NC Science Festival Mission

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. 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.

For more info about events across NC, visit

Appstate’s participation in the NC Science Festival 

Appalachian State University is proud to host multiple official NC Science Festival events each year. These events spark interest and excitement in STEM fields that last all year.

Our signature event is the ASU STEAM Expo (STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics). The Expo is held annually in the Holmes Convocation Center on Appstate’s main campus in Boone, NC. The main Expo floor is an open house with exciting, hands-on booths representing astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, health sciences, physics, psychology and much, much more! We also have science demo shows, hands-on learning events, and tours of our research facilities available for booking on Expo day.

Other Appstate NC Science Festival events include astronomy open houses at ASU’s Dark Sky Observatory and Rankin Astronomical Observatory, chemistry and physics demo shows, the annual SumoBot competition with Lego robot wars, and fascinating, free talks on STEM topics hosted by the Math and Science Education Center and the Psychology Department. For more information, please visit


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:15pm
Teachers and home schoolers: Our STEAM Expo is on April 7th, 2017 from 9 am to 2 pm. Don't forget...
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 4:49pm
NEXT EXPO: April 22nd, 2015, from 9 am to 2 pm! Teachers and homeschoolers: bring your 6th-12th...
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:48am
Contact Tracey Tardiff ( to book your class or homeschool group for the Expo!
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Upcoming Events


Schools/groups to attend Expo, contact:

Tracey Tardiff

828-262-8016 ext. 102

326C Edwin Duncan Hall 

Booth/presenter registration, contact:

Tonya Coffey

327 Garwood Hall


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