Celebrate the wonders of science with the NC Science Festival - April 1-30, 2018

Celebrate the wonders of science with the NC Science Festival - April 1-30, 2018

The North Carolina Science Festival is a statewide, month-long celebration of STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations are proud to host official NC Science Festival events for children, teens and adults, like kitchen chemistry, 3D printing, rookie science, coding, the science of home brew, the great egg drop, astronomy and much more. These events spark interest and excitement in STEM fields that last all year.


Find events at a library near you on our calendar, or visit your local library. All official NC Science Festival events are listed at ncsciencefestival.org

If you can't make it to a Library for a program, check out the science programming available on demand through the Library's Digital Branch.

Working on a science project?

In addition to the great programs, the Library also offers access to dozens of online databases - all free with your library card or ONE Access™ account. Below are just a few to get you started; find all of the Library's FREE resources on cmlibrary.org.

For elementary school

PebbleGoA research tool that covers key topics in life, physical and Earth and Space Science, along with Engineering and Technology for children grades K-3. 

PowerKnowledge: Information and science fair resources on Earth & Space Science, Life Science and Physical Science

For middle and high school

ProQuest: The Library offers access to dozens of ProQuest research databases. ProQuest Central is a general reference database for more than 175 subjects from magazines, journals and newspapers, including peer-reviewed and scholarly works. Or, you can dive into specific databases like the Science Database, Biology Database or Agricultural & Environmental Science Collection

And, of course, the Library has books about science!

Are you ready to dive in to even more science, technology, engineering and mathematics? Check out these book lists for recommended reading from the Library.


Elementary School


Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. During the month of April, the Festival brings hundreds of events (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other community organizations) together under one banner to recognize the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. The 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 ncsciencefestival.org.

Agricultural & Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest) - Access via NCLIVE.org as of 2/1/2019

The collection contains environmental science related full-text articles, granular access to figures and tables within articles, impact statements, and more.

Biological Science Database (ProQuest)

Research on animal behavior, aquatic life and fisheries, biochemistry, ecology, plant science, virology, microbiology, health and safety science, and more.

PebbleGo Science

PebbleGo, the go-to resource for K-3 research and literacy.

PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science

An online earth and space science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6 with information on earth cycles, ecosystems, space and more.

PowerKnowledge Life Science

An online Life Science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6 with information on animals, habitats, green living, and more.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science

An online Physical Science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6 with information atoms, molecules, the periodic table, and more.

Science Database (ProQuest)

Applied and general science articles covering topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources, robotic engineering, genetically modified food, and more.

Science in Context

Reference content plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more. Covering earth science, life science, space, technology, and more.