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Morehead Planetarium to host UNC Science Expo as part of the North Carolina Science Festival


(CHAPEL HILL, NC– April 20, 2017) –  Morehead Planetarium will host the annual UNC Science Expo on Saturday.  The signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF) showcases the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and is a partnership between Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the University of North Carolina and the Town of Chapel Hill.


A free, family-friendly event, the Expo offers more than 100 exhibits with hands-on experiments, science demonstrations, laboratory tours and stage entertainment. New activities for 2017 include tours of Ackland Art Museum and Coker Arboretum, a Kid’s Zone, with small science and giant games, and in the spirit of the Tar Heel 10 Miler and Four Mile Fun Run, the first ever Zero K for kids. See how slow kids can go as they “freeze” in place, just like molecules do at absolute zero.


No registration is required. A food truck rodeo will be on-site for lunch, snacks and drinks. A map of the expo is attached.


Saturday, April 22

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cameron Avenue

UNC-CH Campus


Media Parking: Parking is free on Stadium Drive, in the Cobb parking deck, and the Nash, Park Place and Bell Tower parking lots. Paid parking is available at metered street spaces or at the Rosemary Street parking decks. On Skipper Bowles Drive near the Dean Smith Center, a free U bus runs to campus.





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 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 2017 Festival runs April 7-23 with “Art and Design” as the theme. Burroughs Wellcome Fund is a Diamond Champion sponsor. Platinum sponsors are Duke Energy, N.C. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and Google. Gold sponsors are UTC Aerospace and SAS. Bronze sponsors are UNC Healthcare, PSNC Energy, NC Electric Cooperative, Syngenta and Novozymes. For more information about the North Carolina Science Festival, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.


Morehead Planetarium contact: Molly Molpus, (919) 843-7952, molly.molpus@unc.edu