NC Science Festival Goes Virtual

Pivoting the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Science Festival to digital-only


April 17, 2020 

Science isn't cancelled

It’s still cool. It’s still science. It’s still fun. And it’s still the 10th Anniversary of the North Carolina Science Festival. But in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Science Festival is going virtual.

“Even though the in-person events are cancelled, we still want to evoke the spirit of our mission - to provide the opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings,” said Jonathan Frederick, Director of the North Carolina Science Festival, as he explained the transition to a virtual festival. “NCSciFest has become a tradition for the people of North Carolina, so it’s important that we connect with other people and do what we can to support each other through this unprecedented time.”

The NCSciFest team scrambled to pivot the festival to a digital format and highlight online STEM opportunities. Those include a variety of content including hands-on activities, live virtual events, pre-recorded videos, and other educational resources.

To find all of the virtual Science Festival activities, visit ncscifest.org. The NCSciFest team revamped the festival website so everyone across North Carolina (and beyond) can engage with STEM from their homes.

Here's the breakdown:

• Live Events: The staff is curating a list of live, virtual events that audiences can tune in to watch. More events are being added.
• Activities: You’ll also find a collection of content from the SciFest team and partners. These will include hands-on activities that people can do with household materials, online resources to explore topics, and links to other really cool stuff from partners.
• Videos: The NCSciFest team is also collecting great videos and sharing the curated list that will include recordings of live events, cool experiments and demonstrations, scientists explaining their work, and more.
• Other opportunities: The website will also highlight other great initiatives, including a virtual version of the Statewide Star Party, great Citizen Science projects, and more! 

“And because of these challenging times, the NCSciFest team will continue to update ncscifest.org so people can explore science through virtual learning activities beyond April,” adds Frederick.