Free Earth Day Event Offers STEM and Art Activities for Families

Free Earth Day Event Offers STEM and Art Activities for Families

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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

It is open to the whole family and no pre-registration is required.

Close to 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

Wayne Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone needing accommodation or having questions about access should contact the college’s Accessibility Counselor at 919-739-6729 or [email protected].