Coe receives STEM grant to support Playground of Science

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2013-08-23 11:35:32 - General

Coe College has received a $2,000 grant from the Southeast Iowa Regional STEM Program in support of the annual Playground of Science. The grant funds will be used on equipment, supplies and consumables for the popular event.

Since its inception in 2003, the Playground of Science night has become one of the largest community outreach events held on the Coe campus. Each fall, more than 1,500 people of all ages participate in everything from levitating objects and launching pumpkins to shattering grapes and making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Hosted by faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments at Coe, the event provides demonstrations and facilitates hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

"We are pleased that the Playground of Science has become such a large success," said B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics and event coordinator Steve Feller. "The event provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to learn about science and the natural world. We sincerely appreciate the STEM support, which will allow us to make this year's Playground of Science even better."

This year, the free event will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 6-9 p.m. in Peterson Hall of Science.

STEM – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Coalition – is a national program supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and other agencies. The group is dedicated to ensuring high quality education at all levels in the STEM areas.