Monday, March 23, 2015

Hands-on Activities for Kids and Parents at Science and Math Expo March 26

 Science isn’t just about textbooks and lectures. It can be messy and fun. That’s why the Science and Math Expo at Volunteer State Community College features more than fifty hands-on activities for kids and parents. Of course, grandparents and others are welcome to bring kids to the Expo, as well. The interaction between adults and children is part of the event’s success.
 “Parents are a child's first and most influential teacher,” said Dr. Billy Dye, Vol State instructor of Biology. “When kids see their parents excited by science, they become excited by it too.”
 It’s the fourteenth year for the Expo and the theme, once again, 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.
 “The Expo fosters inquiry and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math,” Dye said. “The demonstrations and hands-on experiences at the Expo ignite a child’s curiosity, which is the heart of science itself.” 
 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. There will be demonstrations covering a wide range of subjects from physics to biology. Those activities will include LEGO engineering and the Fisk University Planetarium.
 The Vol State Science and Math Expo will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 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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