BY JONATHAN FREDERICK
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.
The team at Raleigh's beautiful and historic Oakwood Cemetery have started doing some incredible public outreach. This event features a science and history scavenger hunt.
This event is my fault. Proudly, I might add. Why? Because A. I have a nephew who, whenever he sees any sort of big truck, completely freaks out and needs to be near it; and B. I attended a meeting where a power company official was saying that with proficiency in STEM, young people can earn $70K/year working on line trucks for utility companies.
By combining A and B, we get a great community outreach event where companies operating STEM trucks can show off what they do and TRUCKS! TRUUUCCKS, UNCLE JON!!!
Crossfit fanatics, this one's for you: an epic obstacle course team challenge combining science and fitness. Let's get ready to rumble!
Right there on April Fool's Day, folks, Earth's premier science comedian takes the stage at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
Like a little art with your science? A little science with your art? This event is being produced by the NC Museum of Art's Contemporaries group and is a GREAT DATE MOVE. Trust me on that.
Want to meet amazing scientists? Want to speak Spanish? Come do both at this fantastic bilingual event at Durham's Museum of Life & Science. So grateful and impressed with the team over there!
People of NC, Science NEEDS YOU! We're huge fans of citizen science. This event is a training for a big diamondback terrapin count happening in May. If you don't know what diamondback terrapins looks like, think of the cutest turtles ever. Now add polka dots. So adorable.
3.14. Carowinds Education Days
Thanks to their good work with Discovery Place, our favorite amusement park drops a little roller coaster science on you.
3. Zucchini 500
It's like a pinewood derby but with produce. So much fun and so many pun possibilities.
This is like a glimpse of the future when all our sports are handled by our robots. Check out this YouTube clip with an epic battle at about the 1 min mark.
Think all you need to surf is a sandy blonde mullet? Well, you're wrong. You also need to know a little bit about physics.
1. Yuri's Night
The worldwide space party is going down on April 12. Thanks to some enterprising UNC students, downtown Chapel Hill is in the mix.
And that barely scratches the surface. So many cool events this year. In fact, there are over 400 events that are completely searchable and share-able right from here. Find some near you. And -- oh yeah ---
The fun starts this Friday!!!
Photo: Kids become scientists during NC Science Festival activities by Morehead Planetarium