness Day 4/89:30 am - 12:00 pmCharlotte 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 amFayetteville 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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The Science of Belief: A Science & Society Symposium 4/812:00 pm - 4:00 pmDurham 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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Solar Observing 4/812:00 pm - 2:00 pmAsheville 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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Technology of Trash 4/81:00 pm - 4:00 pmRaleigh 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmEdenton 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmWilmington 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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Teen Science: Rocket Launch 4/84:00 pm - 5:00 pmFayetteville 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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Navigation Basics at Crowders Mountain 4/84:00 pm - 5:00 pmKings 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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CANCELLED -- Statewide Star Party: Yadkin County Park -- CANCELLED 4/85:00 pm - 11:00 pmYadkinville 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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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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State of the Sciences: Museum Takeover -- REGISTRATION CLOSED 4/86:00 pm - 9:00 pmRaleigh Registration Closed Due to strong demand, registration for this event has closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Marla Gregg at marla_gregg@ncsu.edu. You will be contacted in advance of the event...
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Statewide Star Party: American Tobacco Trail 4/86:30 pm - 10:30 pmApex 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 pmTryon 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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Statewide Star Party: A Time for Science 4/86:30 pm - 9:00 pmGrifton 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: Ingram Planetarium 4/87:00 pm - 10:00 pmSunset 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: Falls Lake 4/87:00 pm - 8:30 pmWake 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: Evening at PARI 4/87:00 pm - 9:30 pmRosman 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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Maker Friday: Making Cool Stuff with Technology 4/87:00 pm - 10:30 pmCharlotte 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: Fort Macon State Park 4/87:00 pm - 9:00 pmAtlantic 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: Neuseway Planetarium 4/87:00 pm - 9:00 pmKinston 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 pmFayetteville 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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EVENT IS FULL -- Statewide Star Party: Lake Mackintosh -- EVENT IS FULL 4/87:30 pm - 9:30 pmBurlington 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: W. Kerr Scott Reservoir 4/87:30 pm - 10:30 pmWilkesboro On April 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir's Fort Hamby Park will hold the 2016 Star Party. The US Army Corps of Engineers will be partnering with the Appalachian State University Recreation Management Program Planning...
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Statewide Star Party: Imagination Station 4/87:30 pm - 8:30 pmWilson 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 pmSylva 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 pmRougemont 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 pmSouth 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: Discovery Place 4/87:30 pm - 10:00 pmCharlotte 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: Hammocks Beach State Park 4/87:30 pm - 9:30 pmSwansboro 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: Weymouth Woods 4/87:30 pm - 9:00 pmSouthern 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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CANCELLED -- Statewide Star Party: Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area -- CANCELLED 4/88:00 pm - 9:00 pmWest 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: Mayo River State Park 4/88:00 pm - 11:30 pmMayodan 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: Wilkerson Nature Preserve 4/88:00 pm - 10:30 pmRaleigh 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: Cape Fear Botanical Garden 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 pmFayetteville 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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CANCELLED -- Statewide Star Party: Hanging Rock State Park -- CANCELLED 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 pmDanbury 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: Rocky Mount Children's Museum 4/88:00 pm - 10:00 pmRocky 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: Eno River State Park 4/88:30 pm - 10:00 pmDurham 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmGreensboro 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: Nags Head Woods Preserve 4/88:30 pm - 9:30 pmKill Devil Hills Check out the night sky at the Nags Head Woods Preserve, 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 required by...
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Statewide Star Party: Cline Observatory 4/88:30 pm - 10:30 pmJamestown 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 (and Special Presentation on the Marvelous Milky Way!): UNC Charlotte -- REGISTRATION CLOSED 4/88:30 pm - 10:00 pmCharlotte 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 pmFour 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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**DATE CHANGE**Statewide Star Party: Duke Teaching Observatory**DATE CHANGE** 4/89:00 pm - 11:00 pmDurham 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 a few 10" telescopes for you to look at Jupiter and its moons,...
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Saturday, April 9
Love A Sea Turtle 5K Trail Run 4/97:00 am - 10:00 amGreenville 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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Pender Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 3:00 pmRocky 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 pmLillington 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 amGrifton 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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Cabarrus Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 3:00 pmConcord 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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Brunswick Science Olympiad Tournament 4/98:00 am - 2:00 pmShallotte 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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Nature Scavenger Hunt 4/99:00 am - 4:00 pmScotland 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 9 for a one-of-a-kind...
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NC DNA Day 5K 4/99:00 am - 10:00 amChapel 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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Science at the Union County Heritage Festival 4/99:00 am - 5:00 pmMonroe 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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DIY Hydroponics 4/99:00 am - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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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Playhouse BuildFest 4/99:30 am - 2:00 pmBoone 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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SciTech 4/99:30 am - 1:30 pmWinston-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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Mountain Science Expo: Get to Know Your Nature-Hood! 4/910:00 am - 5:00 pmAsheville 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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Band of Birds 4/910:00 am - 11:00 amSwansboro 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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Weather Wonders at the NC Azalea Festival 4/910:00 am - 4:00 pmWilmington 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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Community Day at Carolinas Aviation Museum 4/910:00 am - 5:00 pmCharlotte 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 and...
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Bay Forest Discovery Hike at Jones Lake 4/910:00 am - 11:00 amElizabethtown 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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Stanly County Radio Science Day 4/910:00 am - 2:00 pmLocust Amateur Radio is a fun and exciting hobby with something for everyone. See demonstrations and get the chance to participate in HAM radio communication techniques! You can become a licensed amateur radio operator regardless of...
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STEM Discovery Fest 4/910:00 am - 1:00 pmRaleigh 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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Engineering Day at Steele Creek 4/910:00 am - 11:00 amCharlotte 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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Statewide Star Party: UNC Expo 4/910:00 am - 3:00 pmChapel 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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UNC Science Expo 4/910:00 am - 3:00 pmChapel 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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NC Whales and Whaling Symposium 4/910:00 am - 4:00 pmBeaufort 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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National Parks Adventure Days 4/910:00 am - 4:00 pmRaleigh 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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Terrapin Tally Training & Info Session 4/910:00 am - 12:00 pmWilmington 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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Science Extravaganza! 4/910:00 am - 2:00 pmGreensboro 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 pmKannapolis 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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FIRST Robotics Competition - NC State Championships 4/910:30 am - 6:00 pmCharlotte 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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In My Garden 4/910:30 am - 11:00 amFayetteville 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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Sidewalk Astronomy 4/911:00 am - 1:00 pmRocky 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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Owl Pellet Dissections 4/911:00 am - 12:00 pmRocky 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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UNC Charlotte Open Science and Technology Lab Day 4/911:00 am - 8:30 pmCharlotte 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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Soil Painting 4/911:00 am - 11:30 amGreensboro 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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I Scream, You Scream, Ice Cream Science! 4/911:00 am - 12:00 pmCharlotte 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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Buoyancy Bonanza: Will it sink or float? 4/911:00 am - 12:00 pmElizabeth City Come to Port Discover to find your inner scientist. We'll experiment with different objects and test whether they will sink or floats in liquid. Seems simple? We'll see!
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In My Garden 4/911:30 am - 12:00 pmFayetteville 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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NCCC High-Altitude Balloon Design & Launch Competition 4/911:30 am - 3:00 pmHickory 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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Family Creek Critter Adventure 4/91:00 pm - 4:00 pmDurham Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff for a hands-on journey through the creeks and shallows of the Eno River. Along the way, we'll search for interesting aquatic creatures that call the Piedmont home - crayfish,...
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Fuel for Fun! 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 pmRaleigh 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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Earth Day in Price Park 4/91:00 pm - 5:00 pmGreensboro 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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Geology of the Lee Creek Mine 4/91:00 pm - 2:30 pmAurora 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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STEM Saturdays: Robotics II Droid Challenges 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 pmCary 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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Expert Speaker Series: Geology of Western North Carolina 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 pmAsheville 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 pmHolly 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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Come Build with Us! Showcase for LEGO Education 4/91:00 pm - 6:00 pmHigh 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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**CANCELLED** Lichen Or Not at Mount Mitchell State Park**CANCELLED** 4/91:00 pm - 2:00 pmBurnsville 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 lichens play in an Alpine Forest. Be prepared for a short hike along...
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Sid the Science Kid at the Azalea Festival 4/91:00 pm - 3:00 pmWilmington Join UNC-TV's JFK and PBS children’s character Sid the Science Kid live and in person at the Azalea Festival.  Kids can meet and have their picture taken with their favorite PBSscience walkaround character and enjoy fun,...
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Science Geek Out 4/91:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Mountain Island Branch 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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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Waking From Winter 4/92:00 pm - 3:30 pmJefferson 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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Environmental Physics with ZipQuest 4/92:00 pm - 3:00 pmSpring 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Mint Hill Branch 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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 - 3:00 pmCornelius 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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Sew-for-STEM 4/92:00 pm - 3:00 pmCharlotte Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. In this program, participants will explore the science behind sewing. We'll even have sewing machines for you to use! Then, you'll...
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Celebrate Science in Your Backyard 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 pmKannapolis 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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Rookie Science: UV Detectors 4/92:00 pm - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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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Citizen Science: Project NestWatch 4/92:00 pm - 3:30 pmRaleigh 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Steele Creek Library 4/92:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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: Scaleybark Branch 4/92:00 pm - 2:30 pmCharlotte 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: Myers Park Branch 4/92:30 pm - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Presents: Wacky Weird Science 4/93:00 pm - 4:00 pmMatthews Get ready for a VERY INTERACTIVE adventure! Watch as your body comes alive with these weird, wacky and unusual scientific expeditions! Would you like to make your hair stand up and look like Einstein with a Van de Graff...
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Statewide Star Party: Eastern Wayne High School 4/96:00 pm - 11:00 pmGoldsboro 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 pmGarner 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 pmTodd 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 pmLouisburg 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 pmGastonia 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 pmConcord 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: Cemetery Constellations 4/97:30 pm - 9:30 pmRaleigh 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: Pilot Mountain 4/97:30 pm - 10:30 pmPinnacle 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: Robeson Planetarium 4/97:30 pm - 9:00 pmLumberton 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 pmHigh 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: Jordan Lake 4/98:00 pm - 10:00 pmApex 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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Statewide Star Party: Dark Sky Observatory 4/98:00 pm - 11:30 pmSummit 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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S'More Science and 100 S'More Years of Parks 4/98:00 pm - 9:00 pmAlbemarle 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: Lake Norman State Park 4/98:00 pm - 9:30 pmStatesville 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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CANCELLED -- Statewide Star Party: Blue Ridge -- CANCELLED 4/98:30 pm - 11:00 pmBurnsville 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 pmAsheville 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 pmDurham 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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**DATE CHANGE**Statewide Star Party: Duke Teaching Observatory**DATE CHANGE** 4/99:00 pm - 11:00 pmDurham 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 a few 10" telescopes for you to look at Jupiter and its moons,...
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Sunday, April 10
Engineering STEAM at New Hope Valley Railway 4/1010:00 am - 4:00 pmNew 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmWilmington 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 pmMonroe 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 pmDurham 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmGatesville 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 pmConnelly 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 pmSwansboro 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! -- REGISTRATION CLOSED 4/103:00 pm - 4:30 pmRaleigh 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 pmGreenboro 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 amCharlotte 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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Kid Science: Microscopes 4/1110:00 am - 11:00 amFayetteville Learn how to use a microscope and experiment with what you can see. Grades K-5.
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Spring Planting in the Edible Schoolyard 4/1110:30 am - 11:00 amGreensboro 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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Homeschool Fun: Chat with a NASA Engineer 4/1111:00 am - 12:00 pmFayetteville 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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Making Sense of Sound 4/1111:00 am - 12:00 pmCharlotte 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 STEM Club: Build-a-Biome 4/111:00 pm - 2:00 pmFayetteville Learn all about the wetlands and build your own model to take home! Registration is required. Grades 3 - 8.
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Technology Tutoring for Adults 4/112:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte Are you looking to develop your basic computer skills? Join us at the library to learn about new technology while exploring computer basics.
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A Fish Tale: Gyotaku 4/113:00 pm - 4:00 pmSwansboro 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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Reptiles Vs. Amphibians at Spring Lake 4/114:00 pm - 5:00 pmSpring 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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Afternoon Adventures: Explore Minecraft 4/114:00 pm - 4:30 pmHuntersville 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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Teen Science: Microscopes 4/114:00 pm - 5:00 pmFayetteville Learn how to use a microscope and experiment with what you can see. Grades 6-12.
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Science Expo at Independence Library 4/115:00 pm - 7:00 pmCharlotte 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 pmDurham 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 pmCharlotte 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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Rookie Science: Family Night 4/116:30 pm - 7:30 pmCharlotte Discover the world of science through books, hands-on educational activities, and experiments. In this program, families will have the opportunity to explore different hands-on activities at science stations that encourage...
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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 pmChapel 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmKernersville 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 amPembroke 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 amOrrum 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 amCornelius 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 pmBahama 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 amFayetteville 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 amAsheville 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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The Week of the Young Child 4/1211:00 am - 12:30 pmHuntersville Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with new activities every day! Even the littlest scientists can participate in STEM-based projects and explore some mind-boggling experiments in the Green Room this week. Taco Tuesday!...
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**CANCELLED**Daytime Astronomy with a Solar Telescope**CANCELLED** 4/1212:00 pm - 2:00 pmCharlotte 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 pmGreensboro 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmCharlotte 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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Rookie Science: DIY Simple Machines 4/124:30 pm - 5:30 pmCharlotte 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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EPA Nature Walk 4/124:30 pm - 5:30 pmDurham 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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The Magic of Water at South Branch Library 4/124:30 pm - 6:30 pmCreedmoor 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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Grossology! 4/125:00 pm - 6:00 pmHope 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 pmSpring 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 pmBuxton 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 pmPembroke 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmElon 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmLake 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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Durham County Environmental Field Days 4/1310:00 am - 3:00 pmBahama 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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STEM at Wake 4/1310:00 am - 3:30 pmWinston-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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Earth Fair on the Brickyard 4/1310:00 am - 2:00 pmRaleigh 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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Preschool Swamp Romp 4/1310:00 am - 11:00 amRaleigh 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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Merry-time for Tots: Whale of a Time 4/1310:00 am - 11:30 amBeaufort 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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Little Nature Hikers 4/1310:00 am - 11:00 amRaleigh 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 amNebo 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 pmJefferson 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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Family Storytime: Science! 4/1310:30 am - 12:00 pmCharlotte 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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The Week of the Young Child 4/1311:00 am - 12:30 pmHuntersville Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with new activities every day! Even the littlest scientists can participate in STEM-based projects and explore some mind-boggling experiments in the Green Room this week. Taco Tuesday!...
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Inside the U.S. EPA-RTP: Campus Tour & Research Highlights 4/1311:00 am - 2:00 pmResearch 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 pmGreensboro 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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STEAM'd Up: Frog Friends 4/132:00 pm - 5:00 pmChapel Hill Come play with STEAM’d Up: Art & Design in the Makery at Kidzu to learn about the Life Cycle of Frogs! We’ll spread their magical metamorphosis across the pages of our very own handmade accordion books!
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Chillax for Teens: Whatcha Makin' Wednesday: DNA bracelets 4/133:00 pm - 5:30 pmFayetteville 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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How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse 4/133:00 pm - 4:30 pmFayetteville 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Sugar Creek Branch 4/133:30 pm - 4:30 pmCharlotte 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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Amazing Butterflies with Special Guest Entomologist 4/133:30 pm - 4:30 pmSpring 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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Rubik's® Cube Competition & Mosaic Fun 4/134:00 pm - 7:00 pmGreensboro Rubik’s® Cube Competition & Mosaic Fun intertwines 3X3 cube speed-solving competitions for teams (elementary) and solo levels (elementary, middle, and high school). We will build a large, secret mosaic and take a mosaic...
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Teen Robotics: LEGO Mindstorm at Mountain Island 4/134:30 pm - 5:30 pmCharlotte Teens will develop technology skills by building and programming LEGO mindstorm robots.
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GREEN SCIENCE at Thornton Library 4/134:30 pm - 5:30 pmOxford 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Hickory Grove Branch 4/135:00 pm - 5:30 pmCharlotte 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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From Page to Screen (Science Edition): The Theory of Everything 4/135:00 pm - 7:30 pmCharlotte 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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Beatties Ford Road Library Family Science Night 4/135:30 pm - 7:30 pmCharlotte 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 pmCharlotte 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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NC Science Festival Presents: Science on the Campaign Trail 4/137:00 pm - 8:30 pmResearch Triangle Park SciCheck was launched in 2015 by FactCheck.org to examine inaccurate and potentially misleading scientific claims used to influence public policy. Part of a global movement to fact-check public figures, the project is busy this...
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Thursday, April 14
Shackleford Banks: A Whaler's Beach 4/149:00 am - 2:30 pmBeaufort Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife during a guided hike on Cape Lookout National Seashore Island. The hike will focus on historical whaling activities that once took place on the island. Reservations required.
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Durham County Environmental Field Days 4/1410:00 am - 3:00 pmBahama 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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Home School Days: Super Subs 4/1410:00 am - 12:00 pmWilson 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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Little Explorers: Beautiful Bugs 4/1410:00 am - 11:00 amWilmington 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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NC BioNetwork Mobile Lab 4/1410:00 am - 3:00 pmAsheboro 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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Preschool Science Story Time: Tornadoes & Clouds 4/1411:00 am - 12:00 pmFayetteville 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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The Week of the Young Child 4/1411:00 am - 12:30 pmHuntersville Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with new activities every day! Even the littlest scientists can participate in STEM-based projects and explore some mind-boggling experiments in the Green Room this week. Taco Tuesday!...
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STEAM'd Up: Leaping Legs and Happy Hopping 4/142:00 pm - 5:00 pmChapel Hill Join STEAM'D UP at Kidzu as we combine the latest science and technology with art and design. How far can YOU hop? Farther than a frog, a rabbit, or a grasshopper? Join us to measure distance, height, and participate in the...
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Chillax for Teens: Outdoor Science Challenge 4/143:00 pm - 5:30 pmFayetteville 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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OBX Egg Drop Extravaganza 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 pmKitty 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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Reptiles vs. Amphibians 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 pmFayetteville 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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Squishy Circuits: Exploring Electronics 4/144:00 pm - 6:00 pmFayetteville 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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STEM in the Garden 4/144:00 pm - 5:00 pmCharlotte 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: ImaginOn 4/144:00 pm - 4:30 pmCharlotte 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 pmOxford 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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2016 Koh Lecture: Tadashi Tokieda 4/144:30 pm - 5:30 pmRaleigh Tadashi Tokieda has attracted worldwide attention for his work connecting science and math with toys and origami. In his kid-friendly lecture, “A World from a Sheet of Paper,” he’ll explore science through folding,...
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It's A Science Affair 4/145:00 pm - 7:00 pmKinston 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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Wilderness Preparedness 4/146:00 pm - 7:00 pmCharlotte Being prepared and learning proper trail etiquette will make hiking and camping a more enjoyable experience for you and others. Catherine Goodnight Robertson, the Environmental Educator from the McDowell Nature Center, will...
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Science Education and Environmental Literacy 4/146:00 pm - 8:00 pmBoone 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Davidson Branch 4/146:30 pm - 7:30 pmDavidson 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 pmDurham 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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Science Cafe at River Ridge Taphouse 4/147:00 pm - 8:00 pmClemmons Learn about the latest groundbreaking research from a regional scientist in these free informal programs, co-sponsored by SciWorks and Reynolds Gardens. CEU credits available. Topic: “MicroRNAs in Leishmania braziliensis...
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The World of Wind Energy 4/147:00 pm - 9:00 pmElizabeth 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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Friday, April 15
Isothermal Science & Technology Expo 4/158:30 am - 2:30 pmSpindale 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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EXTREME STEM Tour 4/158:30 am - 3:00 pmHickory 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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Stanly Community College's Electronics Blast! 4/158:30 am - 2:00 pmAlbemarle 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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Education Days at Carowinds Amusement Park 4/159:00 am - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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 pmDallas 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 pmRaleigh 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 amLillington 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 Week of the Young Child 4/1511:00 am - 12:30 pmHuntersville Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with new activities every day! Even the littlest scientists can participate in STEM-based projects and explore some mind-boggling experiments in the Green Room this week. Taco Tuesday!...
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Earthen Brickmaking in The Edible Schoolyard 4/152:00 pm - 2:30 pmGreensboro Come to The Edible Schoolyard and make mini earthen bricks using our outdoor brick press machines. It's like LEGOs the natural way!
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Grove Stone Quarry Tour 4/152:00 pm - 4:30 pmBlack Mountain Learn about the origins of granite, sand, and gravel for building and transportation infrastructure. The Grove Stone quarry is an important long-term partner to the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Go on a tour with Hedrick...
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The Science Behind the 18th Century Home 4/152:00 pm - 3:00 pmEdenton 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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Smart Science Extravaganza 4/153:00 pm - 4:00 pmSwansboro Let your imagination do the work... Come out to the park and test your scientific knowledge of how things work by conducting various science experiments at stations that will be set up for you to work at.  Can you get a...
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Building with Straws 4/153:00 pm - 3:30 pmFayetteville 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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Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour 4/153:00 pm - 5:00 pmRaleigh 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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ART with EVAN: Leapin’ Lilypads! 4/154:00 pm - 5:00 pmChapel Hill Certified art teacher Evan Hirasawa joins Kidzu once again during the NC Science Festival to lead young painters through the art of watercolor and origami. Inspired by the book, “Once upon a LilyPad: Froggy Lives in Monet’s...
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GREEN SCIENCE at South Branch Library 4/154:30 pm - 5:30 pmCreedmoor 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 pmDurham 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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GTCC Science Building Open House 4/156:00 pm - 8:30 pmJamestown 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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NC BioNetwork's Sci-Fi Movie Myth Buster 4/156:00 pm - 9:30 pmRaleigh 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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Statewide Star Party: Carolina Beach 4/157:00 pm - 10:00 pmCarolina 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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CANCELLED -- Catch a Shooting Star at Kerr Lake -- CANCELLED 4/157:30 pm - 9:00 pmHenderson 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
Wake-Leesville Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 pmRaleigh 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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Buncombe Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 pmBlack 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 pmHope 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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STEMville Science Symposium 4/168:00 am - 1:00 pmChapel 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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Alamance Science Olympiad Tournament 4/168:00 am - 3:00 pmGraham 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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1st Annual Science at the Market Day 4/168:30 am - 12:30 pmSylva 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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STEM Saturdays: Mechanical Engineering Motion Commotion 4/169:00 am - 10:30 amRaleigh 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...
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Citizen Science, Ecology, and the Environment: A Symposium for Citizen Science Day 2016 4/169:00 am - 6:00 pmDurham Citizen science, popularly described as volunteer participation in scientific research, has become a valuable approach in the fields of ecology and environmental science, and a powerful tool for environmental monitoring and...
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LEGO Robotics Workshop 4/169:00 am - 3:00 pmCharlotte 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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iNaturalist BioBlitz 4/169:00 am - 2:00 pmGreenville 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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Celebrating the Full SPECTRUM of STEM Learners 4/169:00 am - 12:00 pmWilmington 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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Citizen Science Fest 4/1610:00 am - 4:00 pmRaleigh 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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Citizen Science Day at Kathleen Clay 4/1610:00 am - 1:00 pmGreensboro 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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Bay Forest Discovery Hike at Jones Lake 4/1610:00 am - 11:00 amElizabethtown 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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Tar, Pitch and Turpentine: Science & Living History in Grifton 4/1610:00 am - 3:00 pmGrifton 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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STEMlympics 4/1610:00 am - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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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ReadFest: Backyard Science with NHC Public Library 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 pmWilmington 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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Blackbeard: The Science of Pirates 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 pmGreenville 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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Earth Day at A Time for Science 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 pmGrifton Enjoy the day hiking trails, kayaking the lakes and having a picnic to celebrate Earth Day during the NC Science Festival! Special birding trail available for bird lovers with bird feeder crafts for all ages. Bring your picnic...
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Whirligig Spinout 4/1610:00 am - 3:00 pmWilmington 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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Earth Day Celebration: Sylvan Heights Bird Park 4/1610:00 am - 2:00 pmScotland 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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Spring Wildflower Hike 4/1610:30 am - 12:00 pmRaleigh 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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Mix it Up in the Makery with Local Maker Kelley Kirven 4/1610:30 am - 12:30 pmChapel Hill The Makery will be JUMPIN’, with local Maker and builder Kelley Kirven, as he helps visitors launch origami frogs and and play lily pad math in celebration of the Disappearing Frogs Project, a grassroots environmental arts...
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Paleo-Chat 4/1611:00 am - 12:00 pmWilson 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 amGreensboro 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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Electrifying Attraction! 4/1611:00 am - 12:00 pmCharlotte Conduct hair-raising experiments with a Van de Graff generator. Learn how electrically charged objects push & pull without touching. Build circuits, investigate renewable energy and analyze energy transfer through a system.
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Dismal Swamp's (Not Your Average) Nature Hike 4/1611:00 am - 1:00 pmSouth 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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2nd Annual Science, Science Everywhere! 4/1612:00 pm - 4:00 pmGreensboro 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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Super Science Funfest 4/1612:00 pm - 3:00 pmFayetteville 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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Brewery Tour 4/161:00 pm - 2:00 pmHolly 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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Edible Science 4/161:00 pm - 2:00 pmFayetteville Enjoy hands on activities for children grades K-5th grade. Reservations are required by calling 483-7727 ext. 1351. Some of the science fun includes: --Building a  DNA structure made with gumdrops and...
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Kids Code 4/161:00 pm - 4:00 pmRaleigh 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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Planting a Seed: Science in the Great Outdoors 4/161:00 pm - 2:00 pmFayetteville Celebrate science in the great outdoors! Learn how science affects plant growth and plant your own seed to take home.
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Moth Math Citizen Science Teacher Training 4/161:00 pm - 4:00 pmAsheville Attention High School Teachers or Pre-Service Teachers:  Get the scoop on the Citizen Science Project called Moth Math. Help your students understand math, statistics, and the importance of environmental data using existing...
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STEM Saturdays: Robotics II Droid Challenges 4/161:00 pm - 3:00 pmCary 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 pmNew 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 pmWest 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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Great Egg Drop Challenge: Plaza Midwood Branch 4/162:00 pm - 2:30 pmCharlotte 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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Paleo-Chat 4/162:00 pm - 3:00 pmWilson 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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Satellite Studio Saturday 4/162:00 pm - 4:00 pmCharlotte 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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Reptiles & Amphibians of North Carolina 4/162:00 pm - 3:00 pmDavidson 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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Let off some STEAM! 4/162:00 pm - 2:30 pmCornelius 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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Nature's Notebook Hike 4/163:00 pm - 4:30 pmSouthern 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 pmMatthews 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 pmGreenville 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 pmHollister 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 pmCreswell 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 pmWinston 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 pmRosman 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmKure 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 pmGreenville 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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Geology Walk 4/172:00 pm - 4:00 pmAsheville 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 pmSwansboro 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmSouthern 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 pmRaleigh 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 pmHolly 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 pmGreenville 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmSpring 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmHuntersville 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmCharlotte 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 pmHolly 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 pmFayetteville 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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Toddler Story Time: Woodland Animals 4/1910:00 am - 11:00 amFayetteville Listen to stories and make a craft while learning about woodland animals and their habitat. Ages 2-3 years.
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Preschool Science Celebration 4/1910:00 am - 11:00 amFayetteville 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 amFayetteville 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 pmFayetteville 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 pmNebo 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 pmDurham 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 pmRaleigh 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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Little Sprouts - Soil 4/193:00 pm - 4:00 pmGreensboro 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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Let's Learn about Outdoor Survival 4/193:00 pm - 4:00 pmFayetteville 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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The Ants Go Marching . . . Into the Library! 4/194:30 pm - 5:30 pmHope Mills Did you know that ants use the earth’s magnetic field to find your picnics? Explore this tiny, yet surprisingly sophisticated insect in all his glory! At this event, we will have an established ant farm for kids to explore...
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Plant Your Own Garden: Teen Edition 4/195:00 pm - 6:00 pmFayetteville 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 pmGreenville 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 pmBurlington 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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Sci-Fi Book Talk: Ernest Cline discusses Armada 4/197:00 pm - 8:00 pmChapel Hill We're thrilled to have Ernest Cline, the author of Ready Player One, in the store to discuss the paperback edition of his latest book Armada!
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Wednesday, April 20
Super Science Day Camp: Into the Deep 4/201:30 am - 4:30 pmWilson 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 pmHolly 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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College of Engineering "Maker Faire" Expo 4/2010:00 am - 3:00 pmGreensboro 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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Shark Film Festival 4/2010:00 am - 7:00 pmGreenville 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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Chemistry Craft: Build a Bouncy Ball 4/2010:00 am - 11:30 amFayetteville Adults, make your very own bouncy ball using borax and cornstarch!  Registration is required by calling 910-424-4008.
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NanoDays 2016 at NC State University 4/2011:00 am - 1:00 pmRaleigh This year's NanoDays celebration will include: Student Presentations (Posters, 3 Minute Thesis): Graduate and Undergraduate students are invited to present to the middle and high school students about NCSU, their research,...
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Preschool Science & Nature Expo 4/2011:00 am - 12:00 pmFayetteville 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 Science Celebration 4/2011:00 am - 12:00 pmFayetteville 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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Beachcombing 101 4/201:00 pm - 2:00 pmKure 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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