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Science Exploration Made Fun at Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts Family Science Day on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Science Day offers science exploration and discovery for adults and children of all ages. More than a dozen regional organizations will help guests discover the wonders of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). 

Demonstrations include remotely operated vehicles and robots. No Sleeves Magic will present “The Science of Magic.”   

“Family Science Day showcases real science and STEAM exploration happening in our community,” said Aquarium Education Curator Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino. “Science is fun and applies in so much we do every day.” 

 As an official 2016 North Carolina Science Festival event, the Aquarium’s Family Science Day is among hundreds of community-based events showcasing STEM activities for the citizens of North Carolina. Family Science Day is free with paid Aquarium admission. 

Community partners scheduled to attend Family Science Day include Airlie Garden, Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Audubon Society, Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology Club, Frog Watch USA, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Whiteville, North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center, University of North Carolina Wilmington Math Preservice Teachers, United States National Whitewater Center. 

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States.  During a two-week celebration each spring, the Festival brings hundreds of events (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other community organizations) together under one banner to recognize the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. The Festival is presented by Biogen Idec Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit


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