Mountain Science Expo 2015: Full STEAM Ahead!

Join us on April 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for a great day of science and fun for the whole family!

The Mountain Science Expo 2015 theme is to learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are incorporated into our everyday lives, so come spend the day learning how you can get involved in your favorite topics. This year's event will feature Science Fair exhibits from our 22 Western North Carolina schools that participated in Project EXPLORE, as well as presentations from students across the western region who participate in the Summer Ventures program. We will also have special presentations from author Dawn Cusick to discuss her new books and new booths from Asheville Art Museum and The Environmental Quality Institute. You can also expect the return of some annual favorites: The WNC Nature Center, the NC BioNetwork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hands On! and more!

From professional scientists and naturalists, to local businesses and organizations we'll explore the active science community in our mountains and where we can find STEAM in our everyday lives.

Mountain Science Expo's Schedule of Events:

10am - 5pm                   Hands On Exhibits                    Auditorium (Main floor of Education Center)

 10am - 5pm                   EcoScience Fair Poster Exhibit/Contest      Classroom 1 (Main floor- Education Center)

10-11:30am                   “Insects and Native Trees” trail dedication and guided walk          Carolina Mountain Trail (behind Education Center)

 10:30-11am                   ROCKETS! Make and Launch                 Lobby of Education Center

11am                            “Science of Sound” with Hands On! Mad Scientists on Wheels    Classroom 1    

11am-2pm                   Butterfly BioBlitz                                      Meet at the Quilt Garden

11:15am                        Hovercraft Demo!                                  In front of the Education Center

 11:30am                        Guided Dog Walk with REACH Animal Hospital  Back porch of Education Center          

 11:30am -12:30pm   Hunters from the Sky (Birds of Prey Demo)  Baker Exhibit Center lobby 

 12-12:30pm                   ROCKETS! Make and Launch                 Lobby of Education Center

 12:45pm                       Hovercraft Demo!                                  In front of the Education Center

 12:30 – 1:30pm     Meet the Scientists of the Eco Science Fair   Classroom 2 (Main floor of the Education Center)

 1 - 2pm                         Misunderstood Wildlife (Animal Demo)   Baker Exhibit Center lobby 

 2-2:30pm                      ROCKETS! Make and Launch                 Lobby of Education Center

 2-3:30pm                      Student presentations from the Summer Ventures program         Classroom 1

 2:45pm                         Hovercraft Demo!                                  In front of Education Center  

 2:30 - 3:30pm                Mammals of WNC (Animal Demo)           Baker Exhibit Center lobby

 3:30-4pm                      ROCKETS! Make and Launch                 Lobby of Education Center

 4:15pm                         Hovercraft Demo!                                  In front of Education Center 

 


Here's who you can expect at this year's event:

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

Asheville Art Museum

Asheville Makers

Bricks 4 Kidz

The Cradle of Forestry

Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

The Environmental Quality Institute

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hands On! A Child's Gallery

Hi Touch Hi Tech

Kids in Parks

Sharon Mammoser - Artist

Muddy Sneakers

NC BioNetwork

NC CICS - North Carolina Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

North Carolina Division of Air Quality

The NC Herp Project

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

PARI - Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

REACH - Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital

The Science House

Summer Ventures in Science and Math

Western North Carolina Nature Center

WNC G.R.U.B.S.

 

To participate in this event as a vendor, sponsor or presenter, contact Michelle Pearce, Youth Education Program Coordinator.

 

This event is in support of the statewide NC Science Festival. For more information and a schedule of regional and statewide events, click here.