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UNC Science Expo

posted Wednesday March 14, 2012


The UNC Science Expo is returning to Chapel Hill April 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. as part of the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival.

The 2012 Expo includes favorite activities from 2010 and more. There will be events across UNC's campus for all ages. A "small science" area for kids, professor discussions on a range of science topics and an Ask-A-Scientist booth are only some of what the Expo has to offer. Many exhibitors will have hands-on activities exploring things such as robots, volcanoes and DNA as well!


Student, professor and community volunteers will have booths with demonstrations and information on topics from physics to chemistry to technology. Be sure to check out Innovation Avenue where you can see cool technology that's been invented right here at UNC.

There will also be a stage presenting fun science performances. The event begins here with the Expo Kick-Off and continues with science shows throughout the day.

  • 11 a.m.
    Expo Kick-Off
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Chemistry Magic Show with Jackson Trotman
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Physics Made Phun with Dr. Duane Deardorff
  • 1 p.m.
    The Brain Show with Dr. Gary Duncan
  • 2 p.m.
    Science Storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm, Brianna Leesch, Hannah Pierce and Megan Ward

However, exciting presentations are not only on the stage.

At 11:30 a.m. in Gerrard Hall is the Keynote presentation with Nobel Laureate Oliver Smithies, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. UNC President Emeritus William Friday will interview Dr. Smithies and open the hall for a question and answer session. This presentation is recommended for ages 13 and up.

At 1:30 p.m., Room 201 in Chapman Hall will present Environmental Health and Your Family: Experts Answer Your Questions.

At 2 p.m., Room 215 in Phillips Hall hosts a Phenomenal Physics demo show. See some of the coolest physics experiments performed right in front of you.

Be sure to check out the open houses hosted by many of UNC’s science departments throughout the day.


Chemistry: New Venable Hall
Computer Science: Sitterson Hall & Brooks Computer Science Building
Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology: Chapman Hall
Marine Science: Chapman Hall
Mathematics: Chapman Hall
Morehead Observatory: Morehead Building, East End, 4th Floor
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
DESTINY Mobile Science Labs: parked in front of Memorial Hall
Physics and Astronomy: Chapman Hall

It's free so come enjoy a fun science-filled Saturday hosted by Morehead, UNC and NCSF. The North Carolina Science Festival runs April 13-29. Visit the NCSF website for more fun festival events.


  • Map of Expo events and activities

  • Parking: Free parking is offered throughout campus. Be prepared to walk to Expo venues or take the free U bus to the Sitterson/Brooks Hall stop. Paid parking is also offered in the UNC Rams Head lot or Town of Chapel Hill parking lots on Rosemary Street. Bus parking is located on Skipper Bowles Drive near the Dean Smith Center. From there, take the U bus to campus. Parking for disabled guests is available throughout campus.

  • First Aid: In the Red Cross tent near Small Science.

  • Weather: The UNC Science Expo takes place rain or shine! If necessary, a revised map will be available on this page on April 14.

  • Dining: Food and drinks are available across campus. There are a Chik-fil-a and Subway in Lenoir Hall, Alpine Bagels in the Student Union and Starbucks at Rams Head Dining Center. Food carts will also be open near the Science Stage.

Want to continue today's fun? Stay on campus for the Carolina spring football game at 3 p.m. in Kenan Stadium. Admission is FREE!

Wondering how science and football are related? Stop by our Expo Information table next to the Expo stage to learn more. Join us and you might just end up on the 50-yard line of Kenan Stadium at halftime.

Special thanks to:
Office of the Chancellor
Carolina Dining Services
UNC Athletics
UNC Facilities
UNC Red Cross Club
Event volunteers

Thank you to all of our exhibitors and providers. Click here for a full list of exhibitors.