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Explore the wonders of science at the 2013 Nebraska Science Festival

Scientist Bill Nye to highlight inaugural festival on April 12-14

From sunrise to sunset, science connects and surrounds us all. It's part of the food we eat, the electricity we use, the water we drink, the weather we encounter and more.

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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.

"This festival will bring the amazing world of science to Omaha area residents, both children and adults, by engaging them in activities that will stimulate their curiosity and excite their minds," said Bill O'Neill, director of public relations at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. "As the festival grows, we envision highlighting the impact of science in communities across the state."

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. Ticket release information will be announced in January.

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.

Spearheaded by UNMC and several other science-related Nebraska organizations, the Nebraska Science Festival is a growing collaboration interested in the advancement of science literacy.

"The Durham Museum prides itself on offering unique educational experiences so hosting the Expo is a perfect fit for us," said Mick Hale of The Durham Museum. "The hands-on programming is still being planned, but the Expo is sure to inspire and excite school-aged children."

Said Scott Tarry, executive director of the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Neb.: "As a leader in making science and technology fun for all ages, we are excited to help plan Nebraska's inaugural science festival. We look forward to igniting the thrill of innovation and discovery for all who participate in the hands-on science and technology activities being planned at the Strategic Air & Space Museum during the festival."

With its inaugural science festival, Nebraska joins the ranks of such states as New York, North Carolina, California, Wisconsin and Florida in bringing people of all ages together to celebrate science.

For more information, including how to get involved as a participating site, exhibitor and volunteer, visit www.nescifest.com.

Contact

Karen Burbach
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-7377
kburbach@unmc.edu

Tom O'Connor
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-4690 (office)
(402) 650-7063 (cell)
toconnor@unmc.edu