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2014 UNC Science Expo

posted Tuesday March 18, 2014

The 2014 UNC Science Expo takes place on Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on UNC’s campus along Cameron Avenue. This free event is UNC’s single largest science outreach event, attracting approximately 10,000 participants. It is a festive atmosphere that celebrates science and provides a firsthand opportunity to see UNC science at work and interact with researchers.

The UNC Science Expo is part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a two-week-long compilation of public science events across the state. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center founded the Festival in 2010 and continues to administer it. The North Carolina Science Festival was the first statewide science festival in the world, and the UNC Science Expo has been part of the Festival since its first year.

What can you do at the Expo?

The UNC Science Expo is a perfect day outing for families! Join us for demonstrations, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours of research labs, exhibits, stage presentations and science-related arts and crafts. Learn about 3-D printing, Google Glass, giant waves, virtual reality, robotics, DNA and fossils. Talk to university scientists and learn about current science research happening on UNC’s campus.

Check out the “Small Science” play area -- a safe, interactive space for children ages 2-8 to explore, play and build. Older children may take a turn riding a Segway or climbing a 24-foot "rock" wall.

The Sustainability Center and the Solar Stage,
presented by Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation

As part of the UNC Science Expo, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation (co-sponsors of the Expo) present the Sustainability Center and the Solar Stage, powered entirely by solar energy. Visit this area to enjoy live entertainment and to learn about composting, alternative energy sources, water conservation and ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

DSI Comedy will host live entertainment on the Solar Stage. Here's the schedule:

  • 10 a.m. UNC Science Expo Kickoff, DSI Comedy
  • 10:05 a.m. Chemistry Magic Show, Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity
  • 10:45 a.m. Cognitive Resonance, a capella group
  • 11:20 a.m. Physics is "Phun," Duane Deardorff, UNC physics department
  • 11:50 a.m. DSI Comedy, improvisation
  • 12:35 p.m. Big Bang Boom, children’s band
  • 1:10 p.m. Dueling Demos, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
  • 1:45 p.m. Bouncing Bulldogs, jump rope team
  • 2:25 p.m. Reptile Show, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Before and after the Expo

Come early to cheer on or participate in the 5K for Fitness (9 a.m. start time) sponsored by the Public School Foundation and Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro/Durham. After the race, join the parade to the Expo (leaving from McCorkle Place at 9:45 a.m.), led by the Carolina Hurricane’s mascot "Stormy" and the Storm Squad to kick off the Expo! (If you want to register for the race, click here.) After the expo, cheer on the UNC Tar Heels as they start the 2014 season with the Spring Football Game at 3 p.m.

A few more details ...

Bring your family, friends and classmates to this science open house! Teachers are welcome to bring field trip groups. Food trucks will be available for lunch, snacks and drinks.

Parking (free and pay lots) is available on campus and in downtown Chapel Hill. Maps and more information will be available at the Expo information booth across from Memorial Hall throughout the day.

For exhibitors only

If you are working at a booth, exhibit or other feature of the UNC Science Expo, please download these documents to see where you will be on Saturday.