For the third year, the High Point Museum is participating in the North Carolina Science Festival and this year will be hosting four events during April. All of the events are official events of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.
Fire and Iron: The Art and Science of the Blacksmith’s Forge will be presented Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the North Carolina Artist-Blacksmith's Association will be working throughout the day and discussing the science involved in taking the raw materials of the world and turning them into everyday objects.
The Museum will present North Carolina Piedmont Gold Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come learn about the science and history of gold mining in North Carolina. Gold was first discovered in NC in 1799 and was mined in the greater High Point area for many years. Learn about the chemistry of gold and the different technologies that have been used to help people get it from the ground and into their everyday lives. Also learn about the different kinds of rocks and minerals in the area and where else they found gold around the state. Visitors can try gold panning.
“We’re excited to participate in the North Carolina Science Festival,” Michael Scott, Curator of Education at the High Point Museum, said. “We want to bring quality programs and activities to our city Museum that connect history to a variety of multi-disciplines including science and art.”
On Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. come discover the science behind two of the earliest ways that people invented and used photography to capture the world around them. The High Point Museum and Benita VanWinkle of High Point University will show visitors how early photography sits at the intersection of chemistry and artistry. We will explore pinhole photography and cyanotype photography. Visitors will be able to make their own cyanotype print and learn how to build their own pinhole cameras.
What do wine, sauerkraut, cheese, beer, kimche and yogurt all have in common? Come learn that and more Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join the High Point Museum and Rockingham Community College Center for Brewing Sciences for Brewtastic! Fermentation is the Name of the Game and explore how fermentation works. Learn about its history and how people have long used the science of microbes to make some of our favorite foods.
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.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov