Wake County’s Energy Advisory Commission and Marbles Kids Museum are teaming up to spark young minds about the benefits of sustainability and renewable energy. The event, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., will allow visitors to the museum in downtown Raleigh to enjoy fun, hands-on activities, check out electric cars, and see IMAX films on sustainability. The Energy Expo is free with admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
“This is an exciting opportunity to help children learn about complex ideas in a fun and enjoyable way,” said Shinica Thomas, chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners. “Energy education is a priority for us. The expo is designed to inspire children to make a difference in the future of energy and be responsible in managing energy in their homes. And we do hope that in the future they will put their knowledge into action and come up with creative solutions.”
The Energy Advisory Commission has worked to find ways to conserve energy in Wake County since its founding in 1978. For 27 years, the commission hosted a weeklong Energy Camp in the summer, which featured energy-related activities. Now, in an effort to reach a larger audience, the commission has collaborated with Marbles Kids Museum to create the Energy Expo.
This new, interactive expo aims to help broaden energy conservation education to all family members. Children can engage in hands on activities related to energy, while parents learn about making sustainable choices at home. Visitors can expect to see leading energy companies, as well as researchers from local Universities, including NCSU's OraCel program. Participants will also interact with representatives from Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, electric car company Vinfast, NC Greenpower, Eaton, and more!
Along with the exhibits, the Marbles IMAX theater will feature several documentary movies as part of the Sustainability Film Fest. The films aim to raise awareness about the importance of making sustainable choices that will have a positive impact on the Wake County community.
For more information about the expo, check out our website.