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March 3, 2024 9:53 pm

Free event offers STEM and art activities for families

A Wayne Community College student assists a participant during the recent Science Night for children. The Art of Science will provide similar hands-on activities on April 22 at the college.

GOLDSBORO — Art and science will get equal billing during Wayne Community College’s upcoming Earth Day event.

“The Art of Science” will be a free carnival-style walk-through celebration of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. It will take place at the college from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

It is open to the whole family and no pre-registration is required. Approximately two dozen stations will introduce attendees to a variety of short, hands-on experiments and interactive displays about biodiversity, biotechnology, plants, density and more. Each station will have both science and art connections.

Activities include viewing and photographing microscopic organisms, constructing a virus model, creating artwork using pipettes, making leaf rubbings, crafting a Venus flytrap puppet, assembling density towers, building rockets, contributing to a fingerprint mural and more. “The activities are geared toward elementary-age children, but everyone is welcome,” said WCC Biology Instructor Lynn Swafford. “Children can take home all of their creations as a reminder of this STEAM event.”

Most stations will be located inside the Wayne Learning Center (building with flagpoles in front). A few activities will take place outside the building. The event is hosted by WCC science faculty and students in the college’s Honors Program. The Aurora Fossil Museum is a special contributor.

WCC’s event is one of 400 events in this year’s North Carolina Science Festival. See the full schedule of this month’s events at

— From Wayne Community College Public Information