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STEMville Science Symposium

Explore STEM careers and meet other young explorers at STEMville Science Symposium!

STEMville Science Symposium is a half-day science conference for children in grades four through seven. They meet and talk with scientists and researchers, participate in workshops and conduct experiments – constructing solar cells, extracting DNA from strawberries, building catapults and more.

STEMville Science Symposium is designed to be like a professional conference for career scientists in every way. There’s even a keynote speaker, a snack break and a swag bag complete with notebook, pen, conference program, t-shirt and other goodies!

This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

STEMville Science Symposium

2020 Symposium

Saturday, April 4, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

8:30AM: Sign-in/light breakfast reception in Rotunda

9:00AM – 9:45AM: Keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theatre​​

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Students will have brief breaks in between each session.

9:55AM – 10:40AM:  1st session

10:50AM – 11:35AM:  2nd session

11:45AM – 12:30PM:  3rd session

Dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

After students finish with their 3rd session, they will be dismissed to the West Lawn where they were dropped off that morning. Parents will be able to park, walk up to the tables, and sign out their student(s) after presenting a valid photo ID.

After the symposium, join us on Cameron Avenue for the UNC Science Expo, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Enjoy hundreds of activities including hands-on experiments, live science demos, stage entertainment, and more!

  • Registration opens on Monday, February 3 at 9 a.m.
  • Fees are $25 per participant
  • Scholarships are available. Please contact Carla Robinson at carlarob@live.unc.edu for more information.

Dr. Luiz Pimenta grew up in Brazil, where he attended a military school until the age of seventeen. With dreams of becoming a dentist like his father, he went to dental school. After running a successful dental practice, Dr. Pimenta decided to pursue his love of teaching and became a professor of restorative dentistry. He came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 as a visiting professor, only planning to stay in the United States for a year. When offered a permanent position in the Adams School of Dentistry at UNC Chapel Hill, he made the difficult decision to move his family to the U.S. and has been here ever since! Dr. Pimenta is currently a professor of Prosthodontics and has traveled around the world to help children with cleft palate. In addition to teaching and traveling, Dr. Pimenta brings dentists from across the globe to UNC to receive U.S. training alongside American students.

Carla Robinson | STEMville Coordinator
stemville@unc.edu
919.962.8435