NC Science Festival in the Triad


"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." Mission Statement from 

April 8

American Welding Society Annual Regional Welding Competition
From skyscrapers to cars to bridges – welding shapes lives and communities every day. In fact, most people are surprised to learn that half of our nation’s total gross national product includes welding work, products and services of some kind. All ages. Free. 8-5 p.m. Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson.

Statewide Star Party
View the night sky at various venues throughout the Triad. Cline Observatory, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown at 8:30 p.m.; Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro at 8:30 p.m.; Hanging Rock State Park, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd., Danbury at 8 p.m.; Lake Mackintosh Marina, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington at 7:30 p.m.; Pilot Mountain State Park, 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle at 7:30 p.m. Free.

April 9

Come Build with Us! Showcase for LEGO Education
Participants build race cars, experience robotic animal building, build a robotic Ferris wheel, experiment with circuits, make catapults, build science stories, build a future city with LEGO bricks and compete for prizes. Registration required.1-6 p.m. Free. High Point University School of Education, 1 University Blvd., High Point.

Science Extravaganza!
Plan for a day of hands-on investigations and fun demonstrations scattered throughout the museum and zoo. Included with admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $11.50-$12.50. Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro.

A STEM-based event open to young adolescents in the Winston-Salem area. The event will include activities and presentations that are engaging and aligned to the NC Educational Standards. The event is free to participating students and lunch will be provided. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fourteenth Street Community Center, 2020 N.E. 14th St., Winston-Salem.

April 10

This event begins with a multimedia presentation about the nature of stars, their evolution and why they are important. A showing of the fulldome planetarium show "Journey to the Stars" will follow. The program will conclude with a tour of the observatory. All ages. 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Guilford College Planetarium and Cline Observatory, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro.

April 16

Alamance Science Olympiad Tournament
Events include 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! in which teams make rockets from soda bottles; First In Flight, in which students construct paper airplanes; and Pasta Tower, in which teams compete to see who can build a tower out of only pasta and glue that can hold the most weight. Free. Kindergarten-Grade 6. 8-3 p.m. Alamance Community College, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham.

Citizen Science Day at Kathleen Clay
Come to Price Park to learn how to identify plants and animals with local experts. Then explore the 98-acre park and take pictures with your camera as part of the international I-Naturalist program, a crowd-sourced citizen science project that depends on people like you. All ages. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kathleen Clay Library, 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro.

Science Everywhere
UNCG’s second annual science festival will engage Triad children and their families with science through hands-on activities and dynamic demonstrations at more than 50 interactive stations across the campus. Noon-4 p.m. Free. UNCG Campus, 1100 W. Market St., Greensboro. 

Stargazing at SciWorks
As part of the NC Science Festival, join SciWorks staff and the Forsyth Astronomical Society for a free astronomy observation in the SciWorks parking lot using professional-grade telescopes. 8-11 p.m. Free. 336-767-6730. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem.

April 19

Mission to Mars Family STEM Night
Spend the evening exploring STEM activities for children and adults of all ages. Blessed Sacrament School and the Alamance Makers Guild provide an evening you won't forget. Blast off on a Mission to Mars. Blessed Sacrament School, 515 Hillcrest Ave., Burlington. 

April 20

College of Engineering "Maker Faire" Expo
This all-day "Maker Faire" event will engage students and staff from middle and high schools in hands-on activities and project-based learning in key science and engineering areas, facilitated by engineering researchers at North Carolina A&T State University. Activities will include projects with 3-D printers, robotics and a “Groundwater Water Flow” demonstration. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. NC A&T Alumni Foundation Events Center, Benbow Road, Greensboro. 

April 20-22

Science Alive
Learn through hands on activities how the Moravians of Salem had an advanced understanding of science and technology: agriculture, astronomy, botany, surveying, architecture and manufacturing. Call for group and school tour information. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 pm. $7-$26. 336-721-7300. Old Salem, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem.

April 21

Gateway To Science 2016
A team of graduate students is ready to blow your minds with amazing demonstrations and experiments. Watch short videos about JSNN work, tour the state-of-the-art facility, see over 15 labs and the only HeIon microscope in the Southeast. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, 2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.

April 23

Burlington Mini Maker Faire
This 5th annual event is a celebration of the Maker Movement, hands-on and STEM. Included are activities, demonstrations, performances and talks on all manner of STEM and STEAM topics including digital fabrication, 3-D printed prosthetics, bio-printing, space science, FPV areal photography, quadcopters, actual moon rocks from the Apollo Missions on loan from NASA and much more. All ages. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington.

NC Piedmont Gold
Learn about the science and history of gold mining in North Carolina. Gold was first discovered in NC in 1799, and recovering that gold still continues to this day. Try your hand at gold panning, too. All ages. Drop-in. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 336-885-1859. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point.

Stones – N – Bones
Join geologist Jonathan Fain to explore fossils and learn how scientists use geology to learn more about the history of North Carolina. Sift through fossil dirt brought from Aurora, home of the Fossil Museum. 11a.m.-Noon. Free. 336-885-1859. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St., High Point.

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