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STEM open house in Kannapolis

April 04, 2013

 

The Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites people of all ages to its second annual STEM Open House at the college’s teaching facility on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC).

On Friday, April 12, from 2-5 p.m., the college will open its doors to the community for a fun, interactive event showcasing the college’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

“Almost everything we do in life involves STEM, but not everyone realizes it,” said Dr. Marcy Corjay, dean of the college’s science, biotechnology, mathematics and information technologies. “Science deals with our natural and physical world. Technology has given us iPads, smartphones and computers we use every single day. Engineering includes building things. Mathematics ranges from financial decisions to gaming strategies, such as playing pool or engaging in games of logic.”

The college will have dozens of interactive exhibits for kids and adults of all ages to stir curiosity for all things STEM. The community will have the opportunity to perform DNA extraction in the college’s science labs, help a robot disarm a simulated bomb and even engage in making bouncy balls and firefighting.

“The STEM Open House is a true celebration of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “One of my goals since coming to Rowan-Cabarrus is to increase the breadth and depth of our STEM education. I fully believe that everyone can be interested in STEM — and that it’s critical that we embrace these subjects. America used to be the leader in technology and innovation. It’s time for us to reclaim that role.”

The college wants younger children to attend with their parents. The exhibits will be diverse — everything from the complexity of balancing pH in dying hair to the chemistry of making ice cream and how to develop videogames that use race cars and firetrucks.

Surrounding public and private schools will be busing in students for the occasion. The target audience for this open house is broader than it has been in the past. In addition to attracting more traditional-aged prospective students, the college also want younger children (elementary- and middle-school-aged) to participate with their parents.

RCCC’s STEM Open House will be one event occurring as part of the N.C. Science Festival taking place April 5-21. Events throughout the state are designed to bring science to life for students and their parents.

Locally, the college has coordinated with other universities, schools and groups in Kannapolis to design events that will appeal to the whole community (http://www.cityofkannapolis.com/celebratescience).

For more information about this event or to bring your students from school, please contact Dr. Marcy Corjay at 704-216-7217 or marcy.corjay@rccc.edu.

The STEM Open House will be held at RCCC’s building on the North Carolina Research Campus at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis. For more information about RCCC, please visit www.rccc.edu.

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