The 2014 North Carolina Science Festival continues through April 13 with hundreds of events, activities and lectures offered statewide. Check www.ncsciencefestival.org for details, including any costs.
Here are some upcoming highlights.
April 1 and 4: At 3 p.m. both days, take the free Raleigh Rockin Walkin’ Tour and learn what kinds of rocks make up the buildings in downtown Raleigh. Learn how and why these types of rocks are used.
April 2: The monthly Carolina Science Cafe series will be at Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill restaurant (100 E. Franklin St.), starting at 6 p.m. with an informal Q-and-A session. A talk – “Electrifying the Brain: Engineering Meets Neuroscience Meets Psychiatry” – will be given by Flavio Frolich, assistant professor in UNC Chapel Hill’s departments of Psychiatry, Cell Biology and Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. Admission is free.
April 3: Climate Science Night, in the Nature Research Center of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., celebrates Earth Month with lectures by WRAL-TV meteorologist Greg Fishel (7:15 p.m.) and N.C. State professor Walt Robinson (8 p.m.). Activities at the free-admission event include spinning the Wheel of Environmental Knowledge, comparing your carbon footprint and learning about ocean acidification.
April 4: This is quite an evening to look at the heavens. There are Star Parties at Marbles Kids Museum (5-7 p.m.), Prairie Ridge Ecostation (7-10 p.m., with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the Raleigh Astronomy Club), Annie Wilkerson Nature Preserve (8-10 p.m.), Reedy Creek Observatory (8-10 p.m.), Eno River State Park in Durham (7:30-9 p.m.), Morehead Observatory in Chapel Hill (9-11 p.m.) and other locations.
April 5: The Triangle SciTech Expo connects students with scientists, researchers, engineers and universities. STEM research is in the spotlight, as are careers in those fields. The 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is free.
From 1 to 3 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., professor Ken Lyle and his team of bubble-ologists from Duke University’s Chemistry Outreach Program present Bubble-ology, showing kids and parents how to make giant bubbles and specialty bubbles.
Also in downtown Raleigh, the World Beer Festival in Moore Square toasts science with its Science of Beer Experience (noon-10 p.m.). At the exhibit, included in festival admission, there are beer ingredient samplings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more. Staff reports