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The 2014 UNC Science Expo

May 8 2014 - 11:17am

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.

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Total Lunar Eclipse on The Night of April 14-15, 2014

Apr 14 2014 - 3:56pm


Willing to lose a little sleep the night of April 14-15, 2014? You could gain a big view.

That night, the full moon passes deeply into Earth’s shadow, resulting in the first total lunar eclipse since 2011.

What you’ll need to view this lunar eclipse:

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Be Part of NC's Statewide Star Party: April 4 and 5, 2014

Mar 27 2014 - 12:12pm


On April 4 and 5, 2014, forty sites from the mountains to the coast will host skywatching sessions for the public, as part of North Carolina’s second annual Statewide Star Party. Hosts include astronomy clubs, parks, nature centers, planetariums, observatories, museums, and universities.

What might you do at a star party event?

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NC Science Festival 2014 Gets Out of The Box

Mar 26 2014 - 8:32am


A few months ago, I challenged our North Carolina Science Festival event partners to get weird. They listened. This year's line-up features some of the most fun and funky science events we've ever had. Here are a few (in no particular order) to whet your appetite for the 17-day science madness that starts THIS FRIDAY.

10. Cemetery Sleuths: People Are Dying To Try It!

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Register now for "Starry Nights: Spring Skies"

Mar 16 2014 - 8:00pm

It may not feel like spring on some of these brisk days, but it's already time for "Starry Nights: Spring Skies" on Wednesday, March 18. This adult education program offers an opportunity to learn about the constellations, planets and other celestial objects best seen this season.

Click here for registration and details.

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NC Science Festival begins on March 28!

Mar 13 2014 - 8:00pm

We're just a few days away from the North Carolina Science Festival -- our state's two-week-long, 500-mile-wide celebration of science!

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Register now for STEMville Science Symposium!

Mar 12 2014 - 8:00pm

If you register now, you can be a part of the first-ever STEMville Science Symposium -- a unique new program for students in grades 4-7 who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

Click here to register! Spaces are limited.

Here are the details for STEMville Science Symposium:

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The Science of Sport

Mar 10 2014 - 8:00pm

Tickets are on sale now for The Science of Sports, a special presentation by Emmy Award-winning ESPN Sport Science John Brenkus. You can click here to buy tickets.

The Science of Sports is Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. This is a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

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Science on the Sundial

Mar 9 2014 - 8:00pm

Morehead is an official site for the 2nd Friday Artwalk, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. During each 2nd Friday, experience "Science on the Sundial" with hands-on activities (free) and evening planetarium shows (regular ticket prices apply).

The next 2nd Friday Artwalk is March 14. We'll have science activities, two planetarium shows and the popular food truck, Parlez-Vous Crêpe

Planetarium show schedule:

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Is There Room for STEAM in the STEM World?

Mar 9 2014 - 1:42pm


TL;DR version: Yes.

Slightly longer version:

There's a debate raging behind the scenes in the science education world. Should STEM -- traditionally defined as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- be expanded to include the Arts (STEAM), or Religion (STREAM), or Health (uhhh...SHTEM)? The question has been met with eye rolls and sighs; meetings filled with derisive laughter, lots of shouting and lukewarm coffee being thrown in people's faces.