April 7-23, 2017

NC Science Festival announces “The Science of Sports” with John Brenkus


Why do Olympic teams spend millions of dollars on high-tech equipment? What makes one athlete faster than another? How can you improve your own performance as an athlete?

Part of the secret is science — the science of sports!

North Carolina Science Festival presents “The Science of Sports,” a special program featuring ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus, on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.

Since 2007, John Brenkus has hosted “Sport Science” for ESPN, which appears in all of ESPN’s flagship content as well as its daily SportsCenter broadcasts. In his Emmy Award-winning series, Brenkus works with professional athletes to analyze exactly how the human body moves and generates force during athletic activities. Who runs fastest, jumps highest and hits hardest? Science can predict the answer, and Brenkus explains how.

Tickets can be found here and range $49-$19. In addition, a special Meet-and-Greet ticket ($79) includes the best seating, a meet-and-greet gathering with Brenkus and a NC Science Festival t-shirt.


North Carolina Science Festival is a two-week-long, 500-mile-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Across the state, North Carolinians participate in science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other activities, hosted by all kinds of community organizations — schools, colleges and universities, parks, libraries, museums and businesses.

NCSF was founded in 2010 by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and is the first statewide science festival in the U.S. Morehead continues to produce the Festival in partnership with many sponsors and event hosts. The 2014 Festival is scheduled for March 28¬–April 13, and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds is the 2013 Festival Champion.