UNC Science Expo
UNC Science Expo
Saturday April 6, 2024 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for one of the biggest celebrations of science in the state!
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in partnership with the students and faculty at UNC, celebrate science with our community.
This annual celebration of science features more than 100 hands-on activities and science demonstrations led by STEM students, researchers, and practitioners from UNC-Chapel Hill. The UNC Science Expo is your chance to get up close and personal with cutting edge science hands-on activities, demonstrations, games, and performances.
The UNC Science Expo is a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.
2024 exhibitor sign-up is open! Learn more under the “Share your research” section.
Come celebrate all the hard work and research UNC scientists do right here on campus.
UNC Science Expo Parking
Accessible parking will be available in the lot in front Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (250 East Franklin Street). Parking is limited and a drop-off zone will be available during the full time of the event.
For additional campus parking options, please visit https://maps.unc.edu/parking/. Parking is also available in town lots and street parking, but public parking fees may apply. See https://parkonthehill.com/ for more information about town parking options.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is accessible via Chapel Hill Transit, PART, and GoTriangle. Please note Chapel Hill Transit offers fare-free bus service between UNC, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.
From Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina
Take I-40 west to Exit 270 (US 15-501). Turn left off the exit and cross over I-40 onto US 15-501 south. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for Morehead on the left.
From Pittsboro and the Sandhills Area
Take US 15-501 north to Chapel Hill. Cross Fordham Boulevard (this is the US 15-501 Bypass) and stay on US 15-501 Business, which is Columbia Street. Travel 1.5 miles and turn right onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street east for a half mile and look for Morehead on the right.
From Durham and Areas Northeast of Durham
Take I-85 south to US 15-501. Travel south and cross I-40. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for Morehead on the left.
From Burlington, Greensboro, and Western North Carolina
Take I-40 east to Exit 266 (NC Highway 86). Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Historic Airport Road). Travel north 4.1 miles and turn left onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for a half mile and look for Morehead on the right.
Each year the Expo welcomes between 5,000-10,000 visitors from the Triangle region and beyond to campus. More than 100 booths staffed by students, researchers, and other science-loving volunteers fill the quads surrounding Morehead. From hands-on activities and games to science demonstrations and behind-the-scenes lab tours, the Expo makes learning about science fun and engaging for people of all ages.