Science Exploration Made Fun at Aquarium

By / Life on the Island / Monday, 04 April 2016 04:00

KURE BEACH, N.C. – 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, robots and Legos. 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

About the Aquarium
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR).
General information:
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA:
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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