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Botanical Gardens to Hold Carnivorous Plant Carnival

A two-hour family friendly Carnivorous Plant Carnival will be from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 25, at McMillan Greenhouse.

Organized by the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, this event will feature hands-on games and activities suitable for children ages 4 to 12 – including the chance to feed a Venus flytrap.

Tickets are $8 per child and can be purchased online (free for the accompanying adult) or at the door through noon on the day of the event (if available, attendance is limited to 100 children). All children must have an adult present.

Autobell 'Creek Challenge' Competition Held

UNC Charlotte’s Center for STEM Education was the location for the finals of a novel competition, the Creek Challenge, which tested participating elementary students on their knowledge of local waterways.

The challenge, held in conjunction with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and sponsor Autobell Car Wash, resulted from a pilot program of a unique water-related science program being used in nine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) elementary schools.

CMS students learned about regional water quality issues and their role as stewards of this important resource. The University’s Center for STEM Education and Urban Institute, along with staff from Autobell, developed curriculum and activities; the program began earlier this year with teacher training, followed by classroom and onsite educational creek activities for students.