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Macon County Public Library will present Family Science Night: The Science of Food and Drink on Thursday, April 12th from 5:30 - 7PM. Family Science Night is an official event of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.

Family Science Night will incorporate the theme of “The Science of Food and Drink” and will provide participants with an easily recognizable connection of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to their everyday lives. We will have a variety of fun and engaging science related activities, targeting different age groups and different interests. At least four of the activities will be led by a subject matter expert in a STEM field, allowing for an informal exchange of career information. A few examples of the stations available include Walking on Eggs (you literally get to walk on real eggs!), Putting the Pop in Popcorn (eat your results!), Do-It-Yourself DNA, Banana Piano, Growing Gummy Bears, and more!

In addition, as part of the NASA@ My Library grant, Family Science Night will feature a cosmic cuisine station, where attendees will get to sample and learn more about space food. The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.

The event will be free and does not require registration. Attendees will be able to engage in the STEM activities they want to do from among the different stations available.

As an official 2018 North Carolina Science Festival event, Family Science Night is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a two-week series of community-based events each spring (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org. For more information about Family Science Night, please contact the Macon County Public Library children’s desk at 828-524-3600 or email maconkids@fontanalib.org.