About the Nebraska Science Festival

Presentation during the expo

For ten days in April, Nebraskans celebrated once again, a statewide science festival.

The 2017 Nebraska Science Festival topped more than 24,412 attendees -- 5,000 more than last year -- who participated in a wide range of activities that stretched from Omaha to Scottsbluff and communities in between.

Between April 20-29, students launched high altitude balloons, built 3D objects, walked through an inflatable colon, learned about women in science, read Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) stories, and took part in planetarium and animal shows.

Adults learned the science of Madeira, met a stem cell scientist, heard from women in STEM and Art and Design careers, engaged with keynote speaker Kari Byron of "Mythbusters" and "The White Rabbit Project,” and participated in hands-on science activities alongside family and friends.

This year's 100 festival events engaged Nebraskans at 57 participating sites across the state, and in communities including Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island and Scottsbluff.

"We're thrilled to have had so many residents throughout Nebraska now, engage in science activities, once again making for a truly statewide celebration of science," said SciFest Coordinator Kacie Baum. "We appreciate the enthusiasm of all of our attendees, volunteers, participating sites and exhibitors who share their love of science and hands-on learning."

Among the new activities this year: Café Insecta, SciPop Interactive at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, numerous showings of “Hidden Figures” state-wide and two marches for science.

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The Nebraska Science Festival began in 2013 as an initiative of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which continues to administer the festival with the assistance of a number of organizations and individuals interested in the advancement of science literacy.

The Science Festival is designed to make science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike. In addition to UNMC, other 2017 sponsors included the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Nebraska Medicine, Metro Credit Union, West Corporation and media sponsors KETV and the Omaha World-Herald.

Planning already is underway for the 2018 Festival, which will run April 19-28.