Teachers encouraged to register classes early for 2019 student expos.

The 2019 Nebraska Science Festival may be months away, but organizers are encouraging teachers to register their classes now for the free science expos.

Registration will open Oct. 24 at noon for the student expos, which will provide nearly 1,600 students the opportunity to participate in engaging, hands-on learning.

In addition to the student expos, the seventh annual Nebraska Science Festival – scheduled throughout the month of April – will feature an array of science- and technology-related activities in communities across the state.

This year, student expos will be held at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb., and The Durham Museum in Omaha.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and fills quickly. Teachers should visit www.nescifest.com to register their classes (expos are geared toward second- through fifth-graders) for either an 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. slot, or an 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot. Student expo dates are as follows:

April 18 – The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum;

April 26 – The Durham Museum.

Beyond the student expos, the public is encouraged to mark their calendars for the free science expo on April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Durham Museum in Omaha. A variety of hands-on science booths will be available for people of all ages to broaden their knowledge on different science topics.

For more information on Science Festival activities, including how to volunteer as an individual, community site or a science expo booth, go to www.nescifest.com. Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

Presented by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Nebraska Science Festival is a collaboration 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, KETV also will serve as a sponsor.

SciFest updates and information can be found on NeSciFest.com, as well as on Twitter (@NESciFest) and Facebook (NE SciFest).