Monday, March 31, 2014

Science and Math Expo Features Hands-on Activities for Kids - Thursday, April 3

One of the best activities around for kids and parents is coming up this Thursday at Vol State. Dipping balloons in liquid nitrogen and LEGO engineering are fun activities, but they can also help kids develop a love for science. Those are just two of more than fifty hands-on activities for kids this year at the Volunteer State Community College Science and Math Expo. It’s the thirteenth year for the event and this year the theme is “STEMtastic!” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. It’s considered among many educators to be one of the most important academic areas for job growth and economic development in the nation.

“Kids are already excited about STEM fields but not from a major or career point of view,” said event co-organizer Glenn McCombs. “They have an innate curiosity, especially in the elementary and early middle school years, and are typically fascinated by how the world works.”

The Expo is designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. Many of the activities are put together by Vol State Science and Math students, who gain a new perspective on science and math education.

“School teachers are stuck with state standards and testing outcomes so it isn't easy to fit in the cool stuff,” said McCombs. “Our advantage is that we have great Vol State students, who can really relate to the kids and make it one hundred percent fun.”

Hundreds of kids and parents explore science each year at the Expo. There will be demonstrations covering subjects from chemistry to environmental science. Those activities will include a bungee cord competition and the Vanderbilt University Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium.

The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will take place in and around the Wallace Health Sciences Building- North on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3261.

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