Free Events Show Kids the Science Behind Goop, Snot, Magic

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Gooey messes, snot and other gelatinous stuff hold a weird fascination for children, so why not exploit those interests to teach them science? With the North Carolina Science Festival taking place April 13-29, venues across the Triangle are showing children that science can be fun by honing in on subjects that grab their attention, from mucus to magic.

*  From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 14, kids can head to the University of North Carolina Science Expo, in Chapel Hill, for a free hands-on event that is part of the 2012 North Carolina Science Festival. You’ll find science events for all ages, including a “small science” area for kids, a chemistry magic show, professor discussions on a range of science topics and an Ask-A-Scientist booth. Many exhibitors will have hands-on activities exploring things such as robots, volcanoes and DNA, and you can watch fun science performances on stage. For a complete schedule of activities and a map, visit this link. Free parking will be offered throughout campus.

* From 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Duke University, in Durham, children will learn about gooey materials and the wonders of snot, also part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Duke faculty and students will share experiences with oobleck cornstarch polymers, origami that folds itself magically, and other kinds of goop. The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center of the Research Triangle will host this free event in the Fitzpatrick CIEMAS building on Duke University’s West Campus.  The evening also features tours of Duke facilities including the DiVE virtual reality simulator, and a guest lecture, “The Science of Snot,” by Dr. Richard Superfine of UNC-Chapel Hill’s physics department. Public parking is available in the Bryan Center structure on Research Drive, near the Duke Chapel. For more information on this event and the NC Science Festival, visit this link.

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