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UNC-Chapel Hill students traveling science roadshow visits northeastern North Carolina
(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 14, 2016) – Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year students will spend their spring break visiting communities in northeastern North Carolina with the state’s first-ever traveling science roadshow.
Jonathan Martinez and Steve Mow, student ambassadors for the North Carolina Science Festival, will present live science demonstrations aboard a ferry crossing the Currituck Sound, as well as at other community sites.
“One of the most important messages of the North Carolina Science Festival is that science is everywhere you look in our state,” said Jonathan Frederick, director of the North Carolina Science Festival. “We designed the festival’s traveling science roadshow to create opportunities for experiencing science in unexpected locations.
“It’s a fun way for people of all ages to learn more about science and the North Carolina Science Festival. Jonathan and Steve are great student ambassadors for the festival and for UNC-Chapel Hill.”
“We are hitting a lot of underrepresented areas where students don’t get a lot of exposure to science and don’t develop the interest for it,” said Martinez, an astrophysics and mathematics major from Gaston, North Carolina, and a graduate of Northampton County High School. “That’s something that we want to change.”
Mow, a biochemistry major from Longmont, Colorado, and a graduate of Niwot High School, agreed.
“I hope that this becomes a force for good,” Mow said. “Science is empowering, and getting people excited about it makes it accessible.”
As part of the traveling science roadshow, Martinez and Mow will lead interactive science experiences adapted from the popular “Science LIVE!” demonstration shows at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which produces the NC Science Festival.
The NC Science Festival traveling science roadshow will include these stops:
• Thursday, March 17, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Southern Vance Community Resource Fair
Southern Vance High School, 925 Garrett Road, Henderson, North Carolina
• Friday, March 18, 3–6 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club of Edenton/Chowan
131 Morristown Road, Edenton, North Carolina
• Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m. and 12 noon trips (plus others if the schedule permits)
Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry
173 Courthouse Road, Currituck (ferry terminal), North Carolina
• Sunday, March 20, 2–4 p.m.
Tyrrell County Public Library
414 Main Street, Columbia, North Carolina
The Science Festival Alliance, a network of nearly 50 science festivals across North America, provided funding for the NC Science Festival traveling science roadshow through its “Just Add Science” program.
About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.
About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is the informal science education resource of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its programs include planetarium shows, exhibits, live science demonstrations, lectures, camps and classes. Founded in 1949, the center serves more than 150,000 visitors each year, produces the North Carolina Science Festival and offers outreach programming to every county in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org
About the North Carolina Science Festival
The North Carolina Science Festival presented by Biogen was founded in 2010 and is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Each spring, the Festival offers hundreds of events that celebrate the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. The Festival was founded and is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). The 2016 North Carolina Science Festival is April 8-24. Platinum sponsors are Duke Energy and NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Gold sponsors are Google, SAS, Time Warner Cable Connect A Million MInds, UNC-TV and UTC Aerospace. For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit the Festival’s website, www.ncsciencefestival.org