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May 2015 Events
Space Waste
Sunday, May 10, 2 PM
Type: Public Program
How do astronauts handle life’s necessities in outer space? Where did all the space debris come from, and how can we clean it up? Come find out how we deal with waste in space!
The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration
Feature Exhibit Opens Saturday, January 17
Type: Exhibit
Journey across the Solar System to explore the Sun and its family of planets, moons, comets and asteroids that define our place in space. Gain an appreciation for Earth as the only place for life as we know it as we compare our planet to other objects that also orbit our sun. Experience the grandeur, desolation, power, silence, resources or loneliness that each of our “solar neighbors” have to offer. Learn about the evolution of space study, our current robotic and telescopic exploration efforts, and our potential future in the Solar System. This exhibit features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution, and an interactive Mars Colony.
Horace Kephart Days
Friday, May 14, 12 - 5 PM though Saturday, May 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Type: Public Program
Join with us in a celebration of the life and works of Horace Kephart-author, outdoorsman, and a founding father of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Kephart wrote the classic study of Appalachian mountain culture (Our Southern Highlanders, 1913) and the encyclopedic guide to outdoor living (Camping and Woodcraft, 1906). Explore a living history demonstration of camping in the early 20th Century style. Saturday’s activities include presentations by researchers and scholars, including the author’s great granddaughter Libby Kephart Hargrave.
Citizen Science: The Solar System
Sunday, May 17, 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Help scientists around the world without leaving your house! Discover what the climate’s like on Mars, find a new planet and uncover the source of a black hole through Zooniverse Citizen Science projects. No specialized knowledge required. Activities are fast, fun and family friendly.
I Scream for Ice Cream!
Saturday, May 23, 10 AM - 2 PM
Type: Public Program
Enjoy activities in celebration of the ultimate summer treat! Discover the science of ice cream through demonstrations and activities. Sample a variety of traditional flavors and unusual flavors. At 1 PM be part of setting a Guinness World Record–the most people making ice cream at one time! The first 300 visitors may participate and get a certificate in recognition. Be sure to stop-by to enjoy the grand-opening of our new feature exhibit, The Scoop on Ice Cream.
Schiele Science Café: A Grassroots Look at Ice Cream
Thursday, May 28, 6 PM
Type: Public Program
Ask questions, share opinions, and express ideas with other science lovers in this relaxed social environment. Begin the night by making your own ice cream! Dr. Keith Harris, Associate Professor of Food Science at NC State University, will discuss the importance of soil and grass quality in making a great ice cream cone! Ice Cream provided and adult beverages available! $5 per participant (includes one beverage). Call 704-854-6676 for advance tickets.
A Bugs Day
Saturday, May 30, 10 AM - 4 PM
Type: Public Program
Experience the wild world of insects, spiders and other arthropods! Meet entomologists from across the state, participate in hands-on opportunities with live insects, and have lots of fun while learning about bugs. There will be a special program involving live insects, lots of insect species for you to gaze upon, and creepy crawly crafts and activities. Come see if you’re brave enough to eat a bug! View the world from a different point of view and find out the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to insects. $3 in addition to museum admission
The Camp Sideboard
Saturday, May 2, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
A handcrafted wooden kitchen sideboard adds a touch of utilitarian class to any camp grub box-making your work easier and your food safer. Using both repurposed and wild-crafted materials, participants will shape and finish several projects chosen from the traditional inventory of flat camp treenware-dough boards, cutting boards, serving boards, bread and cheese boards. $60 Museum Members/$65 Non-Members. Call 704-866-6912 to register.
A Moveable Feast
Sunday, May 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
Type: Adult Workshop
Explore the foods, the tools and the techniques of eating alfresco in the classic style from the hike lunch to the grand spread. Early 20th Century records of picnic foods and culture give us great insight into the camp foods, recipes, and menus of the day. After examining a selection of period picnic gear, participants will manufacture their own unique set of rustic wood-and-steel utensils suitable for any outdoor eating adventure. $60 Museum Members /$65 Non-Members Call 704-866-6912 to register.