The 2014 North Carolina Science Festival kicks off with bang


 

NC Science Festival

This is the Festival’s 4th year, and the two-week series of events opens with a bang: You can learn about the science of whirligigs in Wilson, kick off Nano Days in Hendersonville and meet New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer in Charlotte. To see the full list of Festival events for Friday, March 28, and other days and to learn more about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit the Festival’s website, “like” the Festival on Facebook and follow the Festival on Twitter.

The N.C. Science Festival began in 2010 as an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which continues to produce events and administer the Festival.

Festival Mission

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

The North Carolina Science Festival and others like it offer an opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. This Festival provides the opportunity to cultivate a positive environment that encourages 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 pursuing careers in science and technology, the North Carolina Science Festival energizes our state’s effort to respond to these challenges while building new and stronger relationships among the education, business and cultural leaders who will lead that response.

Most importantly, scientists want everyone to know what they know – that science is fun!

The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

 

 

The North Carolina Science Festival is a 17-day statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of the STEM disciplines on North Carolina. It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events, and engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring the next generation. It serves as a vehicle for encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and for businesses to invest in North Carolina.

The 2014 Festival Champion is Time Warner Cable. 2014 Platinum sponsors include Biogen Idec Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and SAS. 2014 Gold Sponsors include Duke Energy Foundation, The News & Observer, Time Warner Cable News and UTC Aerospace Systems. The Festival is an initiative of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

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