2015 N.C. Science Festival Offers Triangle Fun
The 2015 N.C. Science Festival features events all over the state April 10-26. Below are several local festival events. Visit ncsciencefestival.org for the full schedule.
Statewide Star Parties
April 10-25 – Explore the night sky with telescopes and learn about the stars. Statewide Star Party events occur at Old North Durham Park, American Tobacco Trail, Morehead Planetarium, Eno River State Park, Jordan Lake and other sites. ncsciencefestival.org.
The Science of Music
April 10 – Examine vinyl records, learn how to use microphones to record a live band, experiment with sound frequencies and more. Free. 4-6 p.m. The Shed Jazz Club, 807 E. Main St., #130, Durham. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/the-science-of-music.
Family Science Fair at Marbles
April 11 – Sign up to display your own science project or explore others’ creations and investigations. Registration closes April 8. $5 ages 1-11. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org/familysciencefair.
Bubble-ology at Marbles
April 11 – Make giant bubbles, stir up a cauldron of bubblicious potion and play around with how different frames and solutions create different kinds of bubbles. $5 ages 1-11. 1-3 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. ncsciencefestival.org.
Gadgets and Gizmos: Egg Drop With The Engineering Place
April 12 – Engineer a protective packaging to help an egg survive a drop. $5 ages 1-adult. 1-3 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Hands-Free Origami at Duke University
April 13 – Explore hands-on demonstrations about polymers, programmed assembly, chemistry, light, 3-D printing and biomedical engineering. All ages. Free. 5:30 p.m. Gross Hall, Duke University, Durham. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/origami.
Junk Jams at The Scrap Exchange
April 13 – Examine acoustics in action using a collection of instruments built from buckets, pots, pans and other reclaimed materials. 12:30-1:20 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/scrap-exchange.
Soap Bubbles and Mathematics
April 14 – Dr. Frank Morgan, author of the “Math Chat Book,” discusses how soap bubbles continue to confound and amaze mathematicians. Enjoy demonstrations, explanations and a guessing game with prizes. Grades 5 and up. 4:30 p.m. 2203 SAS Hall, 2310 Stinson Dr., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/soap-bubbles-and-math.
“The Nature of Science”
April 16 – WRAL’s Greg Fishel interviews prominent meteorologist Kerry Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Emanuel conducts research on hurricanes, climate change and the effects that climate change may have on severe weather. Free. 7 p.m. WRAL 3D Theater, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/town-hall.
April 17 – Tour the closed Wilders Grove Landfill by bus to learn how it’s producing energy while providing habitats to deer, coyote, turkeys and other animals. The tour will also stop at the Raleigh Yard Waste Center and East Wake Transfer Station so participants can examine how waste is transported and disposed in the county. Call to register. Free. 1 p.m. Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility, 630 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh. 919-996-6872. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/landfill-safari.
Raleigh Rockin’ Walkin’ Tour
April 17 and 24 – Explore the varied rocks and minerals that make up the buildings of downtown Raleigh and use samples to find out how the rocks were made and why they are used for buildings. Free. 3 p.m. Bicentennial Plaza, N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/raleigh-rockin-walkin-tour.
April 18 – Make and take an electromagnet, experiment with magnetic shields and test magnetic force with hot and cold magnets. $5 ages 1-adult. 1-5 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
“What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs”
April 18 – Author and professor Cat Warren shows the multifaceted science, rigorous training and skilled handling that underlie the amazing abilities of dogs that work with their noses. Free. 2 p.m. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/cat-warren.
April 19 – Explore body biology with guest star scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. $5 ages 1-adult. Noon-2 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Simple Machines Field Day
April 19 – All ages enjoy simple machine challenges at self-paced stations. Dress to get messy. Registration required. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
“Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet: An Evening of Science Humor”
April 21 – From the lighter side of helium to the darker side of the moon, science comedian Brian Malow dispels science misconceptions and explores the science in everyday life and sci-fi films. Free. 7 p.m. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/rational-comedy-2015.
The Birds and The Bees of Oakwood Cemetery
April 24-26 – Explore the lives of the honeybees and blue birds that call Oakwood home. Enjoy interactive honeybee activities and explore the Blue Bird Trail to understand why these critters are important to the environment. Free. 10 a.m. April 24-25; noon April 26. Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/oakwood-2015.
DNA Discovery Day
April 25 – This extravaganza includes activities related to the discovery of the structure of the DNA helix by Watson and Crick in 1953. On display will be hands-on activities designed to stimulate science discovery and exploration for all ages. Free. 10 a.m. Johnston Community College’s Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Dr., Clayton. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/dna-day.
Wonderful World of Wildlife
April 25 – Visit with native wildlife ambassadors, make Earth Day crafts, track box turtles through the woods and more. Free. 10:30 a.m. Piedmont Wildlife Center, 489 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham. 919-489-0900. ncsciencefestival.org/2015_event/wonderful-world-of-wildlife.