We're in the midst of the N.C. Science Festival, a two-week-long celebration of science and technology topics across the state.
The festival, the largest of its kind in the world, features events at venues all over North Carolina, including parks, libraries, schools and other venues. It's a great opportunity to learn more about what's happening in the state and to expose kids to all of the possibilities that science, technology and other so-called STEM topics offer. Many of the activities are free or inexpensive.
Here are some highlights in the Triangle region this weekend:
- Lean In, Women in Science, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the N.C. School of Math and Science in Durham. High school and college students are invited to NCSSM’s campus for a one-of-a-kind panel discussion and dinner event. Meet women who are accomplished leaders in science. It's free and open to the public. You do not need to attend the school to go, but registration is required.
- Citizen Science Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh. Jump start your citizen science adventure with hands-on experience in a variety of citizen science projects and a chance to talk to local project leaders. It's free.
- Kids Code, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Explore ways coding makes fun happen and helps solve problems through hands-on play with Marbles STEM Play Corps and community partners. It's free with admission, which is $5 per person.
- Mix it Up in the Makery with Local Maker Kelley Kirven, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, at Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill. Local maker and builder Kelley Kirven helps visitors launch origami frogs and and play lily pad math in celebration of the Disappearing Frogs Project. Free with admission, which is $7.50.
- The Great Animal Orchestra, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at Stewart Theatre on the campus of N.C. State. Ticket prices are between $5 and $10. The Raleigh Civic Symphony presents a performance of The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony: A Symphony For Orchestra and Wild Soundscapes. Intriguing, entertaining and deeply moving, the music combines the recorded sounds of animals in their natural environments with a live symphony orchestra.