N.C. Science Festival begins this week

The North Carolina Science Festival is a 16-day educational blitz that this month fields roughly 300 events statewide. The goal is to spur bright kids’ interest in technical fields and to make all ages of people more aware of the impact all sciences have on everyday life. After a trial run in September 2010, the N.C. Science Festival launched in April 2012 and is now an annual event. The festival is a collection of events staged in towns, cities and wildlife areas from Bryson City and Burnsville in the mountains to Nags Head and Ocracoke on the Outer Banks. Museums and science centers are heavily involved, as are clubs, library systems, colleges and universities. Corporate sponsors help foot the bill. The emphasis is on reaching families, and the festival initially had a K-12 emphasis. That outreach has grown to engage collegians, parents and grandparents. There are even science-oriented tours of the Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs and the April 18 “Science of Wine-Making (and Tasting) Tour” at SciWorks in Winston-Salem. “Our goal,” Frederick said, “is to have a really cool event within a 30-minute ride of every North Carolinian.”