BY JONATHAN FREDERICK
That's right: towns. Which is probably the hardest thing to wrap your head around when conceptualizing our statewide science festival. Allow me to explain:
The fourth annual North Carolina Science Festival kicks off on Friday, March 28. For 17 straight days there are hundreds of science events happening all over the state. We're basically putting a big circus tent on top of NC and throwing a big science party.
All sorts of amazing partners are getting in on the act. Museums -- not solely science museums, mind you -- amusement parks, zoos, colleges, shopping malls, bars & restaurants, breweries (science of beer, anyone?), parks, businesses -- you name it, we probably have an event if not in it, then near it.
At last count there are over 700 events on our calendar. (Our calendar... I'll get back to that in a minute). Some of this year's highlights include the return of our wildly successful Statewide Star Party, a visit from Mr. Cosmos himself, Neil deGrasse Tyson, a science-themed fitness race, over a dozen science expos (think "street fairs"), an April Fool's Day science comedy night, and the return of our NC Science Summit. There's literally something for everyone. And I literally mean literally.
When we started this Festival, we wanted to work hard to put high quality science events near every North Carolinian. This year, I think we've achieved our goal thanks to our partners, our sponsors, and the fantastic Morehead team.
I invite you to peruse our calendar and start picking out events to attend. Fair warning: the calendar is gigantic. Don't let it overwhelm you. Our web team has put together a bunch of different ways to search for events you might like. You can find events by geography, topic, day/time, etc. So narrow it down and go crazy.
It's Festival time!
Photo: Sneak peak at your 2014 NC Science Festival (NC map)