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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.

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The Festival Is Coming To Towns

Mar 3 2014 - 1:03am


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.

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GSK's Science in the Summer inspires children to be scientists

Feb 15 2014 - 7:00pm

GSK (@GSKUS) and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center have announced that GSK's Science in the Summer™ -- a free, fun, educational program for children entering Grades 2-8 -- will return for its seventh year to select libraries and community sites in nine North Carolina counties.

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How an unreliable fiancé caused the Milky Way to be (an astronomical Valentine’s story)

Feb 13 2014 - 1:07am


Evidently, being scheduled to present Valentine’s planetarium shows does not qualify one as “emergency personnel” at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Were the University not closed (on February 14, 2014) because of the weather, one legend of love you could have heard at Morehead Planetarium’s now-canceled “Carolina Skies: Valentine edition” is the Estonian folktale of Lindu’s wedding veil.