Special Opportunities

NC Gravity Games

School-aged teams from across the state are invited to design, build, and race their gravity-powered cars through the streets of Lenoir on Saturday, April 25. Produced by Google, Appalachian State University, and NCSciFest, this event combines racing with a STEM-themed street festival for all ages.


During this 8th annual Statewide Star Party, astronomy clubs, state and local parks, universities, planetariums, science centers, nature centers, and libraries will host public skywatching sessions at 36 sites across North Carolina.

Earth Day 2020

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and sites across North Carolina are celebrating with Festival events.

Citizen Science

NCSciFest partners offer a wide range of opportunties for North Carolinians to participate through Citizen Science programs:

  • Use the iNaturalist app at River Park North in Greenville throughout the month of April to assist scientists by cataloging flora and fauna.
  • The City Nature Challenge takes place April 24-27 and challenges the people of different metropolitan areas to see who can tag the most organisms.
  • Search for "citizen science" on our calendar to find other great opportunities that are part of this year's Festival.


This year's Festival brings several great opportunities to learn more about DNA and genetics:

  • A special mass-participation activity to kick off the Festival - details coming soon!
  • On April 2, UNC-TV will host a special preview and panel discussion of Ken Burns' latest film, The Gene: An Intimate History, which will air in two parts on April 7 and 14.
  • NC DNA Day, which takes place on April 24, is an annual event where scientists from NC’s leading research universities and institutions visit high schools statewide to present interactive, hands-on lessons about genetics, genomics, and biotechnology.


Founded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the IMPACTS program is a prestigious and highly competitive program that provides scientists and STEM professionals with high-quality science communication workshops and real-world application of their newly acquired skills.