Appalachian State

NCRC Science Stop is a New Addition at Jiggy with a Piggy

May 02, 2017

Kannapolis, NC- The annual Jiggy with a Piggy Festival is this weekend in downtown Kannapolis. Scientists and staff from the research centers at the NC Research Campus are joining the fun on Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at the NCRC Science stop.

Children and their families will find the Science Stop in front of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute building near the Kids Zone. There will be tables with free, hands-on activities focused on nutrition and science with healthy snacks as prizes.

Come by the NCRC Science Stop and enjoy:

  • Eat Uniquely

At the UNC Nutrition Research Institute table, make your very own MyPlate meal plan using stickers, and guess how much sugar is in your favorite snacks versus healthy fruits and vegetables. It is all about learning to eat uniquely!

  • Healthy Eating

To encourage families to enjoy nutritious meals and snacks, the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute is sponsoring healthy eating activities.

  • DNA Origami

Join scientists from UNC Charlotte to use origami to fold a DNA double helix and find out how they use computers to analyze DNA.

  • Fitness Fanatics

Try the vertical jump, sprint station and strength test at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory Fitness Fanatics area and show off how fit you are!

  • Nerve Center

Race neurons to learn how multiple sclerosis affects 2.5 million people worldwide and how Discovery MS, located in the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), is finding new ways to help people with the disease lead better lives.

  •    Future Scientists

At the NC Research Campus/DHMRI table, kids can dress up as a future scientist. Mom and Dad can take advantage of the photo op and pick up healthy recipe cards.

“We are very excited to have several of our research centers join together to host the NCRC Science Stop,” said Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus director of communications. “This is a great way for people to learn about health and nutrition and get a behind the scenes look at the research going on across our campus.”


About the NC Research Campus

The North Carolina Research Campus, located in Kannapolis, NC near Charlotte, is a scientific community of eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, global companies and entrepreneurs. Research and development focuses on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition. Learn more at



Media Contact:

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



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