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Museum hosts Triangle SciTech Expo Saturday, April 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 24, 2014     
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New name, new activities, more fun for the family!

RALEIGH — Do you know the beat to the classic ’70s Bee Gees hit “Stayin’ Alive?” If so, then you know just how quickly to push down on someone’s chest during hands-only CPR. Have you been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes? A possible ingredient in one of your prescription medications might be Gila monster saliva! Scientists have even created wearable robotic exoskeletons to help people with lower extremity weaknesses. To learn more about these and other S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics and how they might affect your life, come to the Triangle SciTech Expo on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Formerly called the Triangle BEST Fest (Biotechnology, Engineering, Science and Technology), exhibitors from Mad Science, Pfizer, Human PoWeR Lab, Biogen Idec, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others, will discuss a variety of topics ranging from robotics to medicine.

2014 marks the third year that the Museum has hosted this event in partnership with the N.C. Science Festival. Last year’s Triangle BEST Fest  was a great success with more than 6,000 visitors, and this year the numbers are expected to grow even more.

The Expo, which is sponsored in part by the Biogen Idec Foundation, will feature over 40 hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, as well as a series of presentations. Demonstrators from NC FIRST Robotics will showcase their robotic inventions and will perform “aerial assists” to help explain the mechanics behind their movements and kids of all ages can journey into a living laboratory filled with hands-on exploration as they roll up their sleeves and become real scientists performing real experiments with High Touch, High Tech of RDU.

Speakers include:

  • Deb Bailey, Co-Coordinator of the Museum’s Micro World Investigate Lab, who will talk about Osamu Shimomura and his amazing perseverance after the devastation of Nagasaki to discover one of the most revolutionary advances in research and medicine today: Green Fluorescent Protein. Shimomura's is a story of success over insurmountable odds to seek pure truth in science and nature, ultimately earning him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • Helen Huang, Associate Professor of the NCSU/UNC Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. She will discuss the process of building bionic limbs.
  • Dr. Maria Droujkova of Natural Math will talk about cool math concepts to try at home, like space origami and 3D printing.

Talks will be held throughout the day in both the Daily Planet Theater (NRC) and Windows on the World (3rd floor, main building). For more information about SciTech Expo, contact Kari Wouk at 919.707.9879 or via email at kari.wouk@naturalsciences.org

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014