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Science Fairgoers Have Plate-Spinning, Soap-Swirling Good Time While Learning

Representatives from six of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic schools, as well as student organizations, high school classmates and outside vendors, offered a variety of  hands-on activities that both enlightened and entertained attendees at Wednesday’s Science Festival for elementary and middle school pupils. The event, coordinated by Outreach for K-12 and co-sponsored by the college and college and Technology Futures of North Central PA, was held in the Field House.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue

Scott A. Geist, director of Penn College’s Surgical Technology Program, shows a visitor how to use some of the tools of the operating room.
Scott A. Geist, director of Penn College’s Surgical Technology Program, shows a visitor how to use some of the tools of the operating room.

Forest technology student Fisher T. Stewart shows participants how foresters use a measuring tool to estimate the number of 16-foot logs a tree holds.
Forest technology student Fisher T. Stewart shows participants how foresters use a measuring tool to estimate the number of 16-foot logs a tree holds.

Penn College physics professor David S. Richards uses visual aids to talk about past U.S. space missions.
Penn College physics professor David S. Richards uses visual aids to talk about past U.S. space missions.

Wondergy, a “science edutainment” company, provides a skate science presentation.
Wondergy, a “science edutainment” company, provides a skate science presentation.

A Williamsport Area High School student helps a visitor identify and place the heart.
A Williamsport Area High School student helps a visitor identify and place the heart.

Williamsport Area High School students show a visitor the details of his fingerprint.
Williamsport Area High School students show a visitor the details of his fingerprint.

A high-schooler shows a younger student the science of UV light as it changes the color of several beads.
A high-schooler shows a younger student the science of UV light as it changes the color of several beads.

A high school student helps a youngster check the cleanliness of his hands.
A high school student helps a youngster check the cleanliness of his hands.

A member of the Muncy Creek Watershed Association shows a macroinvertebrate.
A member of the Muncy Creek Watershed Association shows a macroinvertebrate.

Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, shows some of the science of his field.
Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, shows some of the science of his field.

The Science Festival annually attracts a large crowd of families.
The Science Festival annually attracts a large crowd of families.

At a NASA Aerospace Education Services booth, a child pretends to make repairs to the space station.
At a NASA Aerospace Education Services booth, a child pretends to make repairs to the space station.

Exploring physics principals, a participant spins a plate.
Exploring physics principals, a participant spins a plate.

Diesel technology student David S. Miller conducts a game of calculations.
Diesel technology student David S. Miller conducts a game of calculations.

Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive, shows how hydrogen fuel cells work to power vehicles.
Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive, shows how hydrogen fuel cells work to power vehicles.

Early childhood education student Amanda A. Galer shows how the surface tension of water changes with the addition of a “super-secret solution” (dish soap).
Early childhood education student Amanda A. Galer shows how the surface tension of water changes with the addition of a “super-secret solution” (dish soap).

Baking and pastry arts student Megan R. Chapman helps a festival-goer to measure ingredients by weight.
Baking and pastry arts student Megan R. Chapman helps a festival-goer to measure ingredients by weight.

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