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Young minds (and the busy hands that accompany them) were thoroughly spellbound at Thursday’s Science Festival in the Field House, where area elementary and middle school students and their families stepped into an astonishing STEM playground. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce partnered with exhibitors for three hours of demonstrations and activities designed to ignite an enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. “We had 403 participants, which is very exciting considering we missed a year and weren’t able to host the fifth grade daytime event based on uncertainty over COVID during planning,” said Tanya Berfield, director of K-12 Outreach, whose office coordinated the highly popular and interactive event.  “The vendor reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, too!” Penn College was well-represented among those exhibitors, with contributions from the Alpha Chi honor society, the ConCreate Design Club, the Electrical Technology and Nursing departments, and the LEAP Center.

– Photos by Alexis M. Burrell, student photographer


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