Children and adults can tour research labs, experiment with hands-on activities, watch live science demonstrations and meet scientists at UNC Science Expo on April 9, 2016 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The expo is free and is a signature event of North Carolina Science Festival.
A highlight of the expo is its “science street,” with Cameron Avenue closed to traffic and filled with exhibits and demonstration tents from Playmakers Theater west to Peabody Hall. This year’s expo features more than 100 exhibits and activities, in addition to a “Small Science” children’s playspace.
UNC Science Expo is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, which provides exhibits about sustainability and services in addition to live entertainment on a stage adjacent to South Building. The NC DNA 5K run (http://ncdnaday.org/5k/), which raises funds to support science outreach in North Carolina, takes place immediately before the expo and includes a 100-meter kids’ race.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center coordinates UNC Science Expo, one of several university-based science expos that are part of North Carolina Science Festival. The Festival was founded by Morehead in 2010 and welcomed its one-millionth participant in 2015. Its statewide series of science events showcase the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the lives of North Carolinians. For 2016, the Festival is partnering with NC State Parks with the theme “Science in the Great Outdoors.” Festival dates are April 8–24.