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Hands-On Activities Engage Hundreds at On-Campus Science Festival

Lecturer Matthew W. Nolan guides a visitor's use of a welding simulator.
Lecturer Matthew W. Nolan guides a visitor’s use of a welding simulator.
The Field House floor, filled with intriguing family attractions, beckons young scientists.
The Field House floor, filled with intriguing family attractions, beckons young scientists.
Horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. makes education enjoyable, thanks to schoolkids' timeless fascination with insects.
Horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. makes education enjoyable, thanks to schoolkids’ timeless fascination with insects.
Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology at Penn College, supervises an impromptu team in a simulated OR.
Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology at Penn College, supervises an impromptu team in a simulated OR.
A familiar sight at Tuesday's festival: A child's face, awash in enchantment.
A familiar sight at Tuesday’s festival: A child’s face, awash in enchantment.

More than 400 people participated in Tuesday night’s Science Festival in Penn College’s Field House – including homeschooled pupils and attendees from all Lycoming County school districts. A number of Penn College faculty members were among those offering fun, interactive displays to enlighten youngsters about related career fields. “Vendors were very happy with the turnout and expressed gratitude for the interactions with enthusiastic students,” said Tanya Berfield, project and data reporting technician for the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, which handled on-campus coordination for the event.
Photos by Craig R. Urey, student photographer

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