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Children, Families Invited to March 6 Science Festival

Pennsylvania College of Technology will host a Science Festival on March 6 sponsored by the college and Technology Futures of North Central PA.

The event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Penn College Field House, provides a variety of fun, hands-on math and science demonstrations geared toward elementary and middle school students, as well as their families. The experiments are designed to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and exciting careers in related fields.

Demonstrations are provided by organizations and companies that have a focus on science, as well as students and faculty from Williamsport Area High School and Penn College. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event, participating in activities as diverse as extracting DNA from strawberries and being videotaped before a green screen.

A free shuttle bus, running loops from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is provided between the Field House and Jackson and Cochran elementary schools.

On-campus coordination is being handled by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The festival is paid for by Technology Futures of North Central PA and Penn College. Additional support comes from area businesses through sponsorships. Sponsors include Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and OPTiMO IT.

The local Science Festival is a satellite event of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation’s largest celebration of all things science and engineering.

A preliminary list of participants includes: Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Civil Air Patrol, Discovery Machine, Keystone Wood Products Association, Larson Design Group, Lycoming Engines, Muncy Creek Watershed Association, NASA Aerospace Education Services, OPTiMO IT, Phillips Supply House, Primus Technologies, RETTEW, Trout Unlimited and the Williamsport Area School District.

Penn College will have exhibitors from the following academic areas: architectural technology; automotive; heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; hospitality; information technology; math; physics; and occupational therapy. In addition, the college’s Diesel Performance Technicians Association, Early Educators and Forestry student clubs will participate.

To learn more about services available to school districts through the Outreach for K-12 Office at Penn College, call 570-320-8003.

For general information about the college, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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