About the Nebraska Science Festival
It’s no secret — science is cool. And, last year’s inaugural Nebraska Science Festival wowed kids of all ages.
More than 2,000 filled the Durham Museum during a two-day Science Expo that featured the Dancing Scientist, along with hair-raising lessons on static electricity, magnified zebrafish embryos and a gravity-powered paintbrush. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, discussed climate change, sundials and new ways to store energy to a packed auditorium at Joslyn Art Museum.
Elsewhere, the three-day festival featured an array of science-and technology-related activities across the Omaha area from charcuterie and dinosaurs to art and astronauts — at City Sprouts Community Garden, Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, Fontenelle Forest, the French Bulldog, Hot Shops, Joslyn Art Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Strategic Air & Space Museum and the UNMC College of Dentistry.
The 2014 festival, to be presented again by UNMC, will expand to four days and extend programming into Lincoln as it builds towards becoming a statewide celebration.
2014 festival programs and activities will take place throughout that weekend in the Omaha and Lincoln areas with the majority of events being free to the public. Among the highlights:
- A free Student Expo on April 24 & 25 at The Durham Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths for elementary-aged youths.
- A free Student Expo on April 24 and 25 at The Strategic Air & Space Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths for elementary-aged youths.
- A free Public Expo on April 26 at The Durham Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths and presentations.
- Additional sites in and around Omaha and Lincoln will provide science-related activities during the Festival weekend. Announcements will be made as sites – and programming – are confirmed.
Examples of other Science Festivals
Science festivals are not new to the U.S., but will be new to Nebraska. New York, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and St. Petersburg, Fla., are just a few of the cities that host annual festivals. Altogether, approximately 20 states have initiated science festivals with Colorado being the closest.