Join us for the 1st annual NC DNA Day Science Festival to learn more about the biological and biomedical research going on in the state of NC! Exhibitors will include scientists from UNC, surrounding institutions, and companies featuring hands-on demonstrations and activities that relate the research in their labs to your life. All of the interactive DNA Day activities will also be featured, in addition to information tables about careers in science. The Festival will take place in the Great Hall of the Student Union at UNC and will follow the DNA Day 5K race to raise funds for science outreach.
Some of the Exciting Booths Include:
….And Many More!!
Information for Attendees:
This is a free festival, open to the public. All ages are invited to attend this exciting event, with the understanding that many of the activities will be geared towards middle and high school students. Registration is not required for attendance, but will help us to track our success so that we can improve upon our event each year. Registration will also allow us to track the classroom with the highest attendance, who will win a special prize!
If you are a student and plan to attend the festival, please register here.
If you are a teacher and plan to attend the festival, please register here.
This event will take place in the Great Hall of the Student Union on UNC’s campus: 3103 FPG Student Union, Corner of South and Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
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Information for Exhibitors
Science Festival attendees will consist primarily of 5K runners and North Carolina high school students. Exhibitors are asked to develop an interactive booth focusing on their research that explains how their work impacts the attendees’ lives in meaningful ways. Booths can consist of experimental demonstrations, explanations of how research done in the lab has led to technologies that the public is aware of, or interactive science experiments, just to name a few examples. Hands-on activities are greatly encouraged, so invite your labmates and friends to help run the booth!
Guidelines for Exhibitors:
*******We could still use a few graduate students or post-docs to present a poster about their research and talk with high school students at the festival. Please email Jessica at jharrell[at]med.unc.edu if you would be interested in explaining your exciting scientific research to high school students!
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Many people need to be involved to run this event smoothly and make it a huge success. If you would like to participate in this event, but do not want to sign up to run your own booth, there is definitely a need for volunteers:
Please click here to apply to volunteer. We will contact you to let you know how we can use your help.
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Science Art Contest
We are looking for students (K-12) to create their own work of art that embodies the biomedical sciences. Use your creativity and household items in order to create an original and scientifically accurate model. It can be a painting, a drawing or a 3D model. See the links below for useful suggestions. Prizes will be given for first and second places as well as for people’s choice. All participants will receive a certificate. Please indicate in the event registration if you are participating. Participants may enter as a group (please register only one person, but indicate that you are a group). Entry is free. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event in order to submit your model.
Useful Links- Examples of Science Art
If you are interested in participating in the 5K event immediately preceding the Science Festival, please visit www.ncdnaday.org/5K for more information and to register.[Return to top]
Free parking is available on UNC Campus in close proximity to the Student Union. Please see the list or click on the map below for more specific parking locations (Highlighted in blue).
The Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund of Triangle Community Foundation (TCF) has provided support for this event. Please visit www.trianglecf.org for more information on TCF.
If you’d like to make a direct contribution to support NC DNA Day, please send checks payable to UNC-Chapel Hill, c/o Jessica Harrell, Office of Biomedical Graduate Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 130 Mason Farm Rd CB#7108, 1105A Bioinformatics Bldg, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. All proceeds go to support NC DNA Day and science outreach in North Carolina. For more information about NC DNA Day click here. THANK YOU![Return to top]
Questions about the festival? Contact Jessica Harrell at jharrell[at]med.unc.edu for more information.
Biosciences in Motion: Moving Research from the Lab to Your Life
May 18, 2013, 10am-12pm
Great Hall Student Union, UNC-Chapel Hill