Jerry Blackwelder

The North Carolina Science Festival has expanded its annual celebration to span the entire month of April.

The Festival, produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, was previously a two-week program. Last year the Festival had events in all 100 North Carolina counties.

The Festival’s theme for 2018 is the “science of food and drink.” Events are now being scheduled throughout the State.

The North Carolina Science Festival was created as a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The United States is reportedly losing ground as the world leader in science and technology with fewer students pursuing careers in those vital areas.

The Festival energizes North Carolina’s response to the challenge.

The 2017 Science Festival saw 240,139 participants at 850 events held at schools, museums, community centers, libraries, parks and other venues. More than 5,000 volunteers and nearly 3,000 STEM professionals were involved.

The North Carolina Science Festival was the first statewide event in the nation when it began in 2010.

For more information call (919) 843-8329 or visit the North Carolina Science Festival website at www.ncsciencefestival.org.

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