Museum of Natural Sciences showcases local innovations at Triangle SciTech Expo, April 23

For immediate release ‐ April 13, 2016

Contact: Jon Pishney, 919.707.8083. Images available upon request

RALEIGH — Would you like to control a basketball-playing robot on a drive to the hoop? Do you want to understand the science behind super balls, or see what an animal architect looks like? Discover all this and more when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Triangle SciTech Expo, Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Triangle SciTech Expo is a Signature Event with the NC Science Festival and is sponsored by Biogen Foundation. Free.

Featuring more than 50 hands-on exhibits, games, crafts and activities, plus several presentations, Triangle SciTech Expo is a unique event that assembles scientists and technical professionals from universities, organizations and industry to engage visitors of all ages in the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Visitors will learn about the Triangle area’s history and promising future as an innovative leader in these fields, as well as why these fields are important to their daily lives.

Interactive stations give you a chance to spot sunspots through a solar telescope, build a working Super Mario Brothers controller out of Play-Doh, use your friend as a keyboard, or try your hand at the duct tape challenge. Or you can enjoy presentations covering topics ranging from how to harness the power of your brain, with Patricia Leigh of the Chapel Hill Brain Centre, to what it’s like to perform astronomical research on the largest airborne observatory in the world, with Museum astrochemist Rachel Smith.

Find out more at, or follow #TriSciTech on Twitter or Instagram.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St. and 121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world, drawing them into the intriguing fields of study that are critical to the future of North Carolina. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Visit the Museum online at Emlyn Koster, PhD, Museum Director; Susan Kluttz, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Pat McCrory, Governor.

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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