Festival offers homegrown science fun

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Wayne Community College will bring a Tar Heel spin to science on April 13.

The college’s Homegrown Science in N.C. event will allow the whole family to participate in short experiments and view displays that celebrate science and things made and grown in North Carolina.

The free carnival-style event is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13 in the Wayne Learning Center Atrium and the grounds around the building.

WCC biology instructor Sondi Hoffman, the event’s organizer, said science will be incorporated throughout the festival in fun ways. Attendees will visit stations that provide a variety of hands-on experiments and displays.

Activities include meeting and interacting with local beekeepers, participating in the making of Mentos geysers, and touching real N.C. fossils. Participants can also learn about diverse organisms that are all made in N.C., extract DNA from locally grown strawberries and grow their own North Carolina plant. Since N.C. is first in flight, visitors can try their hand at making and flying paper airplanes.

The college’s fair is an official event of the 2019 North Carolina Science Festival with its theme of Made in North Carolina. It is one of hundreds of events showcasing sscience, technology, engineering and mathematics activities being held across the state during the month of April.

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