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USA Science Festival: Where ‘D.C.’ Stands for ‘Definitely Cool’


A national leader in applied technology education returned to the nation’s capital this past weekend, serving up a second helping of “A Taste of Technology” at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Students again led the presentations of a popular program subtitled, “Sweet and Savory Science,” joined by Penn College faculty members Chef Frank M. Suchwala, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts; Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of food and hospitality management/culinary arts; Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts; and Brian M. McKeon Sr., assistant professor of physician assistant. The college’s 400-square-foot exhibit featured three stations, enlisting the public’s hands-on help (and rewarding their taste buds on the other side of the demos).

– Photos by Tina M. Miller, director of public relations/marketing, and Chef Frank M. Suchwala

Descending the escalator for the job at hand
Descending the escalator for the job at hand

Setting up shop in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Setting up shop in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Students, faculty and administrators form a knowledgeable cohort for festivalgoers.
Students, faculty and administrators form a knowledgeable cohort for festivalgoers.

Penn College students (from left) Somer A. Safford, Magdalen C. Bennett and Jacob W. Parobek share culinary-related STEM concepts.
Penn College students (from left) Somer A. Safford, Magdalen C. Bennett and Jacob W. Parobek share culinary-related STEM concepts.

Donning appropriate headgear, young chefs stand ready to participate.
Donning appropriate headgear, young chefs stand ready to participate.

Alumnus/baker Daniel C. Frankenfield helps keep the crowd in thrall.
Alumnus/baker Daniel C. Frankenfield helps keep the crowd in thrall.

Suchwala lends a good-natured eyeballing to McKeon's bow tie.
Suchwala lends a good-natured eyeballing to McKeon’s bow tie.

Interactive inspiration for tomorrow's innovators
Interactive inspiration for tomorrow’s innovators

Penn College's booth is a popular attraction, with attendees standing several rows' deep awaiting their turn on the front line.
Penn College’s booth is a popular attraction, with attendees standing several rows’ deep awaiting their turn on the front line.

 

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