Celebrate the Magic of Science

Birmingham Children’s Theatre Presents the Second Annual Science Exhibition

At first glance, the idea of combining magic and science may seem counterintuitive. But consider that throughout history, many unexplained phenomena were once chalked up to the supernatural, only to be later explained by scientific methods. It’s precisely this intriguing intersection of ideas that the Birmingham Children’s Theatre (BCT) has teamed up with
Alabama Public Television and the Southern Research to explore at their Second Annual Science Exhibition.

The Magic of Science Exhibition is a partnership between Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Alabama Public Television, and Southern Research.

On Saturday, April 4, this “magical” event will occur at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC). Here students, from third- to eighth-grade, will convene to examine a scientific innovation that was once viewed as magic, research and document the historical understanding and modern scientific developments, and then design and implement an experiment or project that demonstrates the innovation. Their efforts will culminate in a discussion of the history of its shift from magic to science.

Interested students may apply online until March 4. These students may work individually or in groups. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded to individual students and groups in both the elementary school category (3 rd to 5 th grades) and the middle school category (6th to 8th grades).

Before the awards ceremony, students will interact with the judges, who are leading scientists and researchers from across the STEM fields. Participating students are also encouraged to ask these professionals questions about their lives, education, and current work.

“Allowing Alabama students the opportunity to participate in experiential learning experiences like ‘The Magic of Science’ gives them a taste of what scientists do every day,” says Kathryn Lanier, Ph.D., director of STEM Education Outreach. All participating students and their sponsor teachers will receive a complimentary ticket to The Sword in the Stone performance held that day.

“This exhibition allows us to bring together experts from many different fields and help students explore how their varied passions can work together to build a successful and exciting future,” says Rebecca Yeager, resident artist of Birmingham Children’s Theatre.

The Sword in the Stone is the story of young King Arthur who has a date with destiny when he pulls that fateful sword from its rocky sheath. But becoming King requires many lessons along the way, and only the old wizard Merlin can help point him in the right direction.

When: Saturday, April 4, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
Where: The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Ala. 35203 map
How to Apply: Entry forms are due March 4. For more information, visit bct123.org/science-fair


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