About the Nebraska Science Festival
On April 12-14, 2013, Nebraskans will explore the wonders of science through the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, which will feature science-and technology-related activities across the Omaha area, all with the goal of making science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike.
Scientist Bill Nye to highlight festival Activities
America’s favorite stand-up scientist Bill Nye will headline the inaugural festival on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. during a free presentation at the Joslyn Museum’s Witherspoon Hall. A mechanical engineer, author, comedian and inventor, Nye’s mission is to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.
Festival programs and activities will take place throughout that weekend in the Omaha area with the majority of events being free to the public. Among the highlights:
- A free Student Expo on April 12 at The Durham Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths for elementary-aged youths.
- A free Public Expo on April 13 at The Durham Museum will feature an array of interactive, hands-on science-related booths and presentations.
- Dancing Scientist Jeffrey Vinokur will combine science and dance into a high-energy performance on April 12 & 13 at The Durham Museum.
- CAPOW, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s chemistry and physics show, will entertain children on April 12 & 13 at The Durham Museum.
- Additional sites in and around Omaha 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.