NC Science Festival events in the area

The 2014 North Carolina Science Festival continues through April 13 with hundreds of events, activities and lectures offered statewide. Check for details, including any costs.

Here are some highlights.

April 7: The Cabarrus County Public Library at 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis, offers “Spy Science,” with stories and activities geared to ages 7-12 that explore the science behind espionage. Participants can learn how to look for clues, study fingerprints, etc. Admission is free.

April 8: Advanced Manufacturing Day at Central Piedmont Community College is your chance to learn about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The free event (9:30-11:30 a.m.) has hands-on demonstrations of new technology, including 3-D printers. You can visit with business and industry representatives as well as students.

At 7 p.m., Thomas Gentry – a sustainable building expert and an architecture professor at UNCC (and director of the Laboratory for Innovative Housing) will give a free lecture on “Architectural Agriculture” in Room 105 of the Bioinformatics Building.

April 9: The UNC Charlotte Science Film Series offers free screenings of notable sci-fi films, each followed by a panel discussion by scientists and other authorities about how close to (or far from) reality the movie may be. At 7 p.m. on the main UNCC campus in EPIC G256 is the 2012 documentary “Chasing Ice,” with a discussion by UNCC climatologist Matthew Eastin and geologist Martha Epps, plus WCNC-TV meteorologists John Wendell and Meghan Danahey.

April 10: Ian Binns, UNCC professor of science education and an authority on political challenges to teaching science, will give a free lecture on “Defending Science Education in the Tar Heel State.” The 7 p.m. event on campus is in Room 105 of the Bioinformatics Building.

April 13: Check out more than 20 science and technology activities, displays and events at the UNC Charlotte Science and Technology Expo, staged by the students and faculty, at UNCC’s Union Mall. The free-admission event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 11-13: The Reptile Zoo and Science Center, on U.S. 74 in Monroe, offers interactive experiments, fossil, mineral and preserved animal displays – plus live birds and more – at “Cold-Blooded Encounters.” It starts at 10:30 a.m. both days; presentations are offered each hour.

Staff reports