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11th annual Playground of Science night planned at Coe

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2013-10-10 09:18:22 - General

Coe students Dakotah Stiles '16 (left), Qiuchen Xie '15, Neil Blair '16, Jacob Deaton '13, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller and Thomas Smit '15 prepare to make ice cream by using liquid nitrogen at last year's Coe Playground of Science.

Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the 11th annual Coe Playground of Science night. The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 - 9 p.m. in the newly renovated Peterson Hall of Science on the Coe campus. Faculty and students from the physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, nursing, psychology and ROTC departments will provide demonstrations and facilitate hands-on opportunities to show that science can be fun.

The science faculty and students at Coe are not only celebrating the 11th year of this popular event, but they are eager to showcase the "new" Peterson Hall of Science to the community. The 40-year-old science center underwent a $12 million renovation over the summers of 2012 and 2013.

More than 1,500 people typically participate in the Playground of Science, making it one of the largest community events held annually on the Coe campus. The Playground of Science is designed for elementary school students and their parents, but students of all ages are welcome to participate. There will be door prizes and fun throughout the evening.

The scientific demonstrations will be interactive and include producing snow and creating dragon's breath using methanol/salts in flame. In addition, students can play with numbers, observe incredibly strong magnets, watch candy make a spray fountain out of soda, learn about the math of bubbles, and hear singing rods. Students can also see how chemistry allows for the creation of useful substances and observe molten glass poured at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit from a crucible. Models of hearts and eyes will be on display to allow students to learn about the human body. By participating in the activities, students can learn about science and the natural world.

Peterson Hall is on College Drive (13th Street) opposite the Clark Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by e-mail to Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller at sfeller@coe.edu. For more information call 399-8633.