N.C. Science Festival, through April 21

N.C. Science Festival events continue in Charlotte

Staff ReportsApril 14, 2013 

Science_Expo

Holy smokes! There was an operational steam cannon at last year's "Science & Technology Expo" at UNCC. (JOHN ADKISSON - N.C. SCIENCE FESTIVAL PHOTO)

JOHN ADKISSON — NCSF

The North Carolina Science Festival, which began April 5, continues for another week with hundreds of events from one end of the state to the other.

Here’s a sampling of events that are planned in the Triangle area through April 21:

• At 1 p.m. April 15, the “Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium” features poster sessions and platform talks that point up the wide variety of undergraduate research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The free event is at Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

• April 16 is N.C. Science Festival Day at the General Assembly. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., you can see – for free – 20 exhibitors invited from around the state who will show their hands-on, interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics creations at the Legislative Complex.

•  At 4:30 p.m. April 16, Dr. Martin Golubitsky, a mathematician at Ohio State University, will show some patterns and discuss how mathematical symmetry appears throughout nature. His free-to-attend talk at N.C. State will be held at SAS Hall, NCSU North Campus, 2311 Stinson Drive.

• Also on April 16, 10 to 12 representatives from Research Triangle Park’s universities and companies will speak about weird and wacky science in the “180 Degrees” speaker series. The 6 p.m. event at RTP headquarters, 12 Davis Drive, Durham, is free, but registration is required at www.rtp.org.

• “Mad Materials Science: Strange Polymers, Crazy Colloids, and Mad Materials” – a lighthearted, science-filled presentation by Popular Science columnist, element enthusiast and “mad scientist” Theo Gray, takes place at 4:30 p.m. April 17 at Paul M. Gross Hall, Duke University, 104 Science Drive, Durham. It’s free to attend.

• University of Pennsylvania psychologist Dr. Robert Seyfarth will speak on “Social Cognition and the Origins of Language” at 5 p.m. April 18 in Love Auditorium at Duke University’s Levine Science Research Center, 450 Research Drive, Durham. Free.

• Alton Brown – the host of “Good Eats” on the Food Network – will speak on kitchen science and more at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham. A question-answer session with the audience will follow. Admission: $20-$125 per person. Ticket info: www.dpacnc.com.

• April 19, bring binoculars and a blanket or chair to view the stars at Harris Lake – and learn how to chart them from your own home. It’s $5 per family and begins at 9 p.m. at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.

• Celebrate Earth Day on April 20 at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, with “Science at Play.” Activities, which begin at 9 a.m., include a gardening (children plant seeds in biodegradable pots they can take home). Events are free with paid museum admission. (Details: www.marbleskidsmuseum.org).

• Beer science? Why not! At 1 p.m. April 20, take a science-oriented look around the Carolina Brewing Company. The free tour covers everything from grain-grinding to bottling. The brewery is at 140 Thomas Mill Road, Holly Springs.

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