We celebrate the things we love and admire. And we’re familiar with music and art festivals, of course. But until recently there was no equivalent acknowledgement of the importance and role of science in our lives. So it seems only right to celebrate science for its contributions to making the world a safer, healthier, and more interesting place. That’s the idea behind the North Carolina Science Festival, the first state-wide science festival.
We were inspired by the science festival concept to hold our own event, so we created our Science Week. When we learned of the NC Science Festival, it seemed a natural fit, so we applied to be an official event. We’re delighted to announce that the NC Science Festival organizers have selected Science Week as an official Festival event!
We are truly adhering to the spirit of the Festival, given what Festival director Jonathan Frederick said, “The North Carolina Science Festival is about communities coming together to celebrate the wonders of science.” Moreover, we’re adhering to the spirit of Maria Montessori when she said, “We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”
Highlights of Science Week include:
- Students’ Science Exhibition: Student posters presented in a science fair setting.
- Science Cafe: Informal Q&A with inventor Chuck Pell, a leader in biomimetic robots.
- Food for Thought: Lunch with a scientist
- Health Fair: Free checkups! Check your blood pressure and get health and weight-watching advice.
- Dissect Tech: Students hack gizmos, gadgets, and widgets to explore what lies within and figure out what makes them tick, beep, and whirr.
- Above and Beyond: Stargazing with the Raleigh Astronomy Club to explore the night sky.
- Starlab: NC Museum of Life and Science’s portable planetarium offers an indoor experience to learn about the night sky.
Select events are open to the public and all events are free to attend. For dates, times, and more details about each event, be sure to visit the Science Week web page.