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Science Festival to Bring Hands-On Activities to Local Families

On Feb. 18, local families are invited to the Field House at Pennsylvania College of Technology to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of interesting and engaging activities.

The fifth annual Science Festival is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by the college and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

Edward J. Almasy, assistant professor of electronics, explores statistical principles with visitors to a previous Science Festival at Penn College. The community is invited to the fifth annual event – geared for elementary and middle school students and their families – on Feb. 18 in the college’s Field House.
Edward J. Almasy, assistant professor of electronics, explores statistical principles with visitors to a previous Science Festival at Penn College. The community is invited to the fifth annual event – geared for elementary and middle school students and their families – on Feb. 18 in the college’s Field House.

Local businesses and organizations, along with area school and college-affiliated groups, will provide exciting hands-on activities geared toward elementary and middle school students, as well as their families.

Joining the activities is the Carnegie Science Center, of Pittsburgh, which will present “Rockin’ Robots” from 5-7 p.m.

The Science Festival’s activities are designed to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and exciting careers in related fields.

During the day, nearly 1,500 fifth-graders from 11 area school districts will visit campus, where they’ll rotate through the “Rockin’ Robots” program, a “Taste of Technology” presentation by Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality (which will be presented at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., in April), and hands-on activities in the Field House.

On-campus coordination for the Science Festival is being handled by the College Transitions Office. The festival is paid for by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and Penn College, with additional sponsorship support from area businesses.

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

The snow date for the event is Feb. 25.

To learn more about services available to school districts through the College Transitions Office, call 570-320-8003.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.