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Children with an appetite for science participate in last year's Nebraska Science Festival. This year, Columbus is one of three cities -- Norfolk and Wayne -- to host an activity during the festival, being held April 19-28

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The sixth annual Nebraska Science Festival – presented by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and scheduled for April 19-28 – is around the corner. And, with a multitude of science- and technology-related activities in communities across the state, it’s not too early for those interested in science to plan their SciFest schedule, released information says.

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. In addition to UNMC, other sponsors, to date, are the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Metro Credit Union, NEST 529 College Savings, Metropolitan Community College and media sponsors KETV and the Omaha World-Herald.

People can find the entire festival schedule -- with details and registration links --on www.nescifest.com, including these activities in Columbus, Wayne and Norfolk.

The Columbus SciFest event is being held from 7-8:45 p.m. April 27 at Columbus Public Library, featuring discussion about “A Warrior of the People,” written by Joe Starita, which is the biography of Susan La Flesche Picotte’s inspirational life and dedication to public health.

On March 14, 1889, La Flesche Picotte received her medical degree – becoming the first Native-American doctor in U.S. history. By age 26, this indomitable Indian woman became the doctor to her tribe. Overnight, she acquired 1,244 patients scattered across 1,350 square miles of rolling countryside with few roads. Her patients often were desperately poor and desperately sick – tuberculosis, small pox, measles, influenza. Those interested are encouraged to join to learn more about this remarkable woman. The event is free of charge for the public and no registration is required.

Activities being held in Wayne and Norfolk include:

Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College – April 20, 21, 27, 28

Plan to attend any (or all) of the free 45-minute shows that span the first life on Earth, the formation of stars, and more. Planetarium shows also generally include a tour of the current night sky and a view of the constellations. Features and show times are listed, but visit the website for show descriptions and details.

• April 20, 7 p.m. - Origins of Life

• April 21, 2 p.m. - Secret Show!

• April 27, 7 p.m. - Secret Show!

• April 28, 7 p.m. - Secret Show!

Tech Tutoring at the Norfolk Public Library – 5-7 p.m. April 23

Advance your technology skills! Help is available on a variety of topics, including navigating social media, setting up and using email, computer basics, using a smart phone or tablet, and more. To reserve your free 30-minute personal tutoring session, visit the library, call 402-844-2100 or fill out the online registration form via the SciFest website.

In addition to NeSciFest.com, people can find SciFest updates and information on Twitter (@NESciFest) and Facebook (NE SciFest).

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