UNC Science Week: Virtual Expo
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The 2021 UNC Virtual Science Expo is over, but you can watch the recordings on YouTube or check out these otther great expos:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences Triangle SciTech Expo
NC Arboretum's Mountain Science Expo
UNCG Science Everywhere
Tune in to a full-day's lineup of world-class scientists and researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill as they lead virtual activities to share their incredible work.
The slate of appearances includes scientists from UNC's Center for Galapagos Studies, demonstrations from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, deeper dives into environmental justice data with the Gillings School for Global Public Health, live skywatching with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and more!
Scroll down for the full schedule of sessions!
UNC-Chapel Hill conducts over $1 billion in research annually. Over 800 research projects directly address the health, education, or well-being of North Carolinians.
To celebrate this incredible work, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center invites you to participate in UNC Science Week from April 11 – 17 as part of the 2021 North Carolina Science Festival.
Lineup of Sessions
Note: all times are EDT
9am – Early Childhood – STEM Storytime
Join the STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) team from FPG Child Development Institute at UNC as we share a story using dialogic reading techniques to encourage conversations and activities focused on STEM Topics. This session is for young children (0-5 years) but will include additional resources for families and educators to use this technique with their children.
Presenter: Sarah Pedonti
10am – Elementary School – Marti the Hammerhead and Shark Conservation
Shark researcher Alex Hearn of the Galapagos Science Center will read the exciting story of Marti the Hammerhead and answer your questions about shark research. Post-program activities and resources will be shared with registered participants.
Presenter: Alex Hearn
11am – All Ages – Live Physics Demonstration Hour
UNC physics faculty will present phenomenal physics demonstrations that will surprise and excite curious minds. Come prepared to make predictions and ask questions about physics experiments that are seriously phun!
Presenters: UNC Physics & Astronomy
12pm – High school and adults – BARCODE Galapagos
Join us over lunch for an informal meet up with the team from BARCODE Galapagos, the most ambitious citizen science project to document biological life in Galapagos.
Lead researchers from UNC and USFQ explaining the Barcode Galapagos project, its importance to both help the community and its intended outcomes. Hear about the genetics side of the project and get an ‘on the ground’ account collecting samples and using the mini-Ion barcoding machines to capture this important data.
Presenters: Jaime Chaves, Corbin Jones, and Diana Pazmiño
1pm – High school and adults – EJ @ HOME with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Note: This session uses breakout rooms and will not be viewable on the YouTube feed
Join us to learn about environmental justice. Dr. Rebecca Fry will introduce this important topic and how it relates to people and places in North Carolina. Student researchers from the Department will show you how to use sophisticated online mapping tools to answer relevant questions about environmental justice in North Carolina. Eric Brown will highlight the links between poverty and chemical exposure. Jeliyah Clark will focus on children’s environmental health and how we can protect kids from chemicals in air and water. Lauren Eaves will explain how to identify resources for environmental health protection. A student researcher from the Department’s UNC Superfund Research Program will share resources that can be used to identify and protect communities at higher risk of exposure to chemicals in drinking water.
Presenters: Rebecca Fry, Eric Brown, Jeliyah Clark, Lauren Eaves
The UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School couples environmental scientists and engineers. This year we are celebrating our 100th anniversary! For a century, we have tackled the environmental challenges that affect the health of people locally and globally, including climate change, clean water, air quality and transmission of diseases like COVID-19, which pass through the air. We strive to find environmental health solutions and build public health resilience to climate and environmental change.
2pm – Ages: 5-8 – Stopping the Spread! Understanding Germs, Bacteria, and Viruses
Join members of UNC’s Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Research Institute to go inside the microscopic world of germs! We will be learning about how germs spread from person to person and what you can do to stop them in their tracks.
Presenters: Kate Matthews, Michelle Hernandez, and Marsha Russell
2pm - High School - Toxic Air and Lung Health
Note: This session will be broadcast on a separate Zoom Webinar and YouTube feed
Did you know that our lungs breathe in over 2000 gallons of air every day and that this air can contain many different chemicals harmful to our health? Why does this matter? Join a team of graduate students in a toxicology lab at UNC who are investigating the health effects of exposure to air pollutants ranging from e-cigarette aerosols to ozone to wood smoke.
Presenters: Stephanie Brocke, Elise Hickman, Alexia Perryman, Keith Rogers
3pm – Ages: 10-14 – Hammerhead Sharks, Epic Migrations, and Island Conservation
Shark researcher Alex Hearn dives deeper into the world of shark conversation as he reads from the book Marti the Hammerhead Shark, a joint collaboration between the Galapagos Science Center, Galapagos Conservation Trust, and MigraMar. Alex will use the story of Marti and his epic journey to answer your questions about sharks, SCUBA diving, conservation, science and more!
Presenter: Alex Hearn
4pm – Pre-K educators and families – STEM for One, STEM for All: Resources for Including all Children in STEM Learning Opportunities
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) center from FPG Child Development Institute at UNC is focused on ensuring all children with and without disabilities can access and participate in STEM learning opportunities. This session will describe how and why STEMIE is working to accomplish this goal. The session will include specific resources and strategies for early childhood educators and families to support all children in STEM learning.
Presenter: Chih-Ing Lim, Megan Vinh, Hsiu-Wen Yang, and Jessica Amsbary
5pm – High school and Adults – UNC and the Galapagos Science Center
The Galapagos Science Center (GSC) represents a unique facility and a special opportunity to make the world a better place by enriching our understanding of coupled human-natural systems in a world-renowned National Park, Marine Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Three researchers from the Center will discuss what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as they work across social, terrestrial and marine subsystems to help tackle threats to island sustainability. Amanda Thompson will focus on public health and nutrition. Diego Riveros-Iregui will focus on water and land dynamics. Adrian Marchetti will talk about marine ecology and biological productivity in Galapagos.
Presenters: Amanda Thompson, Diego Riveros-Iregui and Adrian Marchetti
8pm – Star Party! – Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Note: This session will be joinable via Zoom Webinar as well as the main YouTube feed.
In this virtual skywatching experience, participants will explore current astronomy topics, learn about hidden science stories, and observe our night sky using both planetarium software and video feeds from live telescopes! Plus, we’ll be joined by special guest Dr. Sheila Kannappan, who studies the evolution of galaxies and the larger cosmic structures in which they live. This session is part of the Statewide Star Party.
Presenters: Amy Sayle, Sheila Kannappan, Doug Lively, and Mike Keefe