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 what’s planned in the greater Charlotte area through April 21:
• Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., April 15-19, is offering “Amphibian Fun” (10 a.m.) and “Constellation Creations” (3 p.m.); April 20 is “Astronomy Day,” with activities and crafts, an inflatable Starlab digital planetarium and more. The activities are free with paid Discovery Place admission. (Details: www.discoveryplace.org).
• At 4:30 p.m. April 16, the “Erosion: A Hands-on Learning Program,” offered free of charge at the Harrisburg Library, 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg, puts an engaging spin on answers to questions about how and why beaches and rivers change over time.
• April 16, learn about “The Science Behind Police Work” from the Cabarrus County Sheriffs Department at 5 p.m. at the Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library. Free admission.
• April 17 at 7:30 p.m., Discovery Place and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club are staging a free-admission “Star Party” in the Discovery Place-Carol Grotnes Belk Parking Complex. It includes an astronomy talk by Jim Craig, director of the James H. Lynn Planetarium of Gastonia’s Schiele Museum of Natural History.
• April 17, Dr. Daniel Janies, UNCC professor of bioinformatics and genomics, offers a public talk about emerging information systems that can be used to study and map the evolution and spread of specific bacteria and viruses – at 7 p.m. in Room 132 of Grigg Hall, UNCC.
• April 18, “Build Your Own Baking Soda Rocket” offers messy fun and education to youngsters at 4 p.m. at the Catawba County Library, 115 W. C St., Newton. It’s a free-admission event.
• April 18, the Kannapolis Library lets kids experiment with “Things That Glow in the Dark” at 4 p.m. (Free; registration required: 704-920-1180, ext. 2305).
• April 19, Carowinds teams up with Discovery Place for a day at the theme park where students can gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun and interactive setting. Admission: $28.99 per participant. It begins at 9 a.m.
• April 20, Alton Brown – host of “Good Eats” on the Food Network – will speak on kitchen science and more in a special 7:30 p.m. presentation at Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. A question-answer session with the audience will follow. Admission: $32.50-$150. Ticket info: http://bit.ly/13b6P4M.
• April 21, head out to UNC Charlotte for the free, all-day “Science & Technology Expo.” It features dozens of hands-on activities and interactive displays developed by UNCC faculty and students.
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