N.C. Science Festival Brings Fun Learning
The N.C. Science Festival brings lots of opportunities for hands-on learning to the Triangle. See the N.C. Science Festival events below and find more in our roundup of other family-friendly March festivals.
Cemetery Sleuths: People Are Dying to Try It!
March 28-30 – Use historical documents, GPS tracking, scientific identification and mathematics to work your way through a set of clues while getting to know one of Raleigh’s most historic landmarks. Free. 10 a.m. March 28-29; noon March 30. Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/cemetery-sleuths.
Lessons in Flight
March 28 – Learn how to build and fly kites, bottle rockets and other aeronautic inventions to celebrate National Kite Month. Discover how these objects fly and compare them to birds. Ages 8-14. Registration required. $28. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, Cypress Shelter, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/lessons-in-flight.
Recycling Center Tour
March 28 – Learn what happens to all the bottles, cans and paper you recycle and what happens to things that aren’t recyclable. Free. 1:30 p.m. Sonoco Recycling, 111 S. Rogers Ln., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/rc-tour.
Water in Our World Exhibit Open House
March 28 – Learn facts about water. Free. 2:30 p.m. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/water-in-our-world.
Carolina Hurricanes South Plaza Party
March 29 and April 5 – Join a team of educators for hands-on science experiments and enjoy a live band, street hockey and inflatable bouncy fun. Free. 5-7 p.m. PNC Arena, 1400 Edward Mills Rd., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/canes-plaza.
Eagle Watch Boat Tour
March 29 – Board a pontoon boat and search the lake for majestic bald eagles. Learn about other birds that live at the lake. Email email@example.com to register for the 12:30 p.m. or the 2 p.m. tour. Rain date is March 30. Free. 12:30-2 p.m. Jordan Lake Environment Education, 1434 Farrington Rd., Apex. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/eagle-watch.
Family Science Fair
March 29-30 – Sign up to display your own science project in this noncompetitive fair or simply explore others’ creations and investigations. Free museum admission for registered participants. $5 ages 1-11. 10 a.m. March 29; 1 p.m. March 30. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/fsf.
March 30 – Nanoscientists from Duke University, N.C. State University and Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center share hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations about all things teeny tiny. $5 ages 1 and older. 1-4 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/nano-days.
April 1 – Measure car air emissions and engage in hands-on activities with particle sensors. Enjoy air-themed crafts, bubbles and a storytime for young children from 9-11:30 a.m. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Durham County South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave., Durham. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/air-fair.
Raleigh Rockin’ Walkin’ Tour
April 1 and 4 – Explore the varied rocks and minerals that make up the buildings of downtown Raleigh and use samples and other activities to find out how the rocks were made and why they are used for buildings. Discover rock types and visit a unique education wall with the water and rock cycle etched in to it. Free. 3-5 p.m. Bicentennial Plaza, N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/raleigh-rockin-walkin-tour.
Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet
April 1 – 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/2014_event/irrational-planet.
Exploring Energy and the Environment
April 2 – Learn about nuclear energy, electricity transmission, radiation, environmental monitoring and more through hands-on, interactive exhibits and instruction by Harris Nuclear Plant experts. Discover unique North Carolina habitats and meet the plants and animals that call them home with a traveling presentation by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Free. 10 a.m. Harris Energy and Environmental Center, 3932 New Hill Holleman Rd., New Hill. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/exploring-energy.
April 4 – Learn how landfills are built and managed to prevent pollution of air and groundwater. Enjoy a rare, guided tour of the closed landfill to glimpse water and gas wells, as well as the wildlife that call the landfill home. Free. 1 p.m. Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility, 630 Beacon Lake Dr., Raleigh. ncsciencefestival.org/2014_event/taking-care.