The UNC-Chapel Hill Science Expo is on the Horizon

The UNC-Chapel Hill Science Expo is on the Horizon

To celebrate Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s 75th anniversary, a mega weekend will be held on April 6-8 with engaging and exciting activities. The UNC Science Expo, expected to draw around 10,000 people, will take place on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds around the planetarium, McCorkle Place, and along Franklin Street.

The event will feature over 100 booths staffed by students, faculty, researchers, and others offering free hands-on activities and science demonstrations. Additionally, there will be live science demonstrations, stage performances by the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team, and opportunities for lab tours. Morehead will be open during the event, allowing attendees to purchase tickets for a fulldome planetarium show. Food trucks will also be available nearby.

The celebration continues on April 8 with a total solar eclipse watch party from 12:30-4:45 p.m. Weather permitting, free hands-on activities and outdoor sun-viewing stations will be available, with science educators on hand to assist with eclipse viewing. Eclipse glasses can be purchased for $2 outside or at Cosmic Goods inside. Additionally, for $10, attendees can buy tickets for the Carolina Skies: Solar Eclipse presentation, which includes a livestream of the eclipse from totality on the Science Stage, activities in the Launch Lab, and access to other exhibits.

Todd Boyette, the director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, has described the eclipse watch party as one of his favorite moments during his tenure. With a record-breaking Science Expo, the return of old colleagues and friends, and the experience of a solar eclipse, April promises to be an exciting and special time at Morehead. The UNC Science Expo is part of the North Carolina Science Festival 2024, which features over 400 science-themed events across the state in April. Check out NCSciFest.org to find events near you.

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