UNC Greensboro was abuzz with science last Saturday as over 4,000 people descended onto campus for the fourth annual Science Everywhere festival.
“It was an amazing day!” said festival organizer Dr. Lynn Sametz, co-director for RISE (research in STEM education) network. “Community members continue to be amazed at all the science that happens at UNCG, and they are delighted that faculty as well as students take time to share their science.”
The free event was part of the North Carolina Science Festival and designed for children and teens ages 3 to 18. Staff, students, middle college students and students from Welborn Academy of Science and Techology made up 250 volunteers.
Attendees had more than 80 hands-on events to choose from, with topics like food science, astronomy, computer science, chemistry, ecology and art. They made DNA necklaces, measured the iron in a Cheerio, programmed robots and cozied up to reptiles.
“One mother told me that her four-year-old son spent over an hour talking with the bat scientists. He said, ‘That is me when I grow up!’” Sametz said. “Another six-year-old girl walked the entire campus to find the pythons, while two middle-school students were determined to find the planetarium. We had something for everyone.”
The Science Everywhere festival has grown steadily over the years, from just 1,000 community members in its debut year. Check the event website for more information and updates on a date and activities for next year’s festival.
Audrey Benson, a fifth-grader at Jesse Wharton Elementary School, enjoyed the festival with her parents and younger brother.
“I like Science Everywhere because you get to try new things. I really like the magnetic painting,” she said. “It’s my first time here, and I will definitely come back.”
Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications