April 10-26, 2015

2015 North Carolina Science Festival

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Saturday, April 25
NC Science Olympiad State Tournament 4/258:00 am - 7:00 p.m.Raleigh Come check out the Science Olympiad state tournament! Friday night we'll have trial events and opening ceremonies, including the parade of champions consisting of students from all across the state hosted at Dorton Arena on the...
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Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins 4/258:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Greensboro Join us for a fun, family-friendly event created to raise funds for endangered African penguins. The birds' population has declined dramatically in the past 10 years and there is an urgent need for your help. 100% of profits will...
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STEMville Science Symposium 4/258:30 am - 1:00 p.m.Chapel Hill Join us for the chance to become a scientist! Work with undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals to create your own hands-on, activity-filled science experience! Students will be able to create and understand...
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NC Gravity Games 4/258:30 am - 3:00 p.m.Lenoir Registration is now open for the April 25 running of the fifth annual NC Gravity Games in downtown Lenoir: http://www.ncgravitygames.com/2015-team-registration. The Games are a STEM-education racing extravaganza sponsored...
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Amateur Radio Special Event Station 4/259:00 am - 6:00 p.m.Atlantic Beach Come out to Fort Macon State Park and learn about the Amateur Radio (HAM) hobby and the science of radio communications. Members of the Carteret County Amateur Radio Society will be set up just outside the fort operating a...
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Statewide Star Party: Imagination Station 4/259:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Wilson Take part in the NC Science Festival's Statewide Star Party and come learn about our solar system. We'll start with the sun and move through the planets and other celestial bodies. At Imagination Station, we can observe the stars...
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Lemurs: Master Artists 4/259:00 am - 6:00 p.m.Charlotte Van Gogh. Picasso. Lemurs? Travel to the Duke Lemur Center for an experience like no other. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility to learn more about the natural history of lemurs. Then, select your favorite colors, and...
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Science at the Mt. Olive Pickle Festival 4/259:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Mt. Olive Find our NCSCIFEST team at the street fair on Saturday, April 25 to learn about the genetics of taste and to try to answer some tough trivia questions about PICKLES. You might even win some prizes!
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Watauga Sumo Bot Competition 4/259:00 am - 4:00 p.m.Boone Test your ingenuity! Explore your creativity! Tap your inner brute strength! Give in to your stealth! Robotic sumo is a competition where two robots, known as sumo-bots, attempt to push each other out of an arena using...
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Flytrap Frolic 4/259:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Wilmington The Flytrap Frolic is a free community education event featuring carnivorous plants that thrive in southeastern NC. Activities include a plant identification scavenger hunt, flytrap-themed crafts and live reptile and bird demos....
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Celebrate STEM 4/259:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Asheville The public is invited to spend the day doing exciting and challenging STEM activities at the Nesbitt Discovery Academy, Buncombe County's STEM high school. We will have a variety of different hands-on activities and STEM...
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The Green Idea Factory Competition at PiES 4/259:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Davidson The ANNUAL Green Idea Factory Competition: a local high school competition for the best green ideas to spark imagination, innovation and enthusiasm for science, math, engineering & technology (STEM). Building on their...
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Burlington Mini Maker Faire 4/2510:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Burlington The 4th Annual Burlington Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Attendees of all ages will have the opportunity to get hands-on with interactive exhibits including 21st century...
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Nature Walk with a Naturalist 4/2510:00 am - 12:00 p.m.Rocky Mount Join us for a nature walk through Sunset Park. Identify and learn about trees, plants, and the signs of spring in nature! Meet at Sunset Park by the picnic shelter at the corner of River Dr. and Taylor St.
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Earth Day 2015 4/2510:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Grifton Starting at 10:00 AM the 400-acre Bray Hollow Conservancy will be open for self-guided exploration/nature walks and kayak rentals. Beginning after lunch, a variety of scheduled activities and demonstrations will be available...
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International Astronomy Day 4/2510:00 am - 5:00 p.m.Rocky Mount Join us at the Children’s Museum & Science Center for a day of Planetarium Shows, Laser Shows, solar viewing, as well as free displays and demonstrations by the Tar River Astronomy Club.
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Blackbeard: The Science of Pirates 4/2510:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Greenville What use does a pirate have for science? Visit the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab Open House and find out! See the ongoing conservation of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Learn...
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DNA Discovery Day 4/2510:00 am - 1:00 p.m.Clayton In celebration of DNA Day, this family friendly extravaganza will include activities related to the discovery of the structure of the DNA helix by Watson and Crick in 1953. On display will be hands-on activities designed to...
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Budding Scientists: Preschool Science Program 4/2510:00 am - 11:00 a.m.Asheville Introduce your young explorer to the world of science! The Colburn Museum will be hosting two free programs for toddlers (ages 2-5) on topics in the field of Earth Science. For both days, free admission for the Museum is...
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The Birds & The Bees of Oakwood Cemetery 4/2510:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Come meet Oakwood Cemetery's tiniest residents! As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Oakwood Cemetery is committed to fostering environmental stewardship. This year we are going to explore the lives of the honey bees and blue birds...
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Meet (and Hear) the Animals of the Conservators Center 4/2510:00 am - 8:00 p.m.Burlington While taking your tour of the Conservators Center, you will meet lions, tigers, binturongs, and more! For the 2015 Science Festival, the Conservators Center tour guides will focus on the sounds animals use to communicate - we'll...
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Descending from the Clouds: The Science Behind the Aircraft 4/2510:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Fayetteville Join us at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum as we dig into the science of what make Special Operations operate. From propellers and planes to the parachutes that bring soldiers safely to the ground, we'll have hands-on,...
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Discovering Wetlands 4/2510:30 am - 11:30 a.m.Raleigh Do you think that swamps are just dark and creepy places? Come to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center to discover the benefits and beauty of Raleigh’s urban wetland. Develop a better understanding of the importance of wetlands with...
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Wonderful World of Wildlife 4/2510:30 am - 1:00 p.m.Durham Join the ambassadors and staff of Piedmont Wildlife Center for an Earth Day celebration! Visit with some of our native wildlife ambassadors, make Earth Day crafts, track box turtles through the woods, and more!
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Songbird Celebration 4/2511:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Bring your family to a free Songbird Celebration at Blue Jay Point County Park in recognition of International Migratory Bird Day 2015. This year's family-friendly event will highlight the importance of healthy bird habitats. A...
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Science, Science, Everywhere 4/2511:00 am - 3:00 p.m.Greensboro Join UNCG faculty, students, and volunteers on April 25th from 11am-3pm for a fun and exciting day of Science, Science, Everywhere! Explore outdoor adventures such as a geocaching scavenger hunt and netting for insects. Other...
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Pet Vet Play Day 4/2511:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Raleigh Learning about animals is fun! Come read a book with a therapy dog. Make a bow wow bite. Paint a portrait of your pet and meet real veterinarians! This event is in partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital. All are welcome!
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Blast Off: Planetarium Show 4/251:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Asheville Curious about the worlds outside of our own? Blast off into outer space during our planetarium experience to discover the interstellar bodies within our galaxy. Learn about the different types of stars and constellations and how...
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Carolina Brewing Company tour 4/251:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Holly Springs All tours are led by one of the owners of the brewery and last approximately one hour. The tour covers all aspects of the brewery, from history through production and sales, including a complete walk-through of the brewing...
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High School Hackathon with Dr. Chris Emdin 4/251:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Durham Innovate Your Cool: Science & High School Hackathon with Dr. Chris Emdin Music meets Science in a one-of-a-kind Hackathon Join us on Saturday, April 25 at American Underground Main Street Durham for a special event...
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Meet Sid the Science Kid at the Dogwood Festival 4/251:00 pm - 1:30 p.m.Fayetteville PBS children’s character Sid the Science Kid will be live and in person at the Azalea Festival, the Dogwood Festival, the Greensboro Science Center’s Party for the Planet, and for ECU’s Earth Day celebration. Kids can...
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Look What Hatched 4/251:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Scotland Neck Spring is the time for new Hatchlings in the park Breeding Center. Get up-close and hands-on with some of the new arrivals while learning what it takes to raise 1,500 chicks a year! Free with park admission.
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Make Some Noise: Experiment with Sound 4/252:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Spring Lake To celebrate that sounds are everywhere, we will make noise by experimenting with everyday objects, making an instrument craft and having fun with other sound activities. Registration is required by calling (910) 497-3650. All...
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Meet Sid the Science Kid at the Dogwood Festival 4/252:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Fayetteville PBS children’s character Sid the Science Kid will be live and in person at the Azalea Festival, the Dogwood Festival, the Greensboro Science Center’s Party for the Planet, and for ECU’s Earth Day celebration. Kids can...
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Statewide Star Party: Medoc Mountain 4/252:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Hollister Come out to Medoc Mountain State Park to join us for the NC Science Festival's annual Statewide Star Party. We will be doing solar observation during the day and then transition to night time viewing. Feel free to come and stay...
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The Wonders of Waterfowl 4/252:30 pm - 4:00 p.m.Hollister Sylvan Heights Bird Park will join us at Medoc Mountain to introduce us to the life history and characteristics of waterfowl. We will explore how birds are uniquely adapted to take advantage of various environments and examine...
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Universe Story Walk 4/253:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Greensboro The Universe Story Walk tells the 14-billion year history of the Universe through a series of readings along 1/2-mile trail through the woods. At intervals of 100 feet, participants in the walk will pause briefly for a reading...
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Meet Sid the Science Kid at the Dogwood Festival 4/253:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.Fayetteville PBS children’s character Sid the Science Kid will be live and in person at the Azalea Festival, the Dogwood Festival, the Greensboro Science Center’s Party for the Planet, and for ECU’s Earth Day celebration. Kids can...
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Lettuce Learn About Plants 4/253:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Concord How does a tiny seed grow into a vegetable we can eat? Learn the answer to this question, hear stories about gardening, and play games as we explore botany and the fascinating lives of plants. We'll finish by planting lettuce...
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TECH Cafe Acoustics: Are You Listening? 4/257:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Elizabeth City High School Night:   Come join us at Port Discover's TECH Cafe to explore acoustics. We will measure the speed of sound, whisper across a room, and use sound to trick our eyes, all while you enjoy smoothies and games with...
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Statewide Star Party: Elk Knob State Park 4/257:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Todd Come out and learn about the Solar System at the third annual Statewide Star Party. There will be Stellarium and hands-on activities for viewing the dark sky. Be sure to dress appropriately as it could still be cold at 4500...
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Statewide Star Party: Pilot Mountain State Park * CHANGE IN PROGRAM 4/257:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.Pinnacle Our astronomers and star party will be cancelled for today, however we still look to provide two programs for folks who will be coming to visit Pilot Mountain State Park. At 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. join a Park Ranger for a short...
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Statewide Star Party: Merchants Millpond State Park 4/258:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Gatesville On Saturday night April 25th, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm there will be a stargazing event at Merchants Millpond State Park in Gatesville, NC 27938. Dennis Rowley of Norfolk Astronomical Society will be available with his equipment and...
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Statewide Star Party: Eno River State Park 4/258:00 pm - 10:00 p.m.Durham We will be having a star party for visitors to look at the sky from our largest parking lot. The park is relatively free from light pollution from local population hubs of Durham and Chapel Hill. We invite anyone with a telescope...
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Statewide Star Party: SciWorks 4/258:00 pm - 10:30 p.m.Winston Salem Join SciWorks and Forsyth Astronomical Society for a free astronomy observation in the SciWorks parking lot using professional-grade telescopes. In case of bad weather, call (336) 767-6730 after 5:30 pm for an update. The NC...
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Wet and Wild Amphibian Night Walk 4/258:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.High Point Join a PEC Naturalist for a wet and wild amphibian night walk on the trails of our North Preserve. The group will investigate three "soggy bottom" habitats to look, listen and feel for frogs, toads and salamanders. Participants...
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Statewide Star Party: Morrow Mountain State Park 4/258:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Albemarle Join this out-of-this-world celebration at a gorgeous state park. Jump for Jupiter and swoon for the Moon. Space crafts for kids, telescopes available for viewing and stellar stories. Reserve a campsite or cabin to enjoy this...
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Statewide Star Party: Robeson Planetarium 4/258:00 pm - 9:30 p.m.Lumberton Join us for an evening of science! We'll start with segments of "Passport to Pluto" on the New Horizons probe and then take a look at the Dawn mission heading to the dwarf planet Ceres. Both spacecraft should reach...
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Statewide Star Party: Haw River State Park 4/258:00 pm - 11:00 p.m.Browns Summit UPDATE: Star Party still on for tonight! Most activities will be indoors, however the Solar System Hike will take place outdoors. What's a little drizzle? Also, for our indoor programming, "The Solar System" presented by Aaron...
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POSTPONED * Statewide Star Party: All About the Solar System * POSTPONED 4/258:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Fayetteville [NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY 1, SAME TIME AND PLACE.] Come out to Cape Fear Botanical Garden and view the Solar System in an up-close and personal way! Become an expert and learn to use telescopes with the help...
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POSTPONED * Statewide Star Party: Mayo River * POSTPONED 4/258:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.Mayodan NOTE: This event has been postponed due to weather. Reschedule date is May 16. Come to Mayo River State Park and take a tour of the evening sky. Telescopes will be available for the viewing of the night sky. The NC Science...
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Statewide Star Party: Jordan Lake * Canceled 4/258:30 pm - 10:30 p.m.Apex Join us on the shore of Jordan Lake as we observe the night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be active and available to all. Activities include a green laser constellation tour, a planet walk and a telescope treasure hunt....
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Statewide Star Party: Dark Sky Observatory 4/259:00 pm - 11:30 p.m.Purlear Come out for a special night under the stars as the Dark Sky Observatory hosts an event for the NC Science Festival's Statewide Star Party! We will look at the Moon, Jupiter and stellar and galactic targets. There will be two...
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Sunday, April 26
Meet (and Hear) the Animals of the Conservators Center 4/2610:00 am - 8:00 p.m.Burlington While taking your tour of the Conservators Center, you will meet lions, tigers, binturongs, and more! For the 2015 Science Festival, the Conservators Center tour guides will focus on the sounds animals use to communicate - we'll...
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Science Week at New School Montessori Center 4/2610:00 am - 2:00 p.m.Holly Springs In the spirit of Maria Montessori, during our Science Week we will celebrate the imagination and beauty behind science! Our school community will participate in all this and more: • Students’ Science Exhibition: Student...
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Soil Uncovered 4/2612:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.Greensboro Did you know that 2015 has been named the International Year of Soils? Join us at the Greensboro Children's Museum as we explore soil through hands-on activities, observe soil at work in our Edible Schoolyard, and even...
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The Birds & The Bees of Oakwood Cemetery 4/2612:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Raleigh Come meet Oakwood Cemetery's tiniest residents! As a Certified Wildlife Habitat, Oakwood Cemetery is committed to fostering environmental stewardship. This year we are going to explore the lives of the honey bees and blue birds...
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National Astronomy Day 4/2612:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Celebrate National Astronomy Day with Discovery Place and Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club. Explore astronomy activities and events throughout the museum. Solar viewing, safely looking at the sun, will be available - weather...
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Make It Rain 4/2612:00 pm - 2:00 p.m.Raleigh Join us in the garden to create watering cans and contraptions out of bottles and bamboo. Send water traveling down chutes and through spouts and spigots.
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Day of Dissection 4/2612:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte Take an inside look at different dissection specimens throughout the day in our Explore More Life Lab at Discovery Place. We will dissect a different animal every hour from 12-4pm.
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UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo 4/2612:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.Charlotte An exposition for all ages with more than 100 science and technology activities and demonstrations, games, entertainment and giveaways! Presented by UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, students and community partners, presentations...
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Engineering World Health 4/261:00 pm - 2:30 p.m.Durham Visit the offices of Engineering World Health to learn about medical equipment and its role in the developing world! Several examples of medical technology will be on display, and visitors can interact with some of them at out...
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Animals Alive! 4/261:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.Greensboro Animals Alive! is presented by Greensboro Parks and Recreation's ECO Bus. We'll highlights animals both local and exotic. The mission of the ECO Bus is to engage the community with the outdoors. Hop on board the bus and you'll...
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