Kids of all ages welcome at Coe's 14th annual Playground of Science

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2016-10-06 09:32:33 - General

A Coe student leads a demonstration during the 2015 Playground of Science.
A Coe student leads a demonstration during the 2015 Playground of Science.

Students of all ages are invited to levitate objects, launch pumpkins with a trebuchet, shatter grapes, make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and much more at the 14th annual Coe Playground of Science night. The free event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. in 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.

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 For more information, call 319-399-8633.