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STEMville Science Symposium

STEMville Science Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore different types of STEM careers!

STEMville Science Symposium is a half-day science conference for children in grades four through seven. They meet and talk with scientists and researchers, participate in workshops and conduct experiments - constructing solar cells, extracting DNA from strawberries, building catapults and more.

STEMville Science Symposium is designed to be like a professional conference for career scientists in every way. There's even a keynote speaker, a snack break and a swag bag complete with notebook, pen, conference program, t-shirt and other goodies.

This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

STEMville Science Symposium 2019

April 6, 2019

8:30 am – 12:30 pm​

2019 Keynote Speaker: Bianca Howard

Bianca Howard is a North Carolina native with a passion for trash. She didn't seek the garbage-driven life, but instead took a circuitous path of pursuing science to solve environmental problems. Bianca studied environmental science and Spanish at North Carolina State University, where internships led her to howl with monkeys in Costa Rica and whisper policy ideas to state legislators in Raleigh. After graduation, she earned a master's degree in ecology at the University of Florida, where she studied the impact of volunteers in sea turtle nest-watching programs. Since 2004, Bianca has been been talking trash to the citizens of rapidly growing Wake County. She's mesmerized by the science and engineering of landfills, and sometimes eats them! When she's not learning better ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste, she reminisces about her experience on a game show where the answers are phrased in the form of a question. 


8:30AM: Sign-in/light breakfast reception in Rotunda

9:00AM - 9:45AM: Keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theatre



9:55AM - 10:40AM:  1st session 

Break and move to next session

10:50AM - 11:35AM:  2nd session

Break and move to next session

11:45AM - 12:30PM:  3rd session



After students finish with their 3rd session, they will be dismissed to the West Lawn where they were dropped off that morning. Parents will be able to park, walk up to the tables, and sign out their student(s) after presenting a valid photo ID.

After the symposium, join us on Cameron Avenue for the UNC Science Expo, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Enjoy hundreds of activities including hands-on experiments, live science demos, stage entertainment, and more!

Registration and Fees

  • Registration has now closed for this year's STEMville Science Symposium.
  • Fees are $25 per participant
  • Scholarships available

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