Rockets launched, snakes slithered and goo formed on the campus of UNCG this past Saturday. More importantly, however, children and teens from across the Triad explored the wonders of science and its role in their everyday lives.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in more than 70 interactive and hands-on exhibits led by UNCG students, staff and scientists from across the state. The free event allowed children and teens of all ages to learn more about themselves and the world they live in.

“I learned that rockets are much more difficult [to make] than they look like,” said Jason Johnson, a fifth grader at Sedalia Elementary. Just moments before, Johnson sent his own air propelled rocket sailing over Stirling Street. “I learned that it uses a lot of dynamics, paper and tape.”

Beneath a tent in Foust Park, geography doctoral student Thomas Patterson took a group of children and parents through his own tree-ring research.

Under the microscope, viewers could see the layers of environmental history illustrated in each tree-ring. A crowd gathered around Patterson as he pointed to evidence of fire damage.

Next to Patterson’s exhibit, Javare Miller and Ammara Ghaffar, students at Andrews High School, exhibited their knowledge of hydropower with two spinning wheels, powered by running water.

“It’s like if you used a hamster wheel for electricity,” Miller explained.

Science Everywhere is an official NC Science Festival event, hosted by UNCG’s RISE Network. This was the second year UNCG participated in the festival, and attendance tripled this year.

 

 

Story by Daniel Wirtheim, contributor
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations