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The pre-spring thaw – 50-plus degrees in the middle of February – sent a veritable Fountain of Youth flowing through campus, as a series of events introduced area girls and boys to a variety of exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. On Feb. 15, a Science Festival was held in Bardo Gym and the Field House; two days later, Girl Scouts gathered for a STEM event that included video-game design, and Boy Scouts attended a third annual Merit Badge College across campus.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer, and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations

With the help of a student nurse, a young visitor gets a heartfelt earful.
With the help of a student nurse, a young visitor gets a heartfelt earful.

The Carnegie Science Center presents “SolarQuest,” allowing youngsters to explore the sun without leaving Bardo Gym.
The Carnegie Science Center presents “SolarQuest,” allowing youngsters to explore the sun without leaving Bardo Gym.

Making science fun ... and accessibly understandable!
Making science fun … and accessibly understandable!

Fifth-graders fill Bardo Gym for an enthralling and interactive experience.
Fifth-graders fill Bardo Gym for an enthralling and interactive experience.

Inside Evangelical Community Hospital's mobile health unit
Inside Evangelical Community Hospital’s mobile health unit

"SolarQuest" brings our favorite life-sustaining fireball down to Earth.
“SolarQuest” brings our favorite life-sustaining fireball down to Earth.

An evening session in the Field House is perennially popular with youngsters and parents alike.
An evening session in the Field House is perennially popular with youngsters and parents alike.

Construction management instructor Brad M. Martin (right) and student Tylor C. Oravec have as much fun "playing in the dirt" as their young guest! Participants were introduced to different soil types, as well as the concept of compaction. Oravec, of Bethlehem, was joined in the activity by fellow construction management student Bryan W. Ralko (not pictured), of Doylestown.
Construction management instructor Brad M. Martin (right) and student Tylor C. Oravec have as much fun “playing in the dirt” as their young guest! Participants were introduced to different soil types, as well as the concept of compaction. Oravec, of Bethlehem, was joined in the activity by fellow construction management student Bryan W. Ralko (not pictured), of Doylestown.

Representatives of Seewald Laboratories Inc., a longtime environmental and agricultural testing facility in Williamsport, show how sampling is done.
Representatives of Seewald Laboratories Inc., a longtime environmental and agricultural testing facility in Williamsport, show how sampling is done.

Who knows what knowledge lurks within local middle-schoolers? The shadow knows!
Who knows what knowledge lurks within local middle-schoolers? The shadow knows!

Elizabeth Egan, a PlastiVan educator with the Society of Plastic Engineers, mixes fun and chemistry to create crowd-pleasing slime.
Elizabeth Egan, a PlastiVan educator with the Society of Plastic Engineers, mixes fun and chemistry to create crowd-pleasing slime.

Smiles while learning? The best of all possible worlds!
Smiles while learning? The best of all possible worlds!

Girl Scouts monitor their creative process.
Girl Scouts monitor their creative process.

The tactile satisfaction of hands-on learning
The tactile satisfaction of hands-on learning

Chris E. Miller, police chief and director of campus safety, schools Boy Scouts on crime-scene investigation.
Chris E. Miller, police chief and director of campus safety, schools Boy Scouts on crime-scene investigation.

Already well-decorated for their accomplishments, Scouts diligently expand their horizons.
Already well-decorated for their accomplishments, Scouts diligently expand their horizons.

Working toward a new merit badge in one of the country's oldest automotive programs
Working toward a new merit badge in one of the country’s oldest automotive programs

The inflation delegation, reporting for duty
The inflation delegation, reporting for duty

 

 

 

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