UNC Charlotte Celebrates NC Science Festival with Two Weeks of Activities

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CHARLOTTE – March 12, 2013 - April is North Carolina Science Festival time. So, where in Charlotte can you…

Shoot air cannons and learn the physics of the vortex? Build mountains and valleys and watch a river turn them into plains, gorges and deltas? See how common hardware parts can be made into cool machines? Play basketball with robots? Get engaged in the real life cloak-and-dagger of cybersecurity? Hear the sound of NASCAR thunder, and see how the engines are built?

The UNC Charlotte Science & Technology Expo  is where, on Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus’ Student Union Mall.

Now in its second year as the close-out event in the North Carolina Science Festival, the free, public exposition features dozens of hands-on science and technology activities and educational presentations, with something of interest for every member of the family.

Because of a high level of public interest in 2012’s NC Science Festival, UNC Charlotte has decided to extend its festival participation in 2013 with additional events scheduled to run through the entire festival period.

Helping to kick off the festival on April 5, the new UNC Charlotte Observatory will be hosting a NC Science Festival Star Party, one of many being held simultaneously state-wide. To accommodate more people with access to the available telescopes, the observatory will offer two sessions, one at 8 p.m. and a second at 9 p.m.

Register by emailing CLAS-Event@uncc.edu .

UNC Charlotte is also scheduling a series of five public science and technology lectures, aimed a presenting a variety of interesting scientific topics accessible to a general audience.

Highlighting the lecture series will be a free public talk by California Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll, the acclaimed author of several popular books on modern physics and cosmology. Carroll will speak on “The Particle at the End of the Universe” on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), room G256.

Other distinguished talks in the series include UNC Charlotte chemistry professor Daniel Rabinovich on "Hydrogen to Copernicium:  The World of Chemistry on Postage Stamps" on Friday, April 5  at 3 p.m. in Grigg Hall 132; Director of Complex Systems Institute and software systems professor Mirsad Hadzikadic on "Learning To Do E-Science in a Virtual World" on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in Bioinformatics 105; optical science professor Greg Gbur on "The Science of Invisibility" on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Bioinformatics 105 and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics Daniel Janies on "Weather Maps for Infectious Disease" on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., in Grigg Hall 132.

UNC Charlotte's North Carolina Science Festival events are sponsored by UNC Charlotte Research and Economic Development, the Charlotte Research Institute and the Colleges of Computing and Informatics, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education and the Graduate College. WFAE 90.7fm is a Media Partner.

More information on NC Science Festival events at UNC Charlotte can be found on the event website at http://ncsciencefestival.uncc.edu or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UNCCharlotteScienceTechExpo.

Faculty, student and community organizations interested in presenting activities at the Expo should contact Jim Hathaway at jbhathaw@uncc.edu or by phone at 704-687-5743.



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Science and Technology Expo, Star Party and Public Lectures Expand Festival Offerings