KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) -
The annual North Carolina Science Festival will be held March 28 – April 13, with events across the state promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
The City of Kannapolis is celebrating science this year with several exciting events. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Some events require advanced registration. A complete list of Kannapolis events is below.
Science Festival Events in Kannapolis
Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4 – Keeping Kannapolis Green
Kannapolis City Schools
The curriculum for the week will revolve around “Keeping Kannapolis Green.” Students and teachers will identify issues related to the environment, nutrition and conservation, and will work to create potential solutions.
Tuesday, April 1; 6 p.m. – STEM in the City: Police
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College at the NC Research Campus
Join the City for an exciting look into the science of police work. See how local law enforcement uses STEM to keep residents safe. To register to attend, email Elizabeth Cox at email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 2; 4 p.m. – Electrifying Encounters
The sparks will fly as Discovery Place of Charlotte gives a special presentation on electricity, featuring the hair-raising Van de Graaff generator! Experiment with building circuits and learn how electricity works. This event is great for grades 2-5.
Saturday, April 5; 1 p.m. – The Zucchini 500
Hilbish Ford (2600 S. Cannon Blvd.)
Kids of all ages can “put the PRODUCE to the metal” by building and racing pinewood derby-style cars out of zucchinis. Cars can be built at home or at the event. Prizes will be awarded by age group in different categories. There will be interactive activity stations as well. Visit cityofkannapolis.com/zucchini500 for details and to register to participate in this free event.
Monday, April 7; 4 p.m. – Spy Science
Behind every James Bond, there’s a team of STEM experts. Come learn how to make and break secret codes. Study fingerprints, look for clues and perfect your surveillance skills. Kids will also enjoy fun spy stories and interactive activities. This event is great for ages 7-12.
Tuesday, April 8; 6 p.m. – STEM in the City: Public Works
Kannapolis Water Treatment Plant (1303 Pump Station Rd.)
Join the City for an exciting look into the science of water treatment. Explore the process of water purification, and follow a drop of water from its source to the faucet. See how Public Works uses STEM to keep the City running smoothly. Email Sharnelle Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register to attend.
Thursday, April 10; 5 p.m. – Eggs-perimental Drop Competition (Prep Event)
The Kannapolis Library will host an egg drop competition on Saturday, April 12. Participants can either craft their egg containers at home or at this April 10 event at the library. Make a container you think will protect an egg when dropped from the top of a fire truck. This event is great for teens and adults.
Friday, April 11; 2 p.m. – STEM Open House
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
RCCC will host its 3rd Annual STEM Open House, presenting more than 40 interactive demonstrations. The Rowan-Cabarrus building at the NC Research Campus will open several working labs, each with an interactive activity. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 12; 3 p.m. – Eggs-perimental Drop Competition
See if your pre-engineered egg container – created at home or at the library on April 10 – will “eggsterminate” the competition! Containers must protect an egg that will be dropped from the top of a fire truck. Participants are encouraged to bring friends and family to this free event.