Greensboro Science Center Celebrates the North Carolina Science Festival

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is proud to participate in the North Carolina Science Festival throughout the month of April by hosting seven on-site events designed to inspire scientific curiosity. The North Carolina Science Festival is a month-long celebration of science that brings hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities to communities throughout North Carolina.

Official events hosted by the GSC are as follows:

Tuesday, April 9
Science Trivia: Brewing Up Science
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
To honor both the North Carolina Science Festival and North Carolina Beer Month, April’s trivia night will highlight the science behind brewing. This event is free to attend.

Friday, April 12
Brews & Bubbles
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Guests of this annual conservation fundraiser will sample science – and beer – while learning about the GSC’s conservation efforts. This event is limited to guests ages 21+. Tickets are $40 for GSC members and $45 for non-members. Tickets are available online at greensboroscience.org/conservation/brews-and-bubbles/.

Saturday, April 13
Turtle Dog Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Specially trained dogs will be tracking box turtles for GSC staff members to tag and release. Research collected about these animals will be submitted to the Box Turtle Connection. This event is free to attend.

Saturday, April 13
North Carolina Star Party
8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The GSC and Greensboro Astronomy Club invite the public to see what’s up in the night sky! Telescopes will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own. This event takes place rain or shine and is free to attend.

Saturday, April 20
Science Extravaganza!
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
GSC guests will be invited to sample multiple branches of science by experiencing robots in action, nano stations, outdoor fun, must-see shows, and more. Activities are included with general admission or membership.

Saturday, April 27
Tuxedo Trot 5K and Kids’ Fun Run
8:00 a.m. (5K), 9:00 a.m. (Fun Run)
Participants will run, walk or waddle to the finish line to help save endangered African penguins. Race registration is required and is available online at www.tuxedotrot.com.

Saturday, April 27
World Penguin Day
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Guests are invited to celebrate African penguins and discover how they can help this species in need. Activities are included with general admission or membership.

Martha Regester, the GSC’s VP of Education, says, “We love science every day, but the North Carolina Science Festival gives us a chance to highlight different areas of hands-on science, from astronomy to zoology. We hope that families will come out to join us throughout April to celebrate science and maybe find a new favorite area to explore!”

Introducing Kelvin

Kelvin, the NCSF's Spokesbot!

Kelvin, the NCSF’s Spokesbot!

We’d like you to meet Kelvin, the North Carolina Science Festival’s spokesbot. Throughout the festival, which runs from April 5 – April 21, 2013, Kelvin will be featured in several of our blog and social media posts to help encourage children to find the fun in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)!

As an official partner with the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF), we’re excited to have Kelvin explore our facility and help promote the Festival. Here are a few interesting facts about Kelvin, provided by the NCSF.

Kelvin’s favorite foods are bolts, batteries, microchips and… like many true North Carolinians… barbecue! In his spare time, he enjoys watching NASCAR and SCUBA diving and is looking forward to taking up spelunking in the future. He loves techno music and is most passionate about the fields of marine science and geology.

Indiana Bones with Cameron

Indiana Bones with Cameron

Kelvin has a high-tech pet – a robot built to act like a baby Camarasaurus – just like our own Indiana Bones’ pet Cameron!

To learn more about Kelvin and to download a coloring page of Kelvin in outer space, visit the NCSF’s website at: http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/about-us/kelvin/.