First Nebraska Science Festival coming in April

Science connects and surrounds us all. It's part of the food we eat, the electricity we use, the water we drink and the weather we encounter.

On April 12-14, 2013, Nebraskans will explore the wonders of science at the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival, which will feature fun and interactive science- and technology-related activities across the Omaha area.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy will headline the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival in April.
"This festival will bring the amazing world of science to Omaha area residents by engaging them in activities that will stimulate their curiosity and excite their minds," said Bill O'Neill, director of UNMC public relations. "As the festival grows, we envision highlighting the impact of science in communities across the state."

A visit from "The Science Guy"

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 aims to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Ticket 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. See a list of festival highlights.

A science literacy

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.

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

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


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Get in on the fun!

Join us at the inaugural Nebraska Science Festival Expo and showcase fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunities for school-aged children.

To participate, decide what you’ll offer. Consider an activity or demonstration that is unique, dramatic, unusual, and that really showcases science. Also, consider:

  • Is the activity appropriate for people of all ages?
  • Is your activity “kid-friendly” and “hands-on?” Are there special logistical considerations? Safety concerns? Will you need electricity or special equipment?
  • Who will staff the booth? There is no charge for the booth but materials are provided at your own expense.

Submit your proposal via the online form by Jan. 11, 2013 to be considered for the Expo and included in printed materials.

Contact nescifest@gmail.com for more information.