A multi-day celebration of science and technology in North Carolina, being organized by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, will take place in venues across the state in September, marking the first-ever statewide science festival in the U.S.
The N.C. Science Festival will feature nearly 100 programs during its two-week celebration, Sept. 11-26. The festival will showcase science through participatory activities that include tours, exhibits and performances for all ages, and programs that will highlight the educational, cultural and economic impact of science within the state.
The festival was inspired by science festivals in Boston and San Diego and in Europe, Morehead director Todd Boyette said.
Festival highlights will include the popular BugFest at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and the new UNC Science Expo at Carolina.
The festival is designed to inspire children and adults to pursue interests in science and to energize the relationships among the state’s leaders in science education and industry, responding to recent reports that suggest the U.S. may be losing ground as a world leader in science and technology.
The festival is an official partner of the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., which plans to have its inaugural event in October.