10 fun STEM activities for kids at the State Fair

Learn about the important role bees and pollinators play in producing our food. The Bee Exhibit in the Expo Building features beekeepers and an active beehive on display.

Shhhh… don’t tell the kids! The State Fair is more than fun, it’s also educational. Check out out Top 10 activities to participate in science, technology, engineering and math-oriented (STEM) activities at the fair, Oct. 13-23. 1. The brink floater mussel is the Wildlife Resources Commission’s featured species of the year, and fairgoers can see these freshwater mussels up close to learn more about these invertebrates and their importance to freshwater ecosystems. The exhibit is located near the Village of Yesteryear and the Children’s Barnyard. 2. Stop by the tobacco barn in Heritage Circle to see how tobacco leaves were…

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I’ve never done that before … part II

So there’s this white tent that sits behind the Midway, next to the Holshouser Building. I’ve passed it a gazillion times as I’ve zipped along the backside of the fairgrounds trying to avoid the crowds. But I’ve never actually been inside or really known what they do there. So today, I decided to find out. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hosts a nondescript tent to educate fairgoers on the important work of the commission, as well as to teach hunter safety. A friend’s sister always stopped by the booth to try her hand at target shooting, so when she was…

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