As part of the North Carolina Science Festival at UNC Charlotte, there will be several opportunities for students of all ages to participate in different workshops during the month of April. Registration for workshops opens at the end of February.

(Parents: please note that all  K-12 workshops require the attendance of a parent or designated responsible adult, as required by university rules. In the case of the Lego Robotics events, we do not allow the registration of multiple children with a single adult (as the classes are divided by age group) without prior agreement from the university – email for approval. All other workshops can accommodate small groups of children (2-5) with a single attending adult. Adults must be present at all times.)

LEGO Robotics Workshops (4)

  • Saturday, April 7,  9 am-4 pm
  • Sunday, April 8,  9 am-4 pm
  • Saturday, April 14,  9 am-4 pm
  • Sunday, April 15,  9 am-4 pm

Where: EPIC Building Labs

Details: Day-long workshops offering kids in grades 3-12 the opportunity to learn introductory robotics skills with expert guidance.  Designed for children with little or no prior robotics experience. Participants will design, build and program robot creations using LEGO MindStorms building kits and customized software in small, multi-instructor staffed, age-appropriate classes. Advance registration is required. A parent or responsible adult is required to attend with each child and there is a $5 per person registration fee (to cover lunch costs).


Sports Physiology/Injury Prevention Workshop

Saturday, April 14, 9am-3pm

Where: Belk Gym

Details: A workshop offering kids in grades 6-8 the opportunity to learn how to prevent common injuries in the arms and legs. Designed for children (and their parents) who participate in school-based or recreational athletics. Participants will learn how to properly warm-up to prepare their bodies for activity, how to perform multiple movement screening tasks, and what to do should an injury arise. Advance registration is required, including $5 per person fee for lunch, and all children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.


Biotechnology Workshop for Teachers

Saturday, April 21, 9am-5pm

Where: Woodward Hall

Details: A free workshop in using some of the latest in biotechnology,  presented by the Department of Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte, aimed at high school biology teachers who are interested in  exploring biotech and expanding their teaching repertoire. Application required for registration – contact to register.


Computer Programming for Girls

Saturday April 21, 9-11am

Where: Woodward Hall

Details: An introductory workshop in computer coding, specifically designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 11. This engaging session is designed to show girls that programming is creative and fun — learning how to program gives you the means to create, and to make the world a better place. During this interactive class, participants will learn how to write code with immediate visual feedback and to become part of an online community. Advance registration is required, including $5 per child fee (workshop includes light refreshments). All children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Parents are encouraged to attend a parallel session, which will show them basic programming and discuss how to help their children to learn more at home.


The Colors of Chemistry Interactive Workshop (2)

  • Saturday, April 7, 9am – 3pm
  • Saturday, April 21, 9am-3pm

Where: Burson Hall

Spend the day as a scientist with the Department of Chemistry at UNC Charlotte by participating in our workshop. Learn about dyes, pigments, and other colorful chemicals by making your own chromatic concoctions. This workshop will enable you to let loose your scientific creativity with bright tie-dye and lather printing experiments! Participants will also have the opportunity to watch exciting demonstrations while learning about atoms, polymers, and how we use these materials daily! Suggested age range (7 – 14). Advance registration is required, including $5 per person fee for lunch, and all children (18 and under) must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Note: All links for workshop registration will be posted 9:00am on February 26. Please register promptly because all workshops have limited space available.