The North Carolina Science Festival is back, bringing hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers will all enjoy events taking place in every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties, making science accessible to all.

An initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in this state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, expos, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

This Festival cultivates a positive environment that inspires children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina. In an era when recent reports indicate that the United States is losing ground as the world leader in science and technology, and fewer students than ever are seeking careers in science and technology, the Festival energizes our state’s efforts to respond to these challenges.

Ultimately, scientists just want everyone to know what they know -- science is fun! In 2016, 410,935 North Carolinians had the fun of finding this out. Even more are expected in 2017. The theme for 2017 is “Art and Design.”