The UNC Science Expo packed Cameron Street as hundreds of future scientists and eager local residents gathered around white tents to learn about scientific innovation at UNC.
The Expo is a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a month-long celebration of sciences across the state last weekend. The annual event provides research labs on campus an opportunity to present their research, while giving the public the opportunity to learn about the research being conducted in their own backyard.
“The UNC Science Expo is like field day, but for science nerds. As a proud, self-proclaimed nerd myself, I think it’s a wonderful celebration of science and I wish there were more throughout the year," said sophomore information science major Libby Soucaze. "There are a bunch of different booths to visit, a variety of stage performances, interactive activities, and live demonstrations."
The UNC Science Expo is organized by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and is a signature event of the statewide North Carolina Science Festival. The Town of Chapel Hill also brings in sustainability-minded organizations from around the community to participate in the event.
The Expo is a place where the public can engage in educational science demonstrations and learn about what scientific research is taking place at UNC. Every year the event attracts over 10,000 visitors, UNC Expo Coordinator Ross Ramsey said.