Trains, Robots & Bubbles

A world of science fun awaits your family, as the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival kicks off on April 10, with dozens of activities in the Triangle, and statewide!

Running through April 26, the celebration showcases science and technology, and their educational, cultural and financial impact in our state. The festival is an initiative of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, an important goal of the N.C. Science Festival is to offer a high-quality science experience within a 30-minute drive of every North Carolinian during its two-week run.

Here are just a few of the many events taking place:

Triangle SciTech Expo, Raleigh

Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.

An educational event offering more than 50 hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, and bringing together scientists and tech professionals to engage visitors of all ages.

Carolina Brewing Company tours, Holly Springs

Saturdays, April 11, 18 and 25, 1 p.m.

Led by one of the owners of the brewery, tours include a complete walk-through of the brewing process and free samples.

STEAM, New Hill

Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn all about the science and technology of the railroad at the N.C. Railway Museum and New Hope Valley Railway, with an interactive discussion of steam and diesel engine operation, a demonstration of how to replace railroad ties, and a fun train ride for the kids.

Speaking of kids, make sure yours meet Kelvin, the “spokesbot” for the N.C. Science Festival! A bit about Kelvin:

His name: Shared with the Kelvin scale of temperature, in which water freezes at 273.15K and boils at 373.15K!

Birthday: Sept. 25, 2010

Favorite foods: Bolts, batteries, microchips and barbecue

Favorite music: Techno, of course

Hobbies: Watching NASCAR — a great source of spare parts! And SCUBA diving to explore the shipwrecks of the Outer Banks. But he has to be careful he doesn’t rust!

Best friend: Pet dinosaur, Pleo, a high-tech robot pet built to look and act like a baby Camarasaurus.

For info on all the events that are part of the N.C. Science Festival, visit

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