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This week: N.C. Science Festival lines up 'icky' fun; tower building challenge, Earth Day pledge

Posted April 9

The Piedmont Wildlife Center brought several animals to the UNC Science Expo held on the Chapel Hill campus on Sept. 25, 2010.

The N.C. Science Festival continues this week with lots of free and inexpensive science activities for all ages.

Here are a few that are scheduled in the Triangle this week. Check the festival's website for more. The festival, which features hundreds of events across the state, runs through April 23.

Oh Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out!
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 10, at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Chapel Hill. Author Jessica Garrett be there with her book, "Oh Ick!," which encourages budding scientists to perform real science with ick-speriments; build or craft something with ick-tivities; and investigate nature and the wilds of their home with ick-splorations. Garrett will read from her book, sign the book and share some demonstrations.

STEAM'd UP Tower Challenge
2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 13, Kidzu Children's Museum, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. Join Kidzu for the second tower building contest. Discover the secret art and design behind structure building and build a tower taller than Kidzu.

Welcome to the Wild Kingdom
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Leigh Farm Park, 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham. Get up close and personal with owls, hawks, snakes, turtles, an opossum and more. Gather a checklist and see how many wild species you can find and learn all about their native habitats and how you can help them. You can then make a pledge for Earth Day that will help animals and our environment.

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