April 7-23, 2017

Special Opportunities

A few of our event host partners have gone all-out for the Festival, featuring science programming throughout April. We’ve included a small sampling on the Festival website, but visit their calendars for the full list:

  • Cumberland County Libraries Cumberland County Libraries are featuring events all April, from kids’ robot building sessions to app workshops for adults.
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries will have events at each branch, including book displays and self-guided science activities.
  • North Carolina State Parks We are also partnering with the North Carolina State Parks in honor of their 100th anniversary for “Science in the Great Outdoors.” Be sure to download some great science activities for your next hike or camp-out!

Most North Carolina Science Festival events are local and community-based, but a few events are so big that they reach North Carolinians across the state! Learn more about these 2016 statewide events here:

  • NC Gravity Games Join the competition that combines engineering, design, teamwork and speed. Sign up for the NC Gravity Games, a soap-box-derby style race sponsored by Google and Appalachian State University.
  • North Carolina Statewide Star Party On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 the North Carolina Science Festival is kicking off its celebration in style with the 4th annual Statewide Star Party.
  • Meet Sid the Science Kid UNC-TV brings this popular character to meet the public at two locations this year.

In addition to events, the Festival highlights opportunities such as exhibitions, tours and activities you can participate in throughout April.

  • Imagination Station Science & History Museum, Wilson Schedule your own guided tour of our Prehistoric Exhibit and learn firsthand about the Cretaceous Period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Visit the website to learn more.
  • Keeping Watch on Air, Charlotte This exhibit and interactive installation focuses on the issue of urban air quality and the environment in Charlotte. Presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts and Architecture.
  • Museum of Life & Science, Durham Calling all curious observers! Come join us in The Lab at the for Astronomy April! For the entire month of April, we will be doing hands-on experiments to explore the Universe. Each week will offer new activities to spark your sense of wonder.
  • Outdoor Scavenger Hunt at ImaginOn, Charlotte Come participate in an outdoor scavenger hunt that is sure to build your observation skills as you travel around outside of ImaginOn. You’ll notice our “green” landscaping, recycled building materials, and a few fun characters as you try to find the locations of each photo on the scavenger hunt worksheet. Find everything to earn a prize!
  • Conservators Center, Burlington Come awaken your wild side at the Conservators Center, where you can see and hear lions, tigers, wolves, binturongs, and more from as close as 5 feet away! In honor of the NC Science Festival, we’re offering 20% off all Family and Adult Adventure tours from April 8-24! Just use the code “NCScience” at checkout to receive your discount.
  • Talon To Table, Charlotte This celebration of locally sourced food, drinks and the environment will include dinner, drinks, music, speaker and an auction to support the Carolina Raptor Center. Speaker Thane Maynard, host of “90-second Naturalist”, co-author with Jane Goodall of “Hope For Animals & Their World,” and Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, will talk about community connections to nature and food.
  • Project Wet Workshop at SCIWORKS, Winston-Salem Project WET, April 9, is an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and informal educators of K-12 students. Each participant will receive the Project WET Curriculum & Activity Guide full of hands-on activities correlated to the NC Essential Standards for grades K-8 and for High School Earth/Environmental Science and Biology.
  • North Carolina Birds & Raptors, Charlotte A photo exhibit is presented by the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library Library, in conjunction with the Audubon Society and the Carolina Raptor Center. Catch the exhibit April 11 through August 1, 2016, or a special presentation called Uptown Raptors: the Wildlife Above Us on April 20 from 6:30-7:45 pm.