West Marion Elementary School will present Duke Energy Science Night on March 22 from 5-6 p.m. at West Marion Elementary School. Duke Energy Science Night is an official event of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.

Science Night will include fun activities that involve science, technology, engineering, and math topics designed to be engaging, hands-on and accessible. Students will make tin foil boats, catapults, parachutes, and more. This is a free event and open to the public.

For more information about Duke Energy Science Night, contact Renata Crawley at renata.crawley@mcdowell.k12.nc.us .

As an official 2018 North Carolina Science Festival event, Duke Energy Science Night is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“Science is fun, science is everywhere, science is for everyone — that’s what the North Carolina Science Festival is all about,” said Jonathan Frederick, festival director. “In 2018, we have a special focus on ‘The Science of Food and Drink’ with events for the full month of April.”

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.