Upcoming STEM Festival only two weeks away

The third annual Mineral County STEM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Festival is fast-approaching and will be held on the campus of Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University on March 28 from noon till 4 p.m.

This free event is open to students, K-12, and their families and will host an impressive variety of workshops that’s sure to entice the curiosity in everyone.  

Participants exploring Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? It’s Oobleck! And Gak! will allow participants to discover the states and properties of matter as they make and take home their own Gak using simple kitchen items found in most households. This presentation will be given by Andrea Schafer, an elementary education instructor at Potomac State College.

The presentation by Biology Professor Dr. Gerald Wilcox, Healthy Lungs and Simulated Smoker’s Lungs, presents a hands-on activity that demonstrates the healthy lungs of a pig and the simulated lungs of a smoker, which represents the lungs of a person who has smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for approximately 20 years.

“Papermaking Demonstration – Wood Chips to Paper” will demonstrate how a sheet of paper is produced from wood pulp. The presentation will include a discussion of this renewable resource, the chemistry involved in papermaking and how paper fits into everyday life. Barbara Glasbrenner, a mathematics instructor at the College, and David Glasbrenner, an employee at Verso Corporation (formerly NewPage), will be giving the presentation.

Two other presentations to be given by PSC employees include: Recycling Impacts Our Environment by Diana Grady, administrative assistant and Jill Gardner, College librarian; and How Microbes Affect You, by Dr. Vicki Huffman, biology professor.

The mission of the STEM Festival is to re-invigorate the interest of our youth in STEM activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science gatherings.

The Mineral County STEM Network’s purpose is to increase communication among individuals, business/industry and organizations interested in encouraging our youth to consider the different STEM fields for careers.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit http://mineralstem.com/ and for regular updates on the STEM Festival “Like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MineralCountySTEM .