3D Printing and Bioprinting
UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
Bioprinting and 3D printing technologies that have potential use in healthcare will be exhibited during the event.

Animal Architects
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Did you know animals are also engineers and architects? Learn about some cool structures animals create and meet some of these “animal architects”!

Animals of Biotechnology
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Animals are used in many ways in the field of biotechnology. Come meet a few animals and learn how they are helping us to understand our world and help us solve problems!

Biotech and Invention – Engineering the Future
In this activity, students will make a whirligig centrifuge and learn how engineers develop technology to solve real-world problems.
• Introduce how engineering can be used to solve real-world problems.
• Introduce the concept of centrifuges and how they are used.
• Have students practice problem solving and learning to think like an engineer.
• Have fun!

Children’s STEM Books
Usborne Books and More
Computers store information using a system called binary. Use beads to make a bracelet with your initials in binary code, and check out other STEM books available.

Cleaner Air for a Healthy Planet
RTI International
Researchers at RTI International are developing solutions to mitigate the effects of air pollution on human health and climate change. They are implementing and developing methods to use low-cost sensors to improve our knowledge of air quality and its impacts on health conditions such as asthma and cardiovascular disease, and on neonatal health. This research also helps citizen scientists learn how to measure particulate matter at a local level to understand how pollution affects their communities. RTI is also developing highly efficient materials and processes to prevent greenhouse gas emissions from various industrial facilities. Their research advances the goals of lowering the cost of carbon dioxide capture and demonstrating practical implementation at an industrial scale.

Cleaning Up Oil Spills
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Disaster!!  Oil has spilled in the ocean!  Animals and delicate ecosystems are in danger!  What do we do to clean up this mess?  Participants will learn how different materials interact and problem solve to clean up a miniature model “oil spill.” Which method (or combination of methods) works best?  If you were in charge of clean up, what would you do?

Climate Conversations
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Let’s talk about climate change, sea level rise and what we can all do to help. Learn about encouraging stories that inspire us to take action against warming on our planet and ways you can make an impact!

Digital Imagery
Digital technology is used in multiple ways to help farmers be more productive. Come see how digital imagery can help farmers monitor the health of their crops from above or from their fields at any time and from anywhere.

Kids Have a Spot to Take Their Shot!
NC Department of Health and Human Services
NC DHHS will provide information and materials about COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older.

Light-Up Sculptures
The Maker Academy
Participants will get a glimpse of how electricity and light can be incorporated into art pieces by using conductive and insulating materials. Participants will design and make mini, light-up sculptures! Instructions and materials lists will be provided so that the making can continue at home.

Make a Boat Engine from a Candle
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Putt-putt boats are engineering in action! These little candle-powered crafts sputter and cough just like a real motorboat and it’s all thanks to the power of steam.

Nature of Dye
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
“Nature of Dye” allows participants to create their own dyes and art while exploring how chemicals interact and how these interactions can have real-world applications. Participants predict, observe, and share what they notice as they experiment with the dyes. What’s your favorite color to mix?

NC GreenPower
Formed by Advanced Energy in 2003, NC GreenPower is a nonprofit whose mission is to expand public knowledge and acceptance of cleaner energy technologies to all North Carolinians through local, community-based initiatives.

Plant Cells LIVE!
NC State University
Plants perceive and respond to the environment around them at the level of tissues and cells. Come see some cells under the microscope that help plants survive when they are thirsty.

NC State University
Plants provide us with food, clothes, medicines, clean air and building materials. Plants4Kids is an NC State research group that studies how plants grow and develop. Come learn about plants and sow some seeds to take home with you!

Robots in Action!
FIRST North Carolina
It’s been two years since the robots were allowed out to play! Come check out this year’s inventions as they pick up and toss oversized tennis balls and play on monkey bars.

Rogue Robotics
High School and Middle School students have been working hard all year to design and build their own Rogue Robots. They will be facing off in the RoboArena to score as many points as possible in a fast-paced competition. They will have a demonstration arena for visitors to test their skills at scoring points as well. Rogue Robotics will be located on the 4th floor NRC atrium all day.

Sex Determination: From Turtles to Mice
Duke University Medical Center
This station features educational trivia, a “hands-on” microscope activity and you can check out some cool fixed specimens!

Techno Wolves
Visit Icarus and Daedalus, robots built by High School students as they demonstrate game play attributes, such as shooting oversized tennis balls, from this years FIRST Robotics Competition game Rapid React.

Wetlands — Nature’s Sponges and Bugs and Water Quality
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Corps will have a demonstration on how our wetlands protect our downstream waters from sediment and runoff pollution by serving as nature’s natural sponges.  There will also be a setup to view various aquatic species that indicate good or poor water quality.

What Are the Odds in Drug Development?
Gilead Sciences
In drug development, the majority of drugs do not make it to market; it takes many attempts, research and some luck.

  • Try out their corn hole game to get a sense of the odds!
  • Veklury (Remdesivir) works simply by blocking the virus from copying itself. In drug development, it is often challenging to find these “lock-and-key”- type mechanisms. Gilead will have a model train set which will demonstrate the mechanism of action for these types of drugs. The train will chug along the “RNA” train tracks and then stop if the right block is selected.

Women in SCITECH
Girl Scouts — NC Coastal Pines
Come learn about the Girl Scouts’ science explorers badge, do small science activities and learn about women in science!