'Reading Rainbow' host to be star of Nebraska Science Festival

LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton

By Micah Mertes / Omaha World-Herald staff writer

LeVar Burton, the former “Star Trek” actor and “Reading Rainbow” host, is coming to Omaha.

Burton will headline the 2016 Nebraska Science Festival.

The fest, which will take place April 15-23, will feature all sorts of science- and tech-related activities at locations across the state.

On April 22, Burton will present “Technology & Storytelling: Making a Difference in the Digital Age” at Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge St. His 7:30 p.m. presentation will be free, open to the public and suitable for all ages, though it requires a reserved ticket.

Tickets for the general admission seating to Burton’s presentation will be released one month prior to the event, on March 22, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Check nescifest.com for more information on the Burton presentation and other SciFest events.

“Reading Rainbow” first aired in 1983 and went on to become one of the longest-running children’s shows in TV history, with reruns airing through 2009. Thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign, “Reading Rainbow” continues today as a digital reading service with new content each week.

Past SciFest speakers have included scientist Bill Nye, “Animal Planet” host Jeff Corwin and extreme storm chaser Reed Timmer.

The SciFest is presented by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.