2013 Mountain Science Expo: Ready, Set, EXPLORE!

Image of Axel Graumann staffing the NCDC booth at the 2012 Mountain Science Expo

Meteorologist, Axel Graumann staffed NCDC’s booth at the 2012 Mountain Science Expo.

NCDC will participate in the 2013 Mountain Science Expo: Ready, Set, EXPLORE! from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the North Carolina Arboretum, a few miles southwest of downtown Asheville. The theme of the event is Citizen Science, and two NCDC staff members will distribute a wide variety of NOAA materials. NCDC will also demonstrate the CycloneCenter.org website, which allows volunteers to examine color-enhanced images from 30 years of tropical cyclones taken from the archives of NCDC’s Hurricane Satellite Data system. 

The 2012 Mountain Science Expo attracted 600 attendees. This year, thanks to a partnership with the local library system, attendance is expected to increase to 1,000. Starting a month prior to the event, children that checked out a book about science at any local library branch received a "Golden Ticket," which allows their family free entry to the Arboretum the day of the event.

The Mountain Science Expo is part of the statewide North Carolina Science Festival in April. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina and coincides with Earth Day celebrations. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences, while inspiring future generations to pursue science-related careers.

Most importantly, scientists want everyone to know what they know—science is fun!