Fireworks Over Historic Spencer Shops
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1d ago
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Free Fireworks Display and Family-Friendly Event in Spencer at the N.C. Transportation Museum SPENCER, N.C. — Kick-off your Independence Day celebrations with the N.C. Transportation Museum on Saturday, June 29! Beginning at 5:30 p.m. enjoy an evening of family fun with our Fireworks Over Historic Spencer Shops! Activities include fireworks, food vendors, children’s craft area, balloon twister artist, bubble show, DJ music, inflatables, as well as corn hole and o ..read more
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Explore Your Street Trees: The innumerable ecological wonders of  an overlooked ecosystem
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
3d ago
When the sun is shining, one of my favorite things to do is to sit quietly in the grass, next to a tree, or beside a stream and simply watch what happens. Too many people think there’s nothing there to look at, or they’re too busy moving and talking to pay attention to the small things. Sara Gagné is an expert in finding those small things in everyday places, and she has some great advice for you on how to take time this summer to experience the small things in life. In this first installment of our Summer Urban Ecology Series, come learn about the trees on your street. Take pictures, l ..read more
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“Ultimate Dinosaurs” at Discovery Place Science
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1w ago
Are you a dinosaur fan? If everything you’ve ever wanted in a science exhibit contained large teeth, long claws, and a physique larger than your house, we have exactly what you’re looking for! We think you should plan a summer dino-tour from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to Discovery Place Science in Charlotte to soak in all of that extreme dinosaur knowledge. North Carolina science centers will not disappoint you this summer! Read the Press Release below for details on Discovery Place Science’s new “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Exhibit, opening on June 21, 2024. Come meet a new breed ..read more
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Charlotte’s Sullenberger Aviation Museum Set to Open June 1, 2024
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1M ago
The long-awaited opening of the brand-new Sullenberger Aviation Museum is oh-so-close…We cannot wait to see all of the aviation science goodness that comes from this new museum in the Western Piedmont. Thanks to our “inside woman” we have a great scoop for you to read on what you’ll be able to see and experience coming June 1st. Many thanks to Michele Miller Houck for providing this blog post on the all-new Sullenberger Aviation Museum in Charlotte. Take it away, Michele… In advance of Opening Day, we wanted to share our excitement about this new gem in the crown of the Charlotte region ..read more
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An Innocent Returns Home: “Yesterday’s over my Shoulder…”
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1M ago
One of the requirements of winning this award is to write up a report about the experience for an upcoming edition of the Planetarian. I’m a big fan of not duplicating assignments, so this post will form the guts of that report. Of course it’s great to be home. Nothing is better than being with the people, dogs, and cats that I love dearly. Clean clothes are also deeply appreciated, as well as the comfort of my own bed. There’s the familiar hum of the planetarium’s fan, keeping the dome inflated, as well as seeing the night sky from the front yard. We have walked far! These are the places ..read more
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An Innocent Abroad: Ken Goes to Italy! Padua, and Closing the Loop
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1M ago
Padova Padua (or Padova in Italian) was the last major stop on our trip. Once again, we were greeted by enthusiastic and wonderful hosts! We began with a nighttime tour, and, as you might expect by now, rain. Welcome to soggy Padova! The first night there, we were treated to a tour of the battlements of the medieval and Roman walls of Padova. We visited the Padova Observatory, located atop another wall tower. The next day, we went on a guided tour of Padova, which included the courtyard adjacent to Galileo’s classroom at the U. Padova, and of course, St. Anthony’s.  Peace is a recu ..read more
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An Innocent Abroad: Ken Goes to Italy! Ravenna, Brescia, and Rovigo
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
1M ago
Ken’s travels and teaching in Italy have been full of excitement and surprises for everyone (the weather seems to be pulling some particularly sly tricks!). Read on for this week’s installment of “Ken Goes to Italy!” to learn about what he’s teaching, what he’s seeing, and even the lessons he’s learning while overseas. As lovers of science, we know it’s truly a wonderful thing to be a lifetime student and know there are new things around every corner. Snow In Padua… As we continue to follow the saga of our intrepid adventurer, today finds me in Padua. The weather has the Italians talking ..read more
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An Innocent Abroad: Ken Goes to Italy! Firenze And Galileo
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
2M ago
Ken is exploring the amazing city of Florence, Italy, and he has some pretty incredible scientific things to share with us today! If you are a fan of Galileo, you are definitely going to want to read this, and you’re probably going to want to plan your own trip to Florence to experience the story of the birth of modern astronomy. Enjoy this incredible tour… Bibliotheque Nationale-Firenze Visiting the city of Florence for almost exactly 24 hours! We checked our bags in at the hotel, and were whisked off in a taxi to the Bibliotheque Nationale-Firenze. Once inside we were accompanied by seve ..read more
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Celebrating Earth Day on the NC Science Trail
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
2M ago
2024 marks the 54th anniversary of the world’s largest environmental EARTH DAY! The theme of “Planet vs. Plastics” encourages us to consider our use of single-use plastics and their impact on the environment. Let’s look at the history of Earth Day in the United States and around the world: In 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin created this national day to raise awareness of the environment and how humans have an impact on the natural world. On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets to protest ignorance and launch an environmental movement. Since then, Earth D ..read more
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An Innocent Abroad: Ken Goes to Italy!
North Carolina Science Trail Blog
by April Smith, Ph.D./Executive Director
2M ago
If you’ve been following our solar eclipse blog posts this year then you’re familiar with our eclipse expert, Ken Brandt, from the Robeson Planetarium and Science Center in Lumberton. We told you a few weeks back (and Ken wrote in an introductory post) that he had been honored by the International Planetarium Society to go to Italy as a science teaching ambassador. We are so pleased to be able to follow Ken’s teaching adventures and Italian explorations right here on the NC Science Trail Science Blog. Exploring the world is a big deal, whether you do it in your back yard, or on the other sid ..read more
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