NCRC Hosts a “Taste of Science” for Cabarrus Big Brothers and Big Sisters

January 24, 2018

NCRC Hosts a “Taste of Science” for Cabarrus Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Saturday, January 27 from 11 am to 1 pm, 40 children ages 8 to 12 will visit the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis for “A Taste of Science.” They will join several NCRC partners in the first floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building, 150 Research Campus Drive, to try out hands-on activities geared to peak their interest in science and nutrition.

NCRC partners are volunteering to sponsor activities that include:

  • DNA Origami by UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division
  • Star Wars Blue Milk- Make and Taste It and a Nutrition IQ Quiz by the Dole Nutrition Institute
  • Racing Neurons by Discovery MS
  • All About our Skin by Endev Laboratories
  • Be a Scientist and What Food Group? by the Catalyst Group, the NCRC’s young professionals association
  • Fun Planning a Healthy Plate by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The NC State Plants for Human Health Institute is loaning their fruits and vegetables display, and Saroja Voruganti, PhD, with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, will have a table featuring her Children’s Health Study.  The study is enrolling children and their parents to identify genes and lifestyle factors that affect children’s health status and overall well-being.

“This is such a fantastic opportunity to engage the community through health-oriented and hands-on science activities,” said Mark Spitzer, vice president of Castle & Cooke North Carolina, the company that provides business development support to the NCRC. “This event is all about making the NCRC better understood in our community and inspiring kids to pursue scientific discovery and a healthy lifestyle.”

The event grew out of a similar one hosted last year by NorthState, formerly DataChambers and an NCRC partner. Brian Cesca, NorthState Charlotte Region general manager, commented:  “At NorthState, stewardship is one of our core values. We have always believed that community impact should be a mission of all of our team members. We have found the partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Cabarrus County has been a great way to foster that core value and mission. Our first big event, Passport to Innovation, was a great way for the BBBS community to get exposure to the vast possibilities in the technology world. We believe this upcoming event will further that impact.”

Connie Rheinecker, area director for Cabarrus County Big Brothers and Big Sisters, added, “Our Little Brothers and Little Sisters are very excited to learn about the science and nutrition that is researched on the amazing NC Research Campus.  To experience firsthand what scientists and researchers do right here in their own backyard is incredible. Maybe some of them will develop a vision for their own future in science as a result of what they experience at this event. Big Brothers and Big Sisters is grateful for the NC Research Campus partners and NorthState for providing this incredible opportunity. “


About Cabarrus Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Since 2004, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing mentors (Bigs) for children (Littles) ages 5 through 18 in Cabarrus County. Today, the organization serves more than 200 children through traditional community and school-based mentoring and innovative specialty programs that connect caring adults with local children in meaningful one-to-one relationships, and develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


About the North Carolina Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus, located in Kannapolis, NC, near Charlotte, is a scientific community that collaboratively works to empower human health through nutrition. Eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, global companies and entrepreneurs focus research and development on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition. Learn more at




Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus, or 704-200-5070

Connie Rheinecker, Cabarrus Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or 704-305-3411

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